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National League South; Wealdstone aim for better against Bognor Regis Town

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 September 2017

Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson (centre) and his management team (pic: FreddiePatmore.com)

Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson (centre) and his management team (pic: FreddiePatmore.com)

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Stones were beaten 5-1 at Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday night

Wealdstone will hope to turn in an improved display when they host Bognor Regis Town in the National League South on Saturday.

Stones slumped to a 5-1 loss away to Weston-super-Mare in midweek, with Eddie Oshodi scoring the only goal for the visitors.

It was boss Bobby Wilkinson’s first loss since taking charge of the Grosvenor Vale club last month, but he feels wholesale changes to his starting XI may not be the answer to faring better this weekend.

“I can’t keep changing the squad, and I made a few mistakes myself,” Wilkinson told the club website.

“It wasn’t just the players, it was me as well. I took Jerome off in central midfield, and we lost our shape a little bit because we went for the win. We had two clear cut chances and we should have gone in front.

“After I took Jerome off in midfield, they got us on the break a few times.

“I learnt a lot about myself, I made mistakes, so what I have to do is go back to the drawing board and make sure I’m right.”

Wilkinson is also looking for his first win as Wealdstone boss, having drawn all three of his matches prior to the Weston defeat.

In his short period at the helm, the former Hungerford Town boss has brought in plenty of new faces.

But with the new look Stones team still trying to gel, Wilkinson knows he does not have time on his side.

“I haven’t got time. A week ago, people were saying we should make four or five changes; now we’re making changes, people are saying we shouldn’t make so many. Make your mind up,” he added.

“I’ve seen this happy many times over the years, we have to make changes quickly now to turn it around quickly.

“It doesn’t matter how good you are as a player, it doesn’t matter about money or anything else, if you don’t have that passion to win, you’ll never win.

“I was gobsmacked after the Weston game and I feel for every one of our fans who spent money and took time off.

“One thing I will learn from the defeat to Weston-super-Mare is who is with me and who’s not.”

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