A brace from Ollie Sotoyinbo as well as goals for Jason Beck and Jason Hallett was enough to see Walthamstow return to winning ways in the Essex Senior League as they beat fellow-tenants West Essex.
West Essex had looked to make a strong start to the match as they came forward in the opening minutes, but they couldn’t get a shot at goal. Walthamstow had looked to get on the front foot themselves early on and called for a penalty as Charlie Edwards went down in the box, but the referee was quick to wave the shouts away before a minute later, Stow had another penalty shout as Connor Scully’s cross was blocked by the arm of a West defender, but again, the referee waved the shouts away.
Stow continued on the front foot as they found a foothold in the game. Harrison Carnegie looked to play the ball through to Sotoyinbo, but the ball just ran out of play before Scully fired inches wide from a half-volley and Jason Beck headed a corner just over the bar. The pressure continued, but Stow couldn’t find the breakthrough. Sotoyinbo played the ball through to Edwards, but the midfielder poked the ball wide before some good football from the Blues produced nothing in the way of the opening goal.
The visitors had their first shot in a while as the game approached the 25 minute mark, but Amarildo Cekrezi held on comfortably before they had opened the scoring a minute later. Cekrezi came out too far in his box, with Callum Bloss finding Moyo Ajibade, who slotted home. The lead didn’t last long though as just 2-minutes later, Stow were level. A corner met the rising Beck, who rose highest to head beyond the keeper.
Having found an equaliser, the pressure resumed for Stow. A free-kick was fired towards goal by Carnegie, but the West keeper held on well before Stow took the lead in the 37th-minute. Carnegie played the ball into Sotoyinbo, who spun well in the box and fired the ball beyond the keeper. A shot just wide of the post for the visitors as well as a superb block by Cekrezi, either side of Hallett flashing a shot across the face of goal, was enough to see Stow leading at the break.
Both sides had looked to come out of the blocks quickly in the second half, but it was Stow who remained in control of the game. It was almost the perfect start to the half as Hallett flicked on a Carnegie free-kick, but Sotoyinbo’s header was well saved before Jason Hallett fired a free-kick hard and true towards the bottom corner, but the keeper got down quickly to make the save. Hallett had another good chance as he headed the ball towards goal, but his effort was just wide before he put Stow 3-1 up on the 60th minute. The ball was passes to him from the West keeper with the Stow forward rounding the keeper and squeezing the ball into the back of the net.
West looked to bring the ball forward a couple of time, but they failed to test the Stow defence while Walthamstow continued in search of more goals. Harrison Carnegie unleashed a shot from outside the box, but his effort rattled the crossbar before the ball came to Connor Scully inside the box, but his shot was blocked on the line to deny Stow a fourth.
It didn’t take long for that fourth to come though. After Ollie Sotoyinbo make good use of a Stow advantage but dragged his shot wide, he scored one of the easiest goals he will score in a Stow shirt as he rolled the ball into an empty net a couple of minutes later. After finding themselves 4-1 down, West Essex looked to reduce the deficit as the game reached the final 15 minutes. They looked to come forward, but a miscued pass saw the ball run straight through to Cekrezi, before a free-kick on the edge of the box was comfortably into the hands of the Stow keeper.
As the game approached its end, Stow looked to see out the victory. West had a shot, but it was fired over before Yemi Adelani almost added a fifth with a couple of minutes to play, but he couldn’t get the right contact on the ball as the visitors cleared their lines. The last chance of the game saw West send an effort wide of the post, but they weren’t able to add a second before the referee brought proceedings to an end.