Walthamstow suffered defeat in the semi-final of this season’s Gordon Brasted Trophy in a close game with Stansted.
With Vinny Murphy, Jack Folan and Dwade James cup-tied, and Leon McKenzie suspended it was always going to be a tough ask for Stow. Luke Stanley made his 150th appearance for the club on the right wing, but Lee Flynn was forced to play a more attacking role and 18 year old Samrai Gebrai was given the task of leading the line against one of the league’s best defences.
And the job got even harder for Stow early in the first half when Marcus Bowers was forced off with a groin injury. Stow’s only substitute, Craig Pope, took his place in attacking midfield.
There was little to talk about in the first half until Callum Ibe’s unmarked header from six yards gave Stansted the lead.
At the other end, Stow thought they’d equalised when Charlie Turner dropped Ryan Maxwell’s cross over the line, but with the linesman was unsighted on the far side, and there was no way he could award the goal.
Stow spent most of the second half on top, forcing free kick after free kick around the Stansted box, creating a number of chances. Only Gus Douglas’ header and a flick from Gebrai caused Turner any real problems, the Stansted keeper spending most of the half watching Stow’s efforts miss the target.
Walthamstow will have the chance to exact revenge in a little over a week, as the two sides meet in the quarter final of the Errington Cup, this time at Wadham Lodge.