Sawbridgeworth Town v Walthamstow


Essex Senior League 2018-19
0 - 2
Final Score
Luke Stanley - 1 (81')Dwade James - 1 (10')
Game Statistics
0 Yellows 0
0 Reds 0


Walthamstow earned another three points on the road thanks to a solid defensive performance against Sawbridgeworth Town – a place where Stow had never won a league match before.

The back five of James Bransgrove, Ross Pope, Craig Pope, Vinny Murphy and Kyan Gulliver have now kept four clean sheets in a row in the league, and only conceded eight goals in the last 13 games in all competitions.

Stow took the lead early in this game. Samrai Gebrai – fresh from impressing for Coventry City’s Under 23s – was able to get a cross into the box, which was deflected away. But Luke Stanley was able to jump higher than his man and head the ball back to Ben Crilley who was clumsily bundled over in the box by Joe Cunning. Dwade James’ spot-kick nestled in the corner despite James Askew guessing the right way in the Sawbo goal.

There were few meaningful chances in an even first half – James went closest for stow, firing just wide from the edge of the box. At the other end, Bransgrove made a comfortable save down to his right from a long-range effort which lacked any real venom.

The second half continued as the first ended, with Stow dominating the ball, and were it not for a superb triple save from Askew, they could have been further ahead inside four minutes of the half.

With 20 minutes played in the second half, Sawbo switched to three up front, with former Stow forward Julian Lloyd coming on to try and snatch a goal. The closest the home side came was a cross which flashed across goal, eluding everyone in the box.

This gave Sawbo renewed hope, but Crilley’s back-post header and a volley from Stanley showed Stow weren’t done yet.

Stow’s second came with 80 on the clock and in bizarre fashion. James raced onto a through ball from Stanley, and a combination of a slight touch from the defender and Askew clattering James ended up with the ball rolling gently into the empty net.

James has a chance for a second late in the game, but a bobble took the ball away from him and his finish was well over.

In truth, Stow never looked like losing this game, and it will give them plenty of confidence going into Wednesday’s Errington Cup quarter final with Stansted. Sawbo’s young team played with the best of intentions, but lacked the cutting and guile of their opponents.

Image: Bill Badger. Click here to view more photos from the game on Bill’s Flickr page.