National League South: Bobby Wilkinson urges Wealdstone to take FA Trophy form into league campaign
PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 March 2018
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Stones into final four of FA Trophy, but boss is also aiming for promtion this term
Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson has called on his team to take their FA Trophy heroics into their National League South play-off push.
Stones made it through to the final four of the Trophy last weekend with a 5-2 win at big spending Billericay Town of the Bostik Premier on Saturday.
The Grosvenor Vale outfit return to the league this week, hosting Oxford City on Saturday, before welcoming Welling United on Monday.
Before the first leg of their FA Trophy semi-final on March 17, at either Stockport County or Brackley Town who are set to have a replay on March 6, Wealdstone have four games in the league, including the ones against Oxford and Welling.
And Wilkinson has challenged his squad to show why they should start the first leg of the Trophy semi-final with their performances in the league over the next few weeks.
“I expect standards. The boys have two games next weekend where we have to pick up some points because we’re only eight points off the play-offs. My standards will never drop,” he said.
“We had a disappointing weekend the previous weekend, but I believe everything happens for a reason and it gave us the extra hunger against Billericay.
“Next weekend, we have to get back to basics and get points on the board because I want promotion as well.
“Is it wrong saying that? No, that’s my ambition. Everyone knows what I want to do and we have to get in the play-offs.”
Against Billericay last weekend, a hat trick from debutant Bradley Bubb, less than a day after joining from National League outfit Ebbsfleet United, helped Stones into the final four of the Trophy.
Ricky Wellard and Matty Whichelow were also on target for Wealdstone as they upset the odds to knock out the Blues
Wilkinson’s squad were cheered on by a fantastic travelling following on Saturday, and the manager was thankful for their support.
“I’ve said this a couple of times and people say it’s a cliché, but our fans are the best in the world. They will back you,” he added.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of them of Saturday, they drove us on. We were under a bit of pressure for 20 minutes in the second half, but how loud they were settled us down.”