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Wealdstone begin FA Cup campaign at home to Great Wakering

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 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 lost 3-2 at home to Chelmsford City in the Vanarama National League South last Saturday

Wealdstone begin their FA Cup campaign in earnest on Saturday when they welcome Great Wakering Rovers in a second qualifying round tie.

Like all teams in the Vanarama National League South, Stones will feature in the competition for the first time this term at this stage.

By comparison, Rovers have already come through two rounds to reach this stage after entering in the preliminary round.

The Bostik North outfit beat Leyton Athletic 4-1 at home in the preliminary round, before defeating Wisbech Town 3-1 in the first qualifying round.

Heading into Saturday’s game, 49 places separate Bobby Wilkinson’s men from Great Wakering in the English football pyramid.

The Grosvenor Vale outfit will hope history repeats itself this season having been also been drawn at home to opposition from the eighth tier in the second qualifying round last term.

Wealdstone overcame Faversham Town 4-0 in that tie and will want a similarly comfortable triumph over Rovers on Saturday.

Should Stones progress past Great Wakering, they will pocket £9,000 in prize money in addition to a spot in the next round.

Wilkinson will hope the cup tie provides his team with a chance to move on from a 3-2 defeat at home to Chelmsford City in the league last weekend.

The Grosvenor Vale club got off to a terrible start against the Clarets and trailed 3-0 at the break after Michael Spillane scored from halfway, with Amos Nasha and Tom Wraight also on target for Rod Stringer’s men.

If ever there was a game of two halves, Saturday may well have been it as Wealdstone delivered a much-improved performance in the second period.

Stones pulled one back in the 51st minute through an own goal from Max Porter and had a second 14 minutes later when Stefan Brown found the target.

Sadly time ran before Wilkinson’s men could find a third as they lost for the first time this month.

But the Grosvenor Vale club will hope to get back on the winning trail by getting the better of Great Wakering.

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