Preview: St Margaretsbury vs Walthamstow

Following the huge win over Sawbridgeworth Town, Walthamstow will face their first of four games on the road as they travel to the Recreation Ground to take on St Margaretsbury.

Walthamstow sit in 4th after 8 games, having won 5 and lost 3. The season began with a 3-1 win over Sporting Bengal United at Mile End before two home games saw them lose against Stansted and Southend Manor; 2-1 and 3-2 respectively. It was back to winning ways for the Stags as they came back from 2-0 down to beat West Essex at Mayesbrook Park before adding to that with a 2-1 victory over Hashtag United. Stow then won their 3rd game in a row as they beat Woodford Town 3-1 but that was ended by Hoddesdon who defated Walthamstow 4-2 at Lowfield. The latest game saw a 7-0 win at the Lodge against Sawbo.

Last season, Walthamstow were battling for the title. Before the season was voided, Stow had played 26 games, with a record of won 20, drew 3 and lost 3 whilst scoring 73 and conceding 17. The Stags were 3rd, 2-points behind Hashtag United and 3-points behind leaders Saffron Walden but both Stow and the Tags had 3-games in-hand over them.

St Margaretsbury currently sit 14th after 7-games having won 1, drew 3 and lost 3. St Mags failed to win in their first 4 games, recording 3 draws and a loss. The first two games ended 0-0 with Enfield and Sporting Bengal before they were defeated by Saffron Walden, losing 5-0. The 3rd draw was a 3-3 against Clapton which saw them score their first goals of the season. They recorded their first win over Woodford Town, winning 2-1, before losing their last two games against Hashtag United and Stansted.

During the 2019/20 season, St Margaretsbury were 14th before the season was brought to an abrupt end. After 28-games, they had won 6, drew 8 and lost 14 whilst scoring 36 but conceding 48. The teams below and above had games in-hand over the Bury so there would have been plenty of movement had the season gone ahead.

Last season, the clubs played two games with Walthamstow winning both. Both games were played at the Recreation Ground; the Stags won 3-0 in the league with goals from Dwade James, Billy Jones and Danny McCullock before they also won in the Errington Challenge Cup, winning 2-0 with goals from Lewis Francis and Billy Jones. The club have also met this season in the FA Cup. Both sides battled in the First Qualifying Round with the sides drawing 0-0 but Stow came out on top on penalties, winning 4-3. This will certainly be a tough game.