Walthamstow’s season preparation continued on Saturday with a disappointing but good lesson against Welwyn Garden City. The Southern League side took their chances in the second half as they left East London with a comfortable win despite Jon Clements adding to his total in pre-season.
Neither side enjoyed the benefit of a good start as both sides grew into the game. Both sides tried to play the ball through the defensive line but the passes were comfortably dealt with by the keepers. The first shot of the game went the way of the visitors but the shot from distance was fired over.
Walthamstow tried to play through the middle as they looked for an opening. David Cowley tried to run in on a cross but his touch took the ball just wide before Michael Toner’s shot from the edge of the box took a deflection, carrying it away from the goal. Stow came the closest to scoring when a flick on from a cross was tipped over by the keeper.
Welwyn had threatened to break the deadlock when a header was sent just wide. The pressure, however, paid off minutes later when an awkward bounce sent the ball past Charlie Mann to give the visitors the lead. Despite going a goal down, Walthamstow pushed for an equaliser immediately. That leveler came 3 minutes later when Stow were awarded a penalty after Sam Jeremiah was brought down. Jon Clements stepped up and sent the ball past the City keeper as he added another goal to his tally.
Right before the half-time whistle, Welwyn thought they had taken the lead once again when the ball was smashed home but it was ruled out for a foul.
It was the visitors who started the second half strongest and 4 minutes into the half, they got their second. A good header, right in the middle of the goal, was sent past Charlie Mann. The pressure continued and soon after, they were awarded a penalty for a handball. Welwyn’s number 9 sent a powerful shot past Mann to extend their lead.
Walthamstow continued to push to find a way back into the game. Clements battled his way past defenders but his shot was saved before shouts for a penalty for handball were ignored by the referee. Dash imposed himself into the game and was played through but his shot was close down quickly by the keeper.
Welwyn’s right-sided winger battled his way past a number of defenders before the threat was neutralized. The Citizens extended their lead in the 66th minute when their 12 poked the ball past Mann.
Despite finding themselves 4-1 down, Stow continued to push. Toner’s shot from the edge of the box was charged down. Michael Osai picked up the loose ball but curled his shot just wide of an open net. Connor Scully came close from distance before Emiel Aiken became a handful for the defence. He battled his way forward but it was comfortable for the keeper while the keeper also held onto a shot from Toner. Welwyn almost scored a 5th in the dying moments but it was well saved by Charlie Mann.