Preview: St Margaretsbury vs Walthamstow – Errington Challenge Cup

Following Saturday’s incredible win over Southend Manor, Walthamstow take a break from league action as they travel to Stanstead Abbotts to take on St Margaretsbury in the Errington Challenge Cup.

2nd-placed Stow beat Tower Hamlets in the Preliminary round of the competition by three goals to nil (which included an goal from Stow’s first choice keeper) to set up a tie with The Bury. The stags have been flying in the league and they will be hoping to carry that form into the cup competition. After 14 games, they’ve won 11, drawn 2 and lost 1 whilst scoring 43 and conceding 5.

Walthamstow have already played St Margaretsbury in the league this season, beaten them 3-0 at the Recreation Ground last month. Other wins for Walthamstow have come against Tower Hamlets (twice), Stansted, Ilford, Cockfosters, Redbridge, Southend Manor (twice), Enfield, Woodford Town whilst they’ve drawn against Saffron Walden and Hadley and lost against Takeley. In other cup competitions this season, a young and heavily rotated Stow side lost 1-3 to West Essex in the Essex Senior Cup and to Hashtag United in the Gordon Brasted Trophy whilst they beat Buckhurst Hill 3-0 on penalties after a 1-1 in the Essex Thameside Trophy.

Speaking after Saturday’s game, Stow manager Ryan Maxwell previewed this fixture saying “We will analyse the squad to see who’s fit and who will feature. We will rotate as a few players have played a lot of games and may have some knocks but it is a game of football we will want to win no matter who we are playing.”

9th-placed St Margaretsbury received a bye in the Preliminary round and will welcome Stow for this fixture. Bury have had a mixed season so far having won 5, drawn 6 and lost 4 in their first 15 games whilst scoring 25 and conceding 27. Wins have come against Southend Manor, Woodford Town, Sporting Bengal United, Cockfosters and Ilford whilst they’ve drawn against Stansted, Enfield, Hoddesdon, West Essex, Sawbridgeworth Town and Takeley and loses have come against Redbridge, Hashtag United, Stow and Tower Hamlets.

Both sides will want to win this game and reach the quarter-final where they could face one of Cockfosters or Clapton/Saffron Walden Town. This should be a great game of football.



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