Goals from Samrai Gebrai and Lewis Francis ensured Walthamstow continued their push for the title as they beat Hoddesdon Town by two goals to nil. The windy conditions made it difficult but Stow took their chances to get the win and remain 2nd behind Saffron Walden.
It was a quick start to the game from both sides but Walthamstow had the early chances. Dwade James tried to play in through the Hoddesdon defence but was tackled before the ball was cleared.
Samrai Gebrai had the first real shot of the game but it was parried but the keeper for a corner but nothing came of the resulting corner. Hoddesdon tried to bring it forward at times but it was well defended by Stow whilst a free-kick from Kyan Gulliver was just over the bar and a shot from James was just wide with the keeper rooted to his spot.
As the half reached the last few minutes, Hoddesdon had a free-kick well saved by James Bransgrove before a minute later, Stow found the breakthrough when Samrai Gebrai headed the ball over the keeper. To make matters worse for Hoddesdon, Jack Lee was sin-binned on the stroke of half-time and the teams went into the break with Stow leading 1-0.
It was a strong start to the second half for Stow as they pushed for a second. They tried to break through the Hoddesdon defence but it was a series of good defending from the home side.
Callum Ibe saw his shot fly over before a corner swung in by Danny McCullock hit the crossbar. Benji Crilley thought he had Stow’s second when he headed in Lewis Francis’ cross but it was ruled out for Offside.
There was a good passage of play between Dwade James and Lewis Francis but they couldn’t find a way through before Benji Crilley fired a shot over the bar. Stow nearly came close again when Ibe ran through on goal but slipped as he went to pull the trigger.
Hoddesdon didn’t test James Bransgrove in the second half but had a couple of good breaks. They tried to bring it forward but it was well defended from Stow who were desperate to keep a clean sheet.
There was a potential game-changing moment when Benji Crilley caught his opponent high and could’ve received a red but the referee awarded a yellow in its place.
With 5 minutes left to go, Stow had their second. Lewis Francis did well to break through the Town defence. Unmarked, he cut in and slotted past the keeper to double Stow’s lead.
Despite a long-range shot from Kyan Gulliver, the game was brought to an end.
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