Walthamstow 0-2 Cockfosters

Walthamstow’s run in the Errington Challenge Cup came to an end on Saturday as they were beaten by Cockfosters in the Quarter-final. A much-changed Stow battled hard but came out second best as the visitors took full advantage.

It was a strong start to the game from Walthamstow although they couldn’t take their early chances. A shot from Samrai Gebrai was comfortably saved by Brad Robinson before a shot from Lewis Francis was dragged just wide and a cross from Francis was palmed away before it could reach Callum Ibe. Cockfosters had their first real opportunity in the 12th minute when Theo Costa tried to chip Charlie Howson in the Walthamstow goal but it was just over the bar before a head was sent just wide.

A minute later, the visitors had the lead when Ceykan Karagozlu found some space at the back post and volleyed it past Howson. Despite taking the lead, it was Walthamstow who had the better chances. Callum Ibe tried to turn and shoot on the edge of the box but fired his effort over the bar before he found space on the edge of the box but shot just wide. Cockfosters were awarded a direct free-kick from within the box after Howson was deemed to have fouled a player after he come out to punch the ball clear. With the line filled with Stow players, Harley Haag directed the shot into the top corner to double Fosters lead in the 38th minute.

As the half-time whistle approached, Callum Ibe had a couple more good chances. A header from a free-kick was headed just wide before a shot from the edge of the box was dragged just wide. Despite Danny McCullock sending a shot just wide, the teams went into the break with the visitors leading by 2.

It was Fosters who came out the quickest in the second half but they couldn’t take their chances. A shot was fired into the side-netting from a tight angle before a header at the far post was just wide. Walthamstow began to take control in the second half but struggled to find a way back into the game.

Vinny Murphy whipped in a free-kick but it was comfortably caught by Robinson before Robinson palmed another free-kick away. Walthamstow’s luck didn’t change when Ibe found some space but his shot cannoned off the crossbar. The home side pushed for a way back into the game but couldn’t find the illusive goal with Callum Ibe sending another header just wide. There was a shout for handball but the referee was unmoved before Dwade James was brought down on the edge but the referee remained unmoved. Despite chances for Sharif Ibrahim and Samrai Gebrai, the game ended with Cockfosters progressing to the Sem-finals.

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