Redbridge 0-2 Stow

Walthamstow made it two wins from two in the Essex Senior League, but were made to work hard for it by a dogged Redbridge side who showed why they had taken seven points from nine in the run-up to the game.

With Ollie Sotoyinbo unavailable, Yemi Adelani stepped in for his first start, in an otherwise unchanged side for Stow.

It was a cagey opening, with neither side really able to put their foot on the ball. Harrison Carnegie was looking to cause danger with his crosses, but with the wind behind him, the majority ended up over-hit and out for a goal kick.

At the other end, Redbridge were looking to put long balls into the box themselves, but Tommy Fletcher and Jason Beck were equal to everything thrown their way, in a pattern which would become familiar all afternoon.

Just before half time Stow made a somewhat unexpected breakthrough. Connor Scully chased down a long ball, and when Jack Roult dithered on the ball, the Stow winger was able to drive into the box and cut back to Jason Hallett who made no mistake with a powerful finish.

The second half was almost a carbon copy of the first. Redbridge enjoyed most of the possession, and had a number of corners and set pieces in dangerous positions without really troubling the Stow.

Amarildo Cekrezi was in superb form between the sticks, and caught everything thrown his way. The closest he came to being beaten all afternoon was a dangerous long-range effort, which was sent narrowly over the bar.

The Stow back line continued to stand up resolutely to the Redbridge aerial bombardment, but it was hard to see where another Stow goal would come from. In the end, top scorer Hallett was provider, flicking a Courtney Homans throw into the path of skipper Adalberto Pinto, who lost his markers with a deft turn, and unleashed an unstoppable long-range effort into the top corner.

Hallett almost got his second, dragging a first-time shot wide after a cheeky pass from Pinto, but in the end, both sides seemed happy to let the game peter out for a Stow win.

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