Wasteful Bloods held by Halstead

PUBLISHED: 17:46 27 September 2007 | UPDATED: 21:49 29 May 2010

Ben Riches was on target for Walden last Wednesday – Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ben Riches was on target for Walden last Wednesday - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Saffron Walden 1 Halstead Town 1 Poor finishing cost Saffron Walden last Wednesday as they were held to a draw by Halstead Town in the Ridgeons League First Division. Walden were straight into the attack from the whistle and in the second minute, a Kevin

Saffron Walden 1 Halstead Town 1

Poor finishing cost Saffron Walden last Wednesday as they were held to a draw by Halstead Town in the Ridgeons League First Division.

Walden were straight into the attack from the whistle and in the second minute, a Kevin Vallis in-swinging corner was saved by Ratherford in the Halstead goal. Just minutes later, Tommy Butchart's corner was headed over by Spike Bell.

Good link-up play between Riches and Bell should have put the Bloods in front but both fired wide and over the bar.

Rutherford did well to stop efforts from Ben Riches and Ryan Cannon, while at the other end, Rowell and Bryan shot over the bar.

Just before the break, Butchart's curling effort struck the post as the teams went in level at half-time.

In the second half Walden looked the more likely to score but it was the visitors who made the breakthrough when Ryan fired into the net after

56 minutes.

A Vallis free-kick brought another fine save from the keeper, but he was beaten after 73 minutes when Bell's pace beat the defender and he cut inside to set Riches up to tap in the equaliser.

Bell and Clarke both came close to firing in the winner for Walden late on, but it wasn't to be and they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

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