National League South: Wealdstone 3 Truro City 0
PUBLISHED: 20:39 01 September 2018 | UPDATED: 20:40 01 September 2018
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Bradley Bubb scored a second-half double to help Wealdstone gain a comfortable victory over struggling Truro City in the sunshine at The Vale on Saturday.
On a carpet of a pitch, Wealdstone were in control throughout the first half, but could only register the single goal to show for their efforts despite carving out some great positions from some excellent possession.
After spurning a sitter of an opportunity just five minutes before, the man to make the breakthrough was Bradley Hudson-Odoi, who cut in off the left wing to curl a beautiful effort into the far top corner leaving keeper Jo Jo Woolacott grasping thin air.
The Stones created some neat passages of play but failed to carve out the opening for a lethal strike, whilst winless Truro had some moments, especially from Niall Thompson, but couldn’t create a decent shooting opportunity despite some reasonable build-up play.
In the second half, playing towards their massed fans at the Bulla End, the home side pulled away with star man Bubb putting on a show of skill and pace.
He opened his account by collecting a short pass with his back to goal, turning smartly and driving away from his marker before slotting home past Woollacott who seemed to be deceived by the angle.
Wealdstone’s third goal sealed the deal and was an example of Truro’s early season defensive struggles as a goal kick, flicked on by David Pratt, found Bubb in acres of space racing down on Truro’s exposed keeper in a classic one-on-one. He finished emphatically, rifling high into the net.
Truro’s main chance came to Thompson on the volley, but his goalbound effort was frustratingly hit into a teammate and away to safety for a goal kick with Jon North mightily relieved.
The Stones were not seriously troubled defensively again and Truro must be wondering where they will pick up their first win.
Wealdstone are back in action on Monday night with a squad friendly match, kick off 7.30pm, and then away to mid-table Dulwich Hamlet (at Tooting & Mitcham FC) next Saturday, kick off 3pm.
*Following recent social media speculation concerning Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson, the club released a statement to update supporters on the situation.
Vice-chairman Rory Fitzgerald said: “Following an approach from clubs for the services of our manager Bobby Wilkinson we gave permission to Bobby to speak to them. They were good offers and understandably worthy of consideration but having considered them I am delighted to confirm that Bobby will be staying with Wealdstone.
“He has shown great loyalty and commitment to everyone at the club and has belief and full focus on what we are all striving to achieve here. Since Bobby arrived at the club much progress has been made on the pitch and we are now starting to see the fruits of the planning, hard work and preparation for this season during the summer - we all want to continue that journey to deliver the success this club and its supporters deserves.
“Chairman Peter Marsden and the board has affirmed its commitment to Bobby and we are very pleased to announce that he has agreed and signed an extension to his contract with us.”
Wilkinson added: “I am proud and delighted to have signed a new contract with Wealdstone. Together with my chairman Peter Marsden, the board, my management team and players we have a collective desire and commitment to achieve success with this club and that is what we are working so hard to achieve.
“With our great fans we have the belief to drive the club forward as one and achieve the success we all want. We are buzzing!“
Wealdstone: North, Tyler, Grant, Stevens, Okimo, Poku, Bubb (Sheppard 79), Ahmidi (Lench 86), Pratt, Green, Hudson-Odoi (Mitchell 83), Unused subs: Mambo, Monakana.