Walthamstow continued their good start to the season, making it five wins from five against a Sporting Bengal side who had switched managers in the week.
In the Bengal dugout was Shipon Miah, but he saw his side concede after just 11 minutes. Bilal Ali Khan could only punch Harrison Carnegie’s cross to the feet of Adalberto Pinto who played a neat one-two with Yemi Adelani, rolled two defenders in the six-yard box and then smashed home.
The first half passed without any major chances for either side. Stow were dominant in the air inside the Bengal penalty area, and headed wide from a corner, while the Mile End side were limited to long shots which Amarildo Cekrezi dealt with comfortably.
The second half got off to the best possible start for Stow, as Carnegie punished Khan for a clearance which went straight to him, fishing into the roof of the net at the front post.
Things then went from bad to worse for Bengal, as Thomas Tadese was given a straight red when he took out Adelani when through on goal. Ollie Sotoyinbo made no mistake from the spot, his third penalty goal in three games.
Stow shuffled their pack a bit, and the introduction of youngster Airon Paul gave them another attacking option, and it was the debutant who created Stow’s fourth. Connor Scully brought the ball across the field, and played it out to Paul who returned the favour and put it on a plate for Scully to lash home from the edge of the box.
The goal of the game came from an unlikely source – centre back Jason Beck found himself on the edge of the Bengal penalty area, and unleashed a powerful effort into the bottom corner to make it 5-0.
Bengal were continuing to try their luck from distance, and Cekrezi pulled off one fantastic save from Gianfranco Mici, but he was denied a clean sheet when Mici scored from the penalty spot in the 85th minute.