Wealdstone aiming to avoid being victims of a Trophy shock away to Biggleswade
PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 December 2018
Copyright - Leigh Page 2018
Stones played out a goalless draw at St Albans City in the National League South last Saturday
Wealdstone will hope to avoid being victims of a shock on Saturday when they visit Biggleswade Town in the first round.
Stones ply their trade in the Vanarama National League, but will face a Waders team who play a tier below in the Evo-Stik South Premier Central.
Town have already eliminated two other sides covered by the Times from the competition, knocking out both Harrow Borough and Hendon.
That is a list Wealdstone will not want to join as they look to improve on last season’s run to the semi-finals.
The Grosvenor Vale club visit Biggleswade following a goalless draw at St Albans City in the league last Saturday.
It was a testing afternoon for Stones against a Saints outfit who are one of their rivals for the play-offs this term.
And Wealdstone assistant manager Jamie Leacock seemed pleased with the point his team collected at Clarence Park.
“When you come away from home to a good side that scores lots of goals and plays in front of a big crowd, it’s always a good point,” Leacock told the club website.
“We worked hard in training on not conceding goals because our previous three games had seen us concede eight goals, so to come away with a clean sheet was very satisfactory.
“Our shape was very good and I thought we were organised. In the first half, we had the better of the play and created a few chances.”
The clean sheet at St Albans was a first in four matches in all competitions for Wealdstone.
And Leacock declared himself pleased with how the defence acquitted themselves away to the Saints.
“I thought the back four looked balanced on Saturday. They did their jobs on Saturday,” he added
“If you’re playing in a back four and keep a clean sheet, that’s all you want to do.
“They headed everything, defended everything and they had a lot coming at them in the second half, but they did well.”
Wealdstone’s attentions now, though, switch to the Trophy as they look to plot a route past Biggleswade with £6,000 on offer for winners of ties in the first round.
And having come so close to making the final last term, Stones will be aiming for another lengthy run in the competition.