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FA Trophy: Bobby Wilkinson demands Wealdstone bounce back at home to Wingate & Finchley

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 December 2017

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: freddiepatmore.com)

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: freddiepatmore.com)

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Stones in FA Trophy action against Blues after losing in National League South last time out

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson has challenged his side to get back on the winning trail when they host Wingate & Finchley in the FA Trophy first round on Saturday.

Last weekend, Stones’ promotion hopes in the National League South took a blip as they lost 3-1 at Concord Rangers.

Eddie Oshodi had an interesting afternoon for the Grosvenor Vale club, scoring their only goal, but only after conceding a penalty that led to the second for Rangers.

This weekend, the west Londoners’ attention switches to their FA Trophy tie with Wingate, who play in the Bostik Premier.

Victory would see Wealdstone pocket £6,000 in prize money, and Wilkinson hopes to see his team hit back against the Blues.

“You win together and you lose together. I’m proud of every one of my boys, but all I need them to do now is bounce back and try to give us everything next week,” he told the club website.

There could be some interested spectators at Grosvenor Vale for the FA Trophy tie, with Wealdstone attacker Abo Eisa said to be attracting the gazes of Football League clubs.

Since joining from Uxbridge in the summer, Eisa has been impressive for Stones and could be set for a move away in January, with Championship side Queens Park Rangers among those linked.

Wilkinson says he is aware of the interest in his player, but says he will do his best to ensure Eisa does not get carried away with the speculation.

“You have to keep their feet on the ground and tell them to keep doing what they are doing,” added the Wealdstone boss.

“Players are marking him closer now, so we need to adapt his game plan a little bit. It’s a credit to him and he deserves everything he is getting right now.

“A lot of it is speculation, so his agent is doing a good job, isn’t he? I’ve been around the game too long for that, but I’ll stand by Abs and keep believing in him. He’s a young pup, so do we slaughter people or do we help them? I help.”

Wilkinson will hope Eisa is spurred on by the speculation this weekend.

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