Match report for Ressies as found on http://www.saffronwaldentownfc.com/MR_Res_WhittonA.html
Less than 24 hours after the Walden first team gained their first league win of the season, the reserve team secured their first league win, with a narrow victory over Whitton United Reserves. Better still, it was a Walden team consisting of mostly young players that beat a more experienced team a little more comfortably than the scoreline suggested.
Right from the word go the Bloods” attacked at every opportunity, and they came close to scoring when James Crane headed a corner against the face of the Whitton crossbar. In the 19th minute Walden reserves did get on the scoresheet when James Crane beat a defender and drove in a hard low cross which Ben Morrell did well to steer into the net from six yards out.
Walden then went two goals up in the 27th minute when they won a free kick in front of goal, but nearly 35 yards out. James Crane stepped up and drove the free kick over the defensive wall, and the ball flashed past the keeper, giving him no chance to save.
After 35 minutes Ben Morrell crossed the ball to Callum Sparrow, whose header was saved low down by the keeper, but Whitton responded a minute later and Joe Bongjoh ran onto a good through ball and from an angle scored with a fine shot into the far corner of the goal..
Within another minute Coby Game found Ben Morrell with a pass that gave him an excellent chance to restore the two goal advantage, but he dwelt on the ball a second and his shot was deflected off the keeper’s foot for a corner.
An entertaining first half finished with Walden just a goal to the good.
Half-time: Saffron Walden Town Res. 2 Whitton United Res. 1
Within four minutes of the start of the second half Dan Manser chased a through ball and created the opportunity for Ben Morrell to hit the loose ball past the keeper and into the corner of the net, for a well taken goal.
That lead was almost increased further in the 67th minute when James Crane hit a superb pass out to
Ben Morrell on the right, who then hit a fantastic volley on the turn which the Whitton keeper did extremely well to push over the crossbar for a corner.
James Crane and Ben Morrell continued to work well together and both had shots saved, and three minutes from time a nice move saw James Crane cross to Ben Morrell, who laid the ball back to substitute Jack Forster, who should have scored, but blazed the ball over the crossbar.
In the 90th minute Wesley Doyle gave Walden a scare when he raced into the box and scored with a shot which was deflected past Paul Wood in the Walden goal. Added time looked like it could be an anxious few minutes for Walden, but in fact they had the best chance to score when Ben Morrell shot wide of the far post just before the final whistle blew, giving the “Bloods” all three points.
On Tuesday evening Walden Reserves have another home game against Cornard United Reserves.
TEAM: Paul Wood, Suyash Garung, James Richardson, Darren Wardley, Jon Griffin, Luca Riccio, Coby Game, Callum Sparrow, Dan Manser, Ben Morrell, James Crane. Substitutes (used): Connor Scott, Jack Garrett, Jack Forster, Dan Weeks. Substitute (not used): David Vant.