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FA Trophy: Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson targeting trip to Wembley after beating Wingate & Finchley in first round

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 December 2017

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: freddiepatmore.com)

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: freddiepatmore.com)

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Stones beat Blues 1-0 at Grosvenor Vale on Saturday

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson hopes his team can make it all the way to the FA Trophy final after beating Wingate & Finchley 1-0 in the first round on Saturday.

Stones progressed past the Blues of the Bostik Premier at Grosvenor Vale an Abo Eisa pass was turned into his own net by Sean Cronin early in the second half.

The west Londoners will discover their second round opponents in Monday’s draw, which takes place at 1pm and will be broadcast live on talkSPORT 2.

With the draw no longer regionalised, there are plenty of National League clubs Wealdstone could draw, but Wilkinson believes his side can make May’s final.

“We can now look forward to Monday and see who we get in the next round, which is all that mattered to me,” he said.

“I want a tie that we can win and if there’s a glamour tie, I want to win that.

“I want to go to Wembley, people might laugh at that, but I’m not in the competition not to go to Wembley.

“If I got there, it would be brilliant and if I didn’t, then OK, but I have to believe I can get there.”

In a game of little quality, Wealdstone were able to do enough to progress past Wingate.

And despite the game lacking in action, Wilkinson was simply happy to make it past the first round.

“It was a typical cup game. Wingate came here to frustrate us, but they’re a good side,” he added.

“Last year, it was a 2-2 draw with them at this stage, so I wanted to beat that and make sure we’re in the next round.”

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