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National League South: Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson anticipates difficult trip to ‘confident’ Oxford City

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 November 2017

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: freddiepatmore.com)

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: freddiepatmore.com)

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Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson believes his side face a tough task when they visit Oxford City on Saturday, despite the Marsh Lane outfit struggling in the National League South.

Managed by Mark Jones, City have stuttered in the league so far this term and sit in the bottom three ahead of the weekend.

However, Oxford stunned League Two side Colchester United in the first round of the FA Cup earlier this month, and also won at high-flying Chelmsford City in the league on Saturday.

Those wins will have done wonders for City’s morale, and Wilkinson is aware Oxford will be a different beast now off the back of their fine recent results.

“What a tough place to be going to now, to a team full of confidence who will be thinking about the FA Cup the week after and with players playing for places,” the Stones boss told the club website.

“I’ll do all my work this week on Oxford, but I just want to keep winning games and I’m loving every minute of it this week.”

Wealdstone head to Oxford off the back of a 1-0 victory over Wilkinson’s former side Hungerford Town that stretched the west Londoners’ winning run to three matches.

Stones left it late to beat the Crusaders, with Abo Eisa netting a stoppage-time penalty at Grosvenor Vale.

And though he admits he was pleased to claim all three points, Wilkinson knows his side did not play as well as they could at home to Town.

“It was such a frustrating game. We didn’t play how we normally play and we went down to their level.

“We went a little bit too direct at times and both sides cancelled each other out. I didn’t enjoy that game whatsoever from start to finish, but all that matters to me is getting three points.”

On Monday, Wealdstone discovered their opponents in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

Stones are due to host divisional rivals Chelmsford City, with the tie due to take place on November 25 and the victor pocketing £5,000 in prize money.

Last season under Gordon Bartlett, the Grosvenor Vale made it to third round proper before losing 4-1 at home to Brackley Town.

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