Clapton 0-4 Stow

Walthamstow kept their four-point lead at the top of the Essex Senior League table with a controlled performance against Clapton.

Stow were on top from the off, and had their first real chance after ten minutes when Jason Hallett put Yemi Adelani through on goal, but the forward’s lobbed effort was well judged by Graham Loki in the Clapton goal and held onto.

Ten minutes later the home side had their only real chance of the match, when a neat half-volley was fired in at the back post, but Amarildo Cekrezi dived quickly down to his left to turn the ball away for a corner.

There was a risk of Stow getting frustrated, but they stuck to the plan and began to assert their dominance. Adelani was a threat up front all afternoon, and was again through on goal, shooting from the edge of the box. Loki handled the goal-bound effort outside the area, but after discussion with the linesman, only booked the Clapton keeper.

With ten minutes to go in the half Stow broke the deadlock. A cross from Harrison Carnegie evaded everyone in the box, with the exception of Connor Scully who crept in at the back post and unleashed a fierce half volley into the far corner.

Stow came out with far more attacking intent in the second half and soon ended the game as a contest. On 53, half time substitute Samir Bihmoutine lashed in a fine one on one finish after being put in by Hallett, and then six minutes later Adelani got a deserved goal, with a fine finish after Jason Beck nodded down a long through.

From there out Stow controlled the game, but there was still time for Courtney Homans to get his first goal of the season, and it was the pick of the bunch for Stow. Homans’ free kick from fully 50 yards sailed over everyone, including Loki, and into the back of the net.

Stow now travel to Buckhurst Hill on Tuesday in the Essex Senior Cup, then onto Saffron Walden on Saturday.

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