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FA Trophy: Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson excited for third-round tie with Warrington Town

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 February 2018

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: freddiepatmore.com)

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: freddiepatmore.com)

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Stones welcome Yellows on Saturday, with a place in quarter-finals at stake

Wealdstone could be celebrating a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy if they can get the better of Warrington Town on Saturday.

Stones of the National League South entertain Northern Premier Division outfit Yellows in the third round this weekend.

Winners of ties in the third round will collect £8,000 in prize money, with Bobby Wilkinson’s men having already accrued £18,000 after entering in the third qualifying round.

The Grosvenor Vale club would be forgiven for not knowing much about their northern rivals ahead of the clash, but Wilkinson revealed he has been doing his homework on Town.

“We had Warrington watched a couple of weeks ago, and we also have the DVD of their game against Ebbsfleet United,” the Wealdstone boss told the club website.

“It’s very important that we focus on that because it’s a big game for this football club.

“I look forward to the challenge, we’ll be working hard in training this week and we’ll be ready.”

Wealdstone will be without defender Ian Gayle this weekend, who is both cup tied and suspended.

The defender, a recent signing from divisional rivals Welling United, picked up two bookings in last weekend’s 2-1 win at home to Weston-super-Mare in the league on Saturday.

Goals from Iffy Allen, on loan from National League outfit Bromley, and Abo Eisa helped Stones to a success against the Seagulls.

Gayle’s dismissal, though, may have taken the shine off the success for some, but Wilkinson refused to criticise the former Dagenham & Redbridge man for his red card.

“Ian has been sent off, but he has been brilliant in the last four games. One thing I won’t do is start singling players out, you shouldn’t really,” added the Wealdstone boss.

“He should have stood up, but he’s made a mistake and he’ll have to live with it.

“He’ll have to come out of the team, but he’s been brilliant and I back him all the way. It’s just a silly mistake and he has to learn from it.”

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