Preview: Walthamstow vs Harlow Town Reserves – Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy

Walthamstow welcome Harlow Town Reserves to Wadham Lodge for yet another cup game for the Stags. The East London side go into the second round of the competition after easing through the first round. The game marks the first time, Max Mitchell will get to see his Stow team before taking the team from Saturday’s league game against Sawbridgeworth Town.

Walthamstow have enjoyed good cup runs in several competitions this season. They reached the second qualifying round of the FA Cup whilst also reaching the second round of the FA Vase. Despite being knocked out of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and Essex Senior Cup when they fielded very youthful sides, the club reached the Quarter-final of the Errington Challenge Cup but were eliminated by Cockfosters on Saturday. Walthamstow have not only had a good cup run but their form in the league has been good. After 22 games, they sit in 3rd having won 17, drew 3 and lost 2 whilst scoring 63 and conceding 14.

Stow reached the second round after they eased past Redbridge Reserves just before the new year, beating them 5-0. The game could’ve ended in a ‘cricket-score’ for the Reserve side but with Stow failing to take their opportunities, the scoring stopped at 5.

Harlow Town Reserves received a BYE to the second round of the Peter Butcher Trophy as well as in the Reserve Shield where they are due to face Ilford Reserves. The team currently sit in 6th in the Essex Senior League Reserve Division after 14 games having won 6, drew 1 and lost 7 whilst scoring 39 and conceding 34.

Last season, Walthamstow were not involved in the Peter Butcher Trophy after they had a good run in the Gordon Brasted Trophy, eventually losing to Stansted in the Semi-final after navigating their way through from the first round. Harlow Town Reserves were given a BYE last season in the cup but were eliminated in the second round by Sporting Bengal United.

It should be a cracking game.