Southend Manor 1-8 Stow

Walthamstow recorded their biggest win since the 2014-15 season, putting eight past Southend Manor at the seaside. Incidentally, it was Manor who Stow had beaten 8-1 seven years ago.

Despite the high margin of victory, the first half was a cagey affair, and Stow struggled to get going. The first real chance of the game came just before the half-hour mark, when Ben Sargent made the most of Stow being temporarily a man down due to injury. He got on the end of a good passing move in the Stow box and fired into the bottom corner to give the home side a surprise lead.

The lead almost only lasted a minute though. After Jason Hallett had a goal chalked off for a very debatable offside decision, Harrison Carnegie tapped in substitute Charlie Edwards’ cross at the back post on 41. This got Stow going, and just before the break, they were ahead. Courtney Homans’ perfect pass into the box cut out about for Manor defenders, and allowed Callum Ibe to turn and fire into the top corner of the net.

Stow came out firing at the start of the second half, and soon doubled their advantage. Homans popped up on the edge of the Manor penalty area, and drilled a low, unstoppable shot into the bottom corner after the home side failed to clear.

From here, the floodgates opened. Charlie Cole beat the offside trap and crossed to Hallett for a tap-in, only for Sargent to take the goal away from Stow’s top scorer by tapping into his own net.

Hallett did manage to get on the score sheet next, finishing coolly into the bottom corner from the edge of the box after being put in by a great ball from Ibe on 75 minutes.

Cole almost got a deserved goal, heading just over from a corner, but he was provider again on 80 when pouncing on a defensive miss-hap to cross the ball to the unmarked Hallett who tapped in at the back post.

Six soon became seven, when Edwards was in the right place at the right time to poke home after Campbell in the Manor goal couldn’t deal with a powerful effort from Hallett.

Ibe went close again, before Hallett secured a deserved first hattrick in blue with a sublime volley from a Callum Ibe cross to make it 8-1 and end the scoring with no injury time played.

For Stow, it was one of those afternoons where every shot was on target and found the back of the net, delighting the traveling support.

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