Wealdstone prepared for visit from Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 September 2018

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Stones drew 1-1 at Dulwich Hamlet last weekend

Wealdstone face an early test of their promotion credentials in the Vanarama National League South on Saturday when they welcome Chelmsford City.

Stones have begun the term brightly and sit sixth after nine games having taken 15 points so far, a total boosted by four wins.

However, Bobby Wilkinson’s will this weekend welcome a Clarets side who have finished in the play-off places in the division in each of the last two seasons.

The Grosvenor Vale outfit head into Saturday’s game off the back of a 1-1 draw away to Dulwich Hamlet last weekend.

Wealdstone took the lead in the 23rd minute at the KNK Stadium when Bradley Hudson-Odoi scored a penalty to net for the second game in a row.

Stones were seemingly on course for their second away win of the season, but Hamlet drew level 10 minutes from time through Anthony Cook.

That goal saw the spoils shared as Wilkinson’s men returned from their trip to south London with a point to show for their efforts.

The last week also saw the Grosvenor Vale side discover their opponents in the second qualifying round of this season’s FA Cup.

Like all sides in the National League North and South, Wealdstone entered the competition in the second qualifying round.

With the draw still regionalised at this stage of the competition, Stones were given a home tie against Great Wakering Rovers of the Bostik North.

The tie is due to take place on the weekend of September 22, with winners of ties in the second qualifying round taking home £9,000 in prize money.

Before all that, however, comes the small matter of the clash with Chelmsford this coming Saturday.

Wilkinson’s men will put their unbeaten home record on the line against a City outfit who have won more points on the road than at their own ground.

The Grosvenor Value outfit will start the game five positions higher than the Clarets in the table, though just two points split the teams, but Wealdstone will aim to extend that lead on Saturday.

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