Stow 2-0 St Margaretsbury

Walthamstow returned to winning ways in the Essex Senior League with a 2-0 win against St Margaretsbury.

It was an even start to the game, though the visitors had the first real chance of the game, forcing Amarildo Cekrezi into a smart save, diving to his left to turn an effort around the post. And Cekrezi was called into action again after a quarter of an hour, this time tipping an effort over the bar.

This was perhaps the wake-up call Stow needed, and they began to increase the pressure on the St Margaretsbury goal. Charlie Cole headed just over from a Connor Scully corner, then Jason Hallett forced the visiting keeper into a smart low save.

It was Scully’s chance to go close next, hitting a fierce half-volley which was just about saved by the St Mags keeper who was beginning to have an inspired game.

Stow thought they’d scored when Adalberto Pinto bundled in the rebound from a Hallett free kick, but he was called offside. Hallett still had time for a couple more chances before the break, but the man between the sticks was equal to them.

The second half started as the first had ended, with Stow well on top. The deadlock was finally broken when Yemi Adelani got on the end of a lovely one-touch passing move to lash the ball home for a deserved lead.

Hallett then cut an excellent chance just wide, before Tommy Fletcher almost chested in a corner, but was surprised as anyone that the St Mags keeper actually missed the ball for once and couldn’t turn it in. Adelani then headed over, as did Pinto when unmarked.

St Mags didn’t have as much joy in the second half as they did in the first, though one long ball did almost get through, and a corner wrapped the outside of the post before going out for a goal kick.

Tommy Spillane almost got his first of the season, but his goal-bound effort was deflected, and Adelani couldn’t quite get on the end of the rebound.

Jason Hallett got a deserved goal and put the game to bed in the 84th minute with a composed finish, giving Stow another clean sheet, and three points which increased the lead at the top of the table to seven points (though Athletic Newham and Saffron Walden now have a game in hand on Stow).

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