Walthamstow reached the semi-finals of the Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy after beating Hadley on Tuesday. Goals from Emiel Aiken and Callum Ibe saw Stow come back from 1-0 down to win the game.
Neither side really dominated the opening minutes of the match as both sides failed to hold onto possession. The visitors thought they had scored with their first real opportunity but a goal wasn’t given despite shouts from the Hadley camp who thought it had crossed the line.
Walthamstow tried to break the deadlock but couldn’t find the opening. A free-kick from Lewis Francis curled just wide of the goal before Frazer John fired a shot straight at the keeper and Dwade James also fired just wide. Hadley also tried to open the scoring but they couldn’t take their chances with one effort being fired just wide.
The deadlock was broken just before half-time when Solomon Ofori slotted home for the visitors. He pinched it from the defence and ran towards the goal before finishing well past Charlie Mann and the teams went into the half-time break with Hadley leading 1-0.
Walthamstow came out the strongest in the second half and almost opened the scoring in the opening minutes. Samrai Gebrai tried to create some space but it was comfortable for the keeper. A minute later, Walthamstow had their equaliser after Akien finished with a superb effort. He took the ball around the keeper and shot off the post and into the top corner from a tight angle.
Despite a shot saved on the line for Hadley, it was Walthamstow who dominated the second half. Stow were briefly reduced to ten men when Daniel Ferrigno was sin-binned but they continued to seek the winner. There was a scramble in the box as a corner was fired in but it was cleared before an effort from distance was wide.
The Stags completed the turnaround in the 88th minute when Callum Ibe smashed the ball into the bottom corner following a scramble in the Hadley box. Despite Hadley trying to bring the ball forward, the game was brought to an end.