Wealdstone have still got a lot of work to do says boss Wilkinson after FA Cup win

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 September 2017

Wealdstone players warm up before a match (pic

Wealdstone players warm up before a match (pic


Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson admits the hard work has only just started as they prepare to make the long trip to Bath City on Staurday.

Wilkinson has lost just one game following his appointment at Grosvenor Vale, and while pleased with the start they have made, he knows more is to come from his charges.

“I had to make a lot of changes in my first few weeks here and make players hungry, but all we can concentrate it on what we are doing,” he said.

“We have still got a lot of work to do, but the boys are responding and backing me all the way.”

The Stones will come up against a Bath side who will be led by caretaker-manager Jim Rollo, following Gary Owers’ decision to join Torquay United.

And Wilkinson believes that will have had an effect ahead of the game.

“They have got a new manager and that can have a positive effect on their team, meaning they give that little bit more because they are playing for their places just like I had,” he added.

Wilkinson saw his side progress in the FA Cup last weekend with a 4-0 home win over Bostik South side Faversham Town, thanks to a double from Danny Green and one apiece for Matty Whichelow and Dan Fitchett.

That earned the Stones £4,500 in prize money and Monday’s draw saw them given an away tie with the winners of the replay between Colney Heath and Burgess Hill Town.

Although wishing for a home draw, Wilkinson will continue to prepare his side as the underdogs as he did against Faversham.

“I prepared us as the underdogs as I often did at Hungerford and that is why we made the change without Alan O’Brien out wide because we knew they would play very narrow,” he remarked.

“My assistant Jamie Leacock did a lot of hard work on them and I will never change that philosophy because it has got me a lot of wins.

“A lot of people deep down think we were the favourites but you have to earn the right to win the games. You would like to face a team that you can compete with given that you should win on paper. Whoever we play we will give 100 per cent and hopefully we can get the result.”

On the Faversham win, he added: “We played good football against a well- organised side that played five at the back.”


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