Preview: Saffron Walden Town vs Walthamstow

With the midweek game against St Margaretsbury called off, Walthamstow next game sees them travel to Catons Lane to face Saffron Walden Town. The midweek break means Stow come into this on the back of a 7-0 win over Sawbridgeworth Town.

Walthamstow currently sit in 4th-place after 8-games with 5 wins and 3 losses. The season began with a 3-1 victory over Sporting Bengal United at Mile End. Despite the perfect start to the new season, the first two homes games for the Stags ended in defeat as they lost 2-1 to Stansted and 3-2 to Southend Manor. The defeat was quickly put out the minds though as they recorded 3-wins on the bounce. A 3-2 win against West Essex, a 2-1 win over Hashtag United and a 3-1 win over Woodford Town put Stow in a good position but their 3rd loss of the season ended that run as Hoddesdon Town shocked Stow win a 4-2 win. With the return of Dwade James, Walthamstow kept their first clean sheet and put 7 past Sawbo.

Last season, Walthamstow were completing for the title. After 26 games, they sat in 3rd having won 20, drew 3 and lost 3.  Walthamstow had began the 2019/20 season with a 12-game unbeaten run including 1 draw which span until November when they recorded their lost loss against Takeley. Despite getting back to winning ways against Southend Manor, the second loss of the season soon following with another 1-0 but this time against Hashtag United. Stow went on another unbeaten run with 9 wins and 1 draw before the last game they played before the season was voided was a 2-1 defeat away to Hashtag United. Although Stow were only 3-points behind Walden and 2 behind Hashtag both Stow and the Tags had games in-hands on Walden, 3 to be exact going into the last couple of months of the season.

Saffron Walden Town find themselves 7th after 10-games, with a record of won 3, drew 4 and lost 3. The season began with a draw against Redbridge and a loss against West Essex. The first win of the season came against St Margaretsbury, winning 5-0 before they also beat Clapton 6-1. The Bloods were also drew for the second time in between the two wins as Ilford held them. Since then, Walden have won 1, drew 2 and lost 2. They drew with both Sawbridgeworth Town and Enfield (either side of a loss to Stansted) before beating Hoddesdon Town 4-0 but losing 2-1 to Southend Manor.

Last season, before the season was abruptly ended, Saffron Walden sat top-of-the-league after 29-games, having won 20, drew 6 and lost 3. It was 10-games unbeaten for Walden at the start of the season with 8 wins and 2 draws including a draw against West Essex on the opening day. The first loss came at the end of October as they were defeated by Hoddesdon Town, losing 4-1. The Bloods then went on a further run, winning 10 and drawing 3 before that was ended by a defeat to Stansted. After drawing with Hashtag United and beating both Sawbridgeworth and Redbridge, the last game for Saffron Walden was a 2-1 defeat.

The clubs played two games in the league last season with one draw and a win for Walthamstow. The game at Wadham Lodge was drawn 0-0 as both sides cancelled each other out before the game at Catons Lane was a crucial 2-1 victory for Walthamstow. It was Saffron Walden’s last game of the 2019/20 season and put Stow in a good position before they went on to play Hashtag United a few days later. Connor Scully had given the Stags the lead before Julian Simon-Parsons equalised just after the break. Two-minutes later, Tommy Fletcher put Walthamstow ahead and that proved to be enough despite a lot of pressure from Walden. This will prove to be another tough game for both sides.