Preview: Walthamstow vs Southend Manor

Following the FA Cup win on Saturday, Walthamstow will welcome Southend Manor to the Lodge for the latest Essex Senior League match. Stow will also looked to bounce back from their defeat to Stansted in the league last week.

Walthamstow have played 4 games in two competitions so far, winning 3 and losing 1. They began with a victory over London Lions in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round, coming from behind twice to break the visitors hearts before they beat Sporting Bengal United in the league. Walthamstow then faced Stansted at home but were beaten 2-1 despite taking the lead before they beat Cockfosters on penalties to progress in the FA Cup.

Once again, Walthamstow have been put forward as one of the favorites for promotion after last season. When the season was brought to an abrupt end, Walthamstow sat 3rd, 2-points behind Hashtag United and 3-points behind leaders Saffron Walden (with both Stow and Hashtag having three games in hand over Walden). Stow record also spoke for itself; winning 20, drawing 3 and losing 3 whilst scoring 73 and conceding 17 after 26 games (only Hadley had scored more).

Southend Manor have only played 3 games so far after their run in the FA Cup was ended at the first hurdle. They were defeated by Ware in the Extra Preliminary Round, losing 5-0. After two games in the league, Manor 3-points after losing to Sawbridgeworth Town on the opening day before they beat Woodford Town in gameweek 2.

Last season, they found themselves at the wrong end of the table, sitting 17th after 26 games. They had a record of winning 6, drawing 5 and losing 15 while scoring 28 and conceding 61. Only Tower Hamlets and Sawbo were lower than Manor in the table, although, with games in hand on the likes of St Margaretsbury and Ilford, Manor could have finished a lot higher.

Despite a shortened season, two games were played in the league between the two clubs. Walthamstow travelled to Southend first, picking up 3-points on their travels with a 4-1. Dwade James had scored a hattrick of penalties whilst Emiel Aiken had scored his first of the season. The reverse fixture at the Lodge finished 7-0 after Dwade James had scored another hattrick and Emiel Aiken scored a brace while Callum Ibe and Lewis Francis also scored.

Both sides sit on the same amount of points at the early stage with both winning and losing one in the league. It will ceratinly be a tough game for both sides.