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National League South: Bobby Wilkinson wants to see Wealdstone at top of their game at Dartford

PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 November 2017

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic freddiepatmore.com)

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic freddiepatmore.com)

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The Grosvenor Vale club make the lengthy trip to Princes Park this evening looking to bounce back after losing at Oxford City on Saturday

Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson wants his team to relish the prospect of taking on National League South leaders Dartford this evening.

The Stones lost a five-goal thriller at Oxford City on Saturday to see their eight-match unbeaten run in the division come to an end.

A brace from Abobaker Eisa counted for little in the end with Wealdstone losing 3-2, but they’ll look to respond at Princes Park tonight.

“We are going to one of the favourites, but if you want to be in the top seven you have to go to these places and get points,” Wilkinson told the official club website.

“Saturday was a reminder to everyone and a little message to say ‘relax’ because we are nowhere near where we want to be.

“I’m working hard to get us there, but I like the belief everyone has got at the moment and I want them to keep believing because if we keep sticking together, we’ll get to where we want to be.

“I just feel Saturday was a reminder to say ‘listen lads, you’ve got to earn the right to win games’ and at Oxford City we didn’t give up, but we’ve got to do better than that.

“We need to be on the top of our game at Dartford because we are coming up against a side at home in front of a good crowd that want to win, so we’re in for a real tough one and it will be the same on Saturday, but these are the games we play for.”

After visiting the National League South leaders tonight, Wealdstone host Chelmsford City in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy this weekend.

Last Saturday they suffered a frustrating loss at Oxford after goals from Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain and Zac McEachran put the hosts two up after eight minutes.

Eisa pulled one back in the first half, but City made it 3-1 late on through Reece Fleet before Eisa’s second proved to be a mere consolation.

Wilkinson added: “If you are going to give away two sloppy goals in the first eight minutes it is a tall order to bring it back, but I’m very proud of the way the boys bounced back and moved forward.

“We kept trying to win the game, but you can’t give away two goals in the opening eight minutes.”

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