Preview: Walthamstow vs Stansted

Walthamstow face a huge game early in the new season as they welcome Stansted to the Lodge. Having played once in the league and once in the FA Cup this season, this will be Stow’s third game ahead of the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Stow remain unbeaten this season after two games. The first game of the season was an FA Cup tie against London Lions which was won by 3 goals to 2. Goals from Michael Osai, Connor Scully and Charncey Dash was enough on the night despite Stow having to come back twice to beat the Lions. They also tasted victory at Mile End, beating Sporting Bengal United 3-1. Goals from Jon Clements, Charncey Dash and Sam Jeremiah had given Stow a 3-0 lead in the second-half but the last kick of the game saw Bengal score a free-kick.

Last season, Stow was battling with Hashtag United and Saffron Walden for promotion and the title. When the season was brought to an abrupt end, Walthamstow sat 3rd on 63 points. Having played 26 games, Walthamstow had won 20, drawn 3 and lost 3 and had three games in hand over leaders Walden. The home form of Walthamstow last season saw then win 10, draw 2 and lose 2, scoring 33 and conceding only 6. Only Hadley had conceded less goals at home, conceding 5 in the same amount of games.

Stansted remain unbeaten but haven’t won both their games played. The Airportmen had beaten Takeley in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round by 3 goals to 2 after they had taken a 3-1 lead but Takeley’s second was too late to mount a comeback before they drew their first lead game of the season with Clapton despite taking a 2-0 lead. The game finished 2-2 as the points were shared.

Stansted were also competing at the top of the table last season, sitting in 5th when the season was ended. They were 7-points behind 4th-placed Hadley but 7-points ahead of 6th-place Takeley. They had played 27 games of their season as they won 16, drew 2 and lost 9 whilst scoring 55 and conceding 36. Stansted had a better home form than they away form. On the road, they won 6 games but lost 7 whilst conceding 21 compared to their 16 goals scored.

When these sides met in this fixture last season, it was won by Stow by a goal to nil. Dwade James scored the only goal in what was a tight game, with both sides defending well. Although it was only the second game of the season, it impacted the league table.

This game will be tough for both sides. Walthamstow will hope to keep up with their perfect record whilst Stansted will look for their first win of the league season. A win for Stow would take them second, level on points with Hashtag United whilst a win for the visitors would take them above Walthamstow by a point.