Saffron Walden came out on top against Essex Senior League rivals Redbridge in an entertaining fixture at Oakside Stadium.
The visitors took an early lead after Gavin Cockman poked over the goalkeeper after latching on to Jack Leachman’s exquisite through ball.
Saffron Walden continued to look dangerous down the right flank, with Cockman and striker Charles Cole both finding space to shoot. However, Redbridge levelled the scores before half-time after a well worked attack fell to the feet of Taylor Tombides, who fired into the corner of he net from ten yards.
Saffron Walden continued to look the more dangerous of the teams at the start of the second-half and restored their lead after Scott Pethers’ long throw was diverted past Florent Gislette on 52 minutes.
Redbridge nearly equalised following a mishap by Saffron Walden goalkeeper Nicholas Eyre, but teammate Jamie Riley averted the danger authoritatively and it was Saffron Walden who scored the fourth goal of the match.
Redbridge failed to clear full-back Spike Bell’s cross from the right and Cockman reacted the quickest to fire home for his second of the match to make the score 3-1.
Tombides scored his second of the match late on after meeting Tom Harvey’s cross with his head, but Saffron Walden played out the final few minutes to earn a deserved three points.
A 3-2 victory sees the unbeaten Wardens top of the ESL table, whilst Redbridge’s three wins and three losses leaves them in fifth place.
Josh O’Brien is one of our sports journalists. He currently studies a multimedia sports journalism degree at the UCFB Wembley campus. His previous roles include writing for You are my Arsenal blog, The Sun’s Dream Team app and betting company Kwiff.