By Scott Lanza

Saturday 7th September

Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Road

Hadley 3 Arlesey Town 2

Hadley carried the ESL flag into the 2nd Qualifying Round after a sensational 3-2 win over Arlesey Town. The visitors ply their trade in the       but the hosts saw Shehzad Anwar, Solomon Ofori and Alfie Bartrum supply the goals that put them into Monday’s draw.

Takeley 0 Potters Bar Town 1

Takeley scored a late equailiser in midweek in their FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay against White Ensign and then scored again in extra time to set up this 1st Qualifying Round tie a few days later. This time around it was to be Takeley having to take a taste of late minute poison as Bradley Sack nothced the winning goal for the visitors in the 94th minute.

Premier Division

Cockfosters 2 Tower Hamlets 1

Suaibo Balde is becoming a prolific goalscorer and found the net again for Tower Hamlets; it wan’t enough to secure any points though as the hosts scored twice inside two first half minutes to secure the victory. Billy Healey opened the account in the 31st minute and two minutes later Ryan Wade popped up and riffled home from the penalty spot. The win sees Cockfosters up to 4th, while Tower Hamlets now sit in 13th spot.

Enfield 4  Sporting Bengal United 4

Enfield will have to be content with a point despite taking the lead twice against Sporting Bengal United who found a way back despite being two goals down at one point. Alfie Cleal handed the E’s an early lead when he struck in the 4th minute. Bobby Redwood levelled up in the 18th minute but Cleal fired the hosts back into the lead in the 26th minute and then Nan Asamoah put the E’s 3-1 up just after the half hour mark. But Redwood pulled one back in the 43rd minute and then completed his hat-trick two minutes later meaning it was 3-3 at the break. Enfield again took the lead when Komal Llewellyn-Reid notched in the 53rd minute but on the hour cometh the man as Curtley McIntosh levelled the game once more and with no further scoring the two teams shares the spoils after a goalfest of an encounter

Ilford 3 Clapton 0

The Foxes had a decent day at the office as they handed the Tons a 3-0 defeat that saw Hugo Rosettil keep a clean sheet without having too much to do. At the other end goals from Nicholas Keyamo, Steve Sylvester and Clifford Newby-Harris secured Ilford the win that moves them up to 9th, while Clapton drop down to 18th.

Redbridge 2 Saffron Walden Town 3

Saffron Walden Town lead the pack after a 3-2 win at Redbridge. Gavin Cockman has previously turned out for the Motormen and he scored twice, the opener on 5 minutes which Taylor Tombides found an answer to ten minutes before the break. Jack Isherwood made it 2-1 six minutes into the second period and then the lead was extended when Cockman scored his second of the afternoon just past the hour mark. However Tombides cut into that lead when he pulled one back in the 83rd minute but the Bloods held on to secure the victory.

Sawbridgeworth Town 2 Hashtag United 3

Sawbridgeworth Town will be feeling that Lady Luck is simply not looking anywhere near Crofters End as they ended up pointless despite leading Hashtag 2-0 midway through the second half. The Robins were looking on their way to victory thanks to goals from Aaron Donaldson and Harry Bushell. Neil Richmond cut the deficit in the 71st minute but the visitors then made a complete hash of a penalty. However Richmond then levelled the game in the 86th minute before George Smith nothced the winner a minute before the end to complete an amazing turnaround which now sees Hashtag United 2nd while the Robins remain pointless at the foot of the table.

Stansted 1 St Margaretsbury 1

It was a point apiece at Hargrave Park as Stansted and St Margaretsbury saw out a 1-1 draw that saw the visitors handed a 47th minute lead via Wisley Balthazar but the Airportmen drew level in the 71st minute thanks to a Jack Mitchell goal.

West Essex 3 Woodford Town 2

It took Michael Mignot only two minutes to hand West Essex into the lead but the Woods equalised in the 10th minute via Samir Ali. The hosts then retook the lead in the 20th minute when Tom MacLeod hit the target, but the Woods were level ten minute before half-time courtesy of an own goal. However West Essex took the lead for the third time in the 75th minute as Mignot scored his second of the afternoon and this time around Woodford Town were unable to find a reply meaning that West Essex took all three points that moves them up to 9th.

Aylesbury United 0 Walthamstow 3

Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

Sunday 8th September

Walthamstow’s FA Cup campaign continues into the 2nd Qualifying Round as they beat another Step 4 side, this time BetVictor Southern League outfit Aylesbury United. The hosts had made a decent start to their Division One Central campaign and were the favourites going into this, but Walthamstow put on a master class to become the second ESL club over the course of the weekend to book a place in Monday’s draw

The opening stages saw both teams getting near their opponent’s penalty box but there was nothing too clear cut. Then in the 9th minute Stow were handed an opportunity when they were awarded a penalty however Callum Ibe’s effort was saved Jack Hopwood.

Emiel Aiken had the next Stow chance but could only lift his shot over the crossbar, while Aylesbury then got a ball over Walthamstow’s backline but Melvy Nsomi was placed in a good position but his shot was too wild and flew over the bar. Those were the pick of the chances in the opening 15 minutes, a period when Stow did get the ball in Aylesbury’s net but the goal was ruled out due to a foul in the build-up.

However, Stow placed themselves firmly in command of the tie inside three first half minutes, taking the lead in the 21st minute when Samrai Gebrai beat Aylesbury’s offside trap, latched onto a through-ball and had a low shot saved by Hopwood, but Danny McCullock stabbed home the rebound. Three minutes later Aiken was fouled in the box, meaning another Walthamstow penalty and this time they made no mistake as Billy Jones thumped the ball past Hopwood.

The Ducks needed to get flying and won a corner in the 33rd minute when Sydney Ibie’s header was deflected behind by Jamie Bennett. The resulting corner fell to Ollie Hogg who could only drill his shot over.

Stow kept Aylesbury quiet, with their midfield solid and the defence also working as a solid unit. It meant that Bransgrove had little to do apart from claim the odd cross. At the other end Gebrai flashed a free kick just wide. The hosts did close the half with two chances, an Ibie shot in the 42nd minute was straight at Bransgrove; then in stoppage time Nsomi fluffed his lines when he messed up a one-to-one with the Stow keeper and could only fire his shot several yards the wrong side of Bransgrove’s right-hand post.

Aylesbury had to find an early goal if they wanted to get themselves back into the tie but they were unable to find a way through. Sonny French headed a Hogg free kick wide; Greg Williams and Mark Riddick both had shots blocked before Aylesbury shouts for a handball in the box were not adhered to by the referee who waved play on.

In the 55th minute there were to be no doubts as Ibe was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot, giving Stow their third penalty of the game. This time Gebrai fancied his chances and riffled the penalty home with some aplomb.

Aylesbury now needed a miracle, but they did launch an instant attack which ended when Dave O’Connor blazed his shot over. Bransgrove had to punch clear an Aylesbury corner in the 70th minute, and from this Stow launched a counter-attack but Gebrai dragged his shot wide.

Nsomi did manage to work his way into Walthamstow’s box, laying off a nice ball to Williams whose shot took a deflection. Williams and Ibie also placed a header each wide, then a Hogg free kick sailed over Bransgrove’s cross bar. It had been meagre pickings for Aylesbury who didn’t create much due in part to Walthamstow’s defence keeping it tight. But when the hosts did find a way through they were wasteful with their chances meaning that Bransgrove didn’t have any saves to make.

Stow had been clinical when it mattered, scoring two of their three penalties plus one goal from open play and they could have added to their tally in the closing stages when Fortune played in Gebrai, the resulting shot was skuffed wide however. It didn’t really matter in the end though as Walthamstow put on a great display to book their place in the 2nd Qualifying Round having so far scored ten goals without conceding any at the other end. Ryan Maxwell will no doubt be happy with that statistic, while the club can now bank a bit more wlecome prize money.

Aylesbury United: Jack Hopwood, Dave O’Connor, Jake Bewley, Jack Wood (Capt), Jordan Jenkins(Lewis Osbourne 74′),Mark Riddick, Ollie Hogg, Ben Seaton (Greg Williams 35′),Sydney Ibie, Sonny French, Melvy Nsomi (Harry Jones 60′).

Walthamstow: James Bransgrove, Jamie Bennett, Kyan Gulliver, Jack Folan, Billy Jones, Gus Douglas, Danny McCullock (Ryan Reed 82′),Benji Crilley, Callum Ibe (Dwade James 68′),Emiel Aiken (Ollie Fortune 75′),Samrai Gebrai.

Scorers – Danny McCullock (21′), Billy Jones (24’p), Samrai Gebrai (55’p).

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