FA Trophy: Bobby Wilkinson hails all associated with Wealdstone after success at Billericay Town
PUBLISHED: 17:47 24 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:47 24 February 2018
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Stones into FA Trophy semi-finals after 5-2 win at Blues
Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson hailed the performance from his team and management staff after a 5-2 win at Billericay Town in the FA Trophy quarter-finals.
A double from debutant Bradley Bubb, signed on Friday from National League outfit Ebbsfleet United, and goals from Ricky Wellard and Matty Whichelow saw Stones lead 4-1 at the break.
Bubb completed his treble after the interval to cap a glorious afternoon for the Grosvenor Vale outfit as they progressed to the final four of the competition.
And Wilkinson was full of praise for those associated with the club after continuing their fine run in the competition.
“It was a great day for this football club. We came here with a plan to play football. Everyone thought we might play direct, but we stuck to our plan,” he said.
“I knew they’d go direct on this pitch and knew what he (Town boss Glenn Tamplin) did on Wednesday with his team.
“I’m afraid to say that on Saturday, we won it. We outsmarted him and outplayed him and this is why my management team deserve all the credit for how hard we work.”
In the build-up to the match, Billericay boss and chairman Tamplin took the social media claiming he would sack himself as manager if his team lost.
Wilkinson believes a statement such as that aided his side, believing it put the Blues under enormous pressure.
“A lot of publicity has come out of their ground this week – sometimes it’s best to stay quiet and silence is golden,” added the Wealdstone boss.
“When I heard what was going on and that he was threatening to sack himself, that’s a big statement.
“You don’t need to do that; just stay quiet. You put too much pressure on your players this week.
“They’re big players, fantastic players, but I cam here with hearts, guts and determination and we won the game.”
It was a fine afternoon for the Stones as they maintained their superb run in the Trophy having entered in the third qualifying round.
Wealdstone are now just two games away from a possible final just down the road at Wembley Stadium.
But for now, Wilkinson and his charges can toast a win over Billericay in the Trophy quarter-finals.