Early second half strikes from Craig Pope and Matt Brinklow were enough for Walthamstow to get back to winning ways by defeating Tower Hamlets at Mile End and inflict the hosts second home defeat in less than a week in the ESL Premier Division.

The home side had lost at home to Enfield on Monday night but prior to that had beaten Sawbridgeworth Town in the cup before pulling off a stunning win at Stansted in the league last weekend, whilst for Walthamstow they suffered a rare defeat at home to Woodford Town last time out, so wanted to quickly bounce back from that.

The hosts were to have the first opening of the game, and it came early on when Luke With sent Ijah Currie-Williams clear and with Stow keeper Danny Sambridge off his line the Hamlets attacker sent a lofted effort crashing against the bar and the visitors survived that early scare.

James Peagram then had a decent opening for the visitors but saw his effort go straight at home keeper Jordan Stanbury, and then they saw another effort flash wide from range in what was a fast start at Mile End, but it did remain goalless.

Hamlets did then have the ball in the net but the flag had gone up for offside meaning Currie-Williams saw his effort chalked off, before a brilliant overhead kick from With saw Sambridge tip over smartly to keep the score level.

Stow finished the half well and saw a ball dangerously deflected across the goal, before a close-range header was sent over the top, but the half did end goalless with all to play for still.

Stow began the second period as they started the first and three minutes into it they got their noses in front when a ball to the far post eventually dropped to Pope who stretched to send an effort beyond Stanbury.

And just five minutes later Stow doubled their advantage when Brinklow shifted onto his left foot before firing a brilliant effort from outside the box into the top corner giving Stanbury no chance at all and the visitors suddenly had a two-goal cushion to savour.

Hamlets tried to respond and fired wide of the far post but the visitors were holding firm and making it difficult for their opponents, and when an opportunity did come along, the visiting defence brilliantly blocked the effort.

As the game entered its final quarter Hamlets felt they should have had a penalty when claiming a foul inside the box, but the referee waved away their claims and you felt it just wasn’t their day in this one.

Hamlet’s fired a free kick at goal which was flicked over by Sambridge, before another long-range effort from the hosts flew off target, whilst down the other end the visitors nearly sneaked in at the back post although the flag had gone up anyway so it would not have counted had they converted.

The remainder of the contest passed without incident meaning those early second half strikes were enough for Stow to take the points, meaning sixth place for the visitors and thirteen points off the leaders with two games in hand, whilst Hamlets sink back into the bottom three.

Image by Bill Badger, Report by Peter Dudley.