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|Aug 31, 2016||7:45 pm||Essex Senior Cup||2016-17|
Waltham Forest booked their place in the second round of the Essex Senior Cup and kept up their 100% start to the season with a 4-1 victory over West Essex.
Manager Kem Kemal took the opportunity to rotate his squad somewhat, with only three players starting who had started in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Barkingside.
It was the home side who started the game on top, forcing a number of half-chances in the opening few minutes without really getting any meaningful shots away.
Ryan Wade, making his Forest debut then gave his side the lead, with a exquisite free kick, curled into the top corner.
West Essex continued to look dangerous, and spurred a number of good opportunities, including a one on one where most of the crowd thought Ainsworth had found the back of the net but he somehow dragged his effort wide.
With their rotated squad, Forest were struggling to assert themselves, and Adam Cope had to be at his best to deny Enzo Correria.
Early in the second half Essex notched a deserved equalizer, Joe Lefley – who had played for Forest at youth level – smashing a penalty into the top corner after Harrison Seetah was adjudged to have brought down a home forward in the box.
Essex continued to miss a number of good chances, before Wade was instrumental in giving Forest the lead again. His corners had been causing havoc all evening, and the latest in a series fell at Gus Douglas’ feet to rifle home.
Pelummy Martin then notched a fortunate third, an attempted clearance from a Wade corner hitting him straight in the face and going in, but here was no mistake about his second goal of the evening, latching on to a through ball and rolling home.
The scoreline flattered Forest somewhat, but will take an 8th win in 8 games going into Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Stotfold.