Cockfosters 0-2 Stow

Stow made it six wins from six in the Essex Senior League, and eight from eight against Cockfosters, in what was probably their toughest test so far this season.

It was a cagey opening, but Stow had the first real chance of the game. Eman Okunja found Adalberto Pinto in the Cockfosters penalty area. The Stow skipper managed to hold off two Fosters defenders, but his advances were smothered by the home keeper as he was about to pull the trigger.

With 25 minutes played, Stow took the lead. Connor Scully took a long ball down and beat his marker and cut inside with one fluid movement. There were plenty of passes on, but Scully struck a sweet shot from the edge of the box that had enough power to beat Matt Nolan, despite the home keeper getting a hand on the ball.

Scully was causing problems on the break for Stow, and Ollie Sotoyinbo had a chance to make it 2-0 when he got on the end of Scully’s cross, but his glancing header was just wide.

Stow thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Pinto was brought down approaching goal, but the referee signalled that the contact was just outside the penalty area. Jason Beck blasted the resulting free kick high and wide.

Before the half was up, Cockfosters did create one chance of their own, but Ruben Campbell shot well wide following some good persistence from Reece Mosanya who cut the ball back.

The second half was a scrappy affair, with Stow defending solidly but Fosters picking up a lot of free kicks outside the penalty area. Fromer Stow man Charncey Dash went the closest with one of these set-pieces, but his effort was still a couple of yards wide of the far post.

Stow still looked dangerous on the break, but it was a set-piece of their own which secured the three points. Skipper Pinto outjumped his marker to head in at the front post from a Harrison Carnegie corner for his sixth goal in eight games.

Fosters did had one last chance, but a good save from Amarildo Cekrezi and a brilliant follow-up block from Moses Carvalho meant it was another clean sheet for the blues. The win means Stow have now enjoyed their best start to a league season since 1984.

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