The Walthamstow U18’s Midweek side recorded their second win of the season and moved top-of-the-league, scoring another 8 past Hendon in the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League Delphian Division. The young Stags came back from a goal down to thrash the young Dons for a second-time this season.
In the opening minutes, it was the visitors who had the early chances. A low shot from the edge was just wide before Hendon’s 9 held off the defenders but the shot was fired over. Walthamstow settled into the game and the first shot was deflected just wide before the resulting corner was headed over.
The deadlock was broken in the 13th minute as Hendon’s 7 held onto the ball well against the pressure and slotted into the bottom corner. Despite conceding, Stow began to dominate proceedings. A free-kick from Michael Soloku was comfortable for the keeper before he equalised a minute later as he slotted well after making a good run. Stow took the lead in the 18th-minute as they were awarded a free-kick after Jayden Luker was brought down just outside the box. Luker stepped up and fired the free-kick past the Hendon keeper.
Luker had another shot but it was fired just wide before the Stag’s applied some good pressure but it was well defended by Hendon. The Don’s number 9 was played through but keeper Brian Gouveia blocked well with his legs. A minute later, Stow’s lead was increased as Soloku scored his second of the evening after heading past the keeper. Hendon’s 9 had another good opportunity but he dragged his shot just wide.
As the game approached half-time, Hendon tried to pull a goal back. Their 3 cut in but his shot was just wide of the near post before their 9 shot on the turn but it was fired just over and the 3 had another shot go inches wide of the near post. Right on half-time, Walthamstow scored another. Jedd Coster finished well into the top-corner and Stow went into the break 4-1 ahead.
The second-half was dominated by Walthamstow. Right from the off, they tried to score more goals. Jayden Monteiro overhit a cross before Stow strung a few passes together but were flagged offside. Dionte McKay had a shot deflected behind before a flick from Coster was held by the keeper.
10-minutes into the second-half, Walthamstow had a 5th. Israel Odofuwa back-heeled the ball into the net from close range. A couple of minutes later, it was six as Halim Bangura tapped the ball in from close range as the ball was pulled back on the right-hand side. Hendon tried to bring the ball forward but it was defended well from Stow as the visitors failed to have a clear-cut chance. Stow continued to dominate as the game reached the half-hour mark. A shot from McKay from an angle was well held by the keeper before a shot from Luker was straight into the keeper’s hands and a shot from Bangura was dragged wide.
Stow were unlucky not to be further ahead as a free-kick from Halim Bangura was fired just wide while a shot from Jedd Coster was well saved. Hendon had a shot from distance dragged wide of the target. Alvin Kamara joined in on the scoring as he pounced on a loose ball and smashed it home, putting Stow 7-1 ahead.
Jayden Luker was close to his second of the night as he rattled a free-kick against the bar but it was headed in on the rebound. Hendon tried to reduce the deficit in the last 10-minutes of the game but couldn’t add to their single goal. A free-kick was held by the keeper before a shot from their 4 stung Gouveia’s hands but it was well held and a head 2-minutes from time was header just wide from their number 5. After a brief pause to sort out a confrontation, the game was brought to an end.