Gordon's taking nothing for granted
PUBLISHED: 18:17 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 24 August 2010
By Ian Cooper WEALDSTONE boss Gordon Bartlett is urging his side against complacency after they were drawn against Aylesbury in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup. Monday s draw pitted the Stones against the Buckinghamshire side – the lowest-ranked
By Ian Cooper
WEALDSTONE boss Gordon Bartlett is urging his side against complacency after they were drawn against Aylesbury in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.
Monday's draw pitted the Stones against the Buckinghamshire side - the lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition, with an extra £5,000 and a place in the first round proper of the competition at stake.
Both sides have already seen off higher league opponents so far, with Wealdstone thumping Conference South side Lewis 3-0 in the third qualifying round on Saturday, and Spartan South Midlands League side Aylesbury edging out Chesham United 4-3.
With only two league defeats between them all season, Bartlett admits the draw has paired two sides in red-hot form, and is expecting a stern test at Aylesbury's Haywood Way ground a week on Saturday.
"I think they will be licking their lips," said the Wealdstone manager. "When you look at their record, they've beaten three teams in higher leagues than themselves, so we do go there with a certain amount of apprehension.
"Our number one priority was to get a home tie. Obviously that hasn't happened, this will be our third away tie out of four but we just have to deal with it.
"Any time you are drawn against a lower league side there is a certain amount of expectation, but I don't think we can be lulled into that.
"The majority of their players were playing in the Southern League last season, so we have to treat them the same as any other side. There will certainly be no complacency on our part."
Bartlett is no stranger to cup success, having twice led Yeading into the FA Cup first round in the 1990s, as well as winning the FA Vase at Wembley.
But a place in the first round with the Stones would be the furthest he has ever taken his current side and, after years of financial turmoil, the manager believes the financial windfall at stake is a priceless bonus for the Grosvenor Vale outfit.
"The money is what keeps us afloat. We've had huge financial problems here in the last few years, we seem to have got through crisis after crisis," Bartlett added.
"It's valuable to say the least, and it's much needed. The longer the cup run goes on the better it is for us.