Walthamstow dropped out of this season’s FA Cup after a valiant effort against Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Beaconsfield Town.
With Jack Leachman and Jake Giddings unavailable due to the former’s wedding, Stow handed a debut to Reece Conway, while Jerrome Sobers continued at the back.
Stow started brightly, and could have been ahead within a quarter of an hour. A poor defensive header fell to James Peagram who’s lobbed effort fell agonisingly short of the right-hand post.
From then it was more or less one way traffic, in truth. The closest the visitors came in the first half was a series of three efforts following a corner; two cleared off the line and one well saved.
It looked like another excellent defensive FA Cup performance from the Stow, but a reshuffle after losing Sobers to injury gave Beaconsfield a bit more space.
With ten minutes played in the second half, a tame Beaconsfield shot was cruelly deflected into the path of Louis Stead who could hardly miss from ten yards out.
Ten minutes later it was two as Beaconsfield did well to work the space and finish at the back post through Alex Cathline.
Stow gave it their all, but their attempts to form any meaningful attacks were cut short by a resolute Beaconsfield defence.
For Stow it was the end of another promising FA Cup run, but will allow them to turn their focus to a league title charge.
Image thanks to Beaconsfield Town on Instagram.