National League South: Bobby Wilkinson knows Wealdstone face crucial week in bid to make play-offs

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 March 2018

Wealdstone defender Glen Wilson holds off Bradley Goldberg of Welling United (pic: Dave Budden)

Wealdstone defender Glen Wilson holds off Bradley Goldberg of Welling United (pic: Dave Budden)

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Stones visit Braintree Town on Saturday, before making the trip to Havant & Waterlooville on Tuesday

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson believes his team face a crucial week in their battle to qualify for the National League South play-offs.

Stones visit Braintree Town on Saturday before making the trip to Havant & Waterlooville on Tuesday, with both opposition currently in the top seven in the table.

Wilkinson’s men head into the crunch period off the back of a 1-0 win at home to Welling United on Monday, with Ricky Wellard scoring the winner in stoppage time.

That win helped the Grosvenor Vale outfit close in on the play-off places, and the Wealdstone manager is looking to make further progress this week.

“We have two away games and if we want to be in the mix in a couple of weeks, we need to take points,” he told the club website.

“If we can take four points, it would be just unbelievable. We know how tough it’s going to be at Braintree and then on Tuesday, I have to make sure the boys are focussed on that game and not the FA Trophy game (on March 17).

“We will have to fight hard this week, regroup and we have to beat Braintree to stay in the mix.

“You couldn’t have asked for two bigger games, but this is what everyone wants, isn’t it?

“If it means it means something when you turn up, then we’re doing something right.”

Wealdstone head into the weekend boosted by the news that Danny Green and Jerome Okimo have extended their deals until the end of next season.

Loanees Joseph Otudeko and Reagan Ogle have returned to parent clubs Bristol Rovers and Accrington Stanley respectively, though the latter remains available for FA Trophy matches.

It means Ogle could well feature for Stones in their FA Trophy semi-final matches against Brackley Town of the National League North later this month.

Wilkinson’s men visit the Saints in the first leg on March 17, with the return game at Grosvenor Vale a week later, with ticket details for both games now available on the Wealdstone website.

Before the excitement of the FA Trophy semi-final, though, Stones face a crucial week in their bid to win promotion to the National League this term

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