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National League South: Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson wants to see another display full of ‘guts and determination’ this weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 November 2017

Manager of the month Bobby Wilkinson with his backroom staff at Wealdstone

Manager of the month Bobby Wilkinson with his backroom staff at Wealdstone

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The Stones fought back to draw 3-3 with leaders Dartford on Tuesday and now host divisional rivals Chelmsford City in the FA Trophy on Saturday

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson is looking for his players to show more guts and determination when they host Chelmsford City in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy this weekend.

The two National League South rivals go head-to-head in the cup at Grosvenor Vale with little seperating them in the current standings.

Wealdstone are 11th on 28 points while City are fifth with 32, but the focus turns to the FA Trophy and a chance to reach the first round.

Stones lost 3-2 at Oxford City on Saturday, but bounced back on Tuesday night by holding leaders Dartford to a 3-3 draw at Princes Park.

“Maybe sometimes I need to slow down because I came to Dartford to win, but a point is a fantastic result and to get a point when you are 3-2 down with minutes to go shows the character I’m trying to build here,” Wilkinson told the official club website.

“They have a manager that kicks every ball and wants to win every game and I’ve got a bunch of players who believe in what we’re trying to do and they deserve all the credit for their performance.

“I thought second half we got a little bit sloppy for 20 minutes and went too direct and couldn’t keep the ball, but I can’t be harsh because we are away from home and we are constantly under pressure and that’s what happens in this league.

“The way we’ve come back into the game is pure guts and determination and passion and that’s what I thrive on and the desire from everyone at the club was immense.”

Wealdstone showed their mettle at Dartford by fighting back to claim a share of the spoils in the six-goal thriller.

Abobaker Eisa, fresh from his brace in the 3-2 loss at Oxford City on Saturday, opened the scoring at Princes Park with a fifth-minute strike.

Alfie Pavey equalised for the Darts three minutes later, however, before Danny Green restored the Stones lead.

Dartford got back on level terms in the 69th minute when Pavey found the net again and Andy Pugh made it 3-2 to the hosts with 80 gone.

The Stones didn’t give up though, and Eisa won them a spot-kick late on, which Green dispatched with confidence to earn them a point ahead of their clash with Chelmsford.

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