Preview: Stansted (A) – GBT Semi Final

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This Saturday Walthamstow have a chance to secure their first cup final appearance in 20 years, but it will come against the Essex Senior League’s leaders.

The two sides will meet just a week after Marcus Bowers helped Stow to a 1-0 win in the Essex Senior League. It’s likely that this week’s Gordon Brasted Trophy semi final will be just as feisty and evenly contested.

You have to go back to the 1993-94 season for the last time the club lost a cup semi final. That season, we lost 2-1 in the semis of the Essex Senior Cup against Grays Athletic.

In that time, the club have reached two London Challenge Cup finals (losing both), two Eastern Floodlit Cup Finals (winning both), an Essex Senior Cup final (winning by walkover, after Braintree Town and Chelmsford City were kicked out after a mass brawl in their semi) and a Gordon Brasted Trophy final, which Waltham Forest were later kicked out of after playing an eligible player. Kobie Ambrose was the player in question, who had played four minutes as a substitute in the first round of the competition.

Stow will be buoyed by the fact that James Peagram is cup-tied for Saturday, having played for Stow in the first round against Southend Manor. However, Ryan Maxwell will be without a number of players who are also suspended, and Leon McKenzie who is suspended.

We’ve got history

Meetings between these to sides have not gone well for our club in recent years. After winning the first four encounters, we lost seven on the bounce – all Essex Senior League games.

The first meeting between the clubs came in the winter of 1985 in the semi-finals of the Essex Senior Trophy. We won that game 2-1, but would go on to lose 1-0 to Saffron Walden in the final.

Our two victories in 1999 came in the Eastern Floodlit Cup, at a time when games were played over two legs. In other years, the first round even included a group stage. Still, we mustn’t grumble, we won that competition twice around the turn of the millenium.

The game at the start of the 2015-16 season was a bit of a farce, with Stansted turning up in a silver kit to play against us, in white. So Stansted pulled on their blue training tops and beat us 2-1 (pictured).

Home and away, we’ve struggled against Stansted, but we did manage to record an all-important 2-1 victory at the end of last season, despite Ryan Ramsay giving Stansted hope with a goal from the penalty spot. Ramsay would of course jump ship and join us over the summer. Who would have thought that ten months later, both teams would be fighting for a league title?

Date Competition Venue Score Result
23/02/1985 Essex Senior Trophy Home 2-1 Won
05/10/1999 Eastern Floodlit Cup Away 3-0 Won
23/11/1999 Eastern Floodlit Cup Home 1-0 Won
02/11/2004 Essex Senior Cup Home 2-0 Won
06/01/2015 Essex Senior League Away 2-5 Lost
21/02/2015 Essex Senior League Home 1-3 Lost
26/09/2015 Essex Senior League Home 1-2 Lost
06/02/2016 Essex Senior League Away 2-4 Lost
07/09/2016 Essex Senior League Home 1-3 Lost
17/12/2016 Essex Senior League Away 0-2 Lost
14/10/2017 Essex Senior League Away 1-3 Lost
21/04/2018 Essex Senior League Home 2-1 Won
30/10/2018 Essex Senior League Away 1-2 Lost
09/02/2019 Essex Senior League Home 1-0 Won

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