FA Trophy: Bobby Wilkinson knows Wealdstone are still in semi-final tie despite losing first leg at Brackley Town
PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:25 19 March 2018
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Stones were beaten 1-0 in Northamptonshire by Saints on Saturday
Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson knows it is still all to play for in his team’s FA Trophy semi-final with Brackley Town, despite conceding late on to lose the first leg 1-0.
Stones looked to be on their way for a draw in the first match of the two-legged tie at St James Park.
However, with five minutes remaining, Wilkinson’s men saw Alex Gudger net for the hosts from a corner.
The goal gives the Saints the slenderest of advantages heading into the second leg at Grosvenor Vale on Saturday.
But Wilkinson is confident his team can still turn it around and reach the final at Wembley Stadium in May.
“The boys are disappointed to concede a goal in that manner, but we’re still in the tie,” he told the club website.
“The biggest thing in the first game was leaving Brackley still being in the tie.
“We would have loved a 0-0 or a 1-0 win ourselves, but we didn’t get it. We’re 1-0 down ourselves, but we have 90 minutes to turn it around.”
The first leg was decided by the narrowest of margins, with Brackley taking their one-goal lead into the second leg at Grosvenor Vale.
However, both teams will be relatively pleased with how things went in the first leg, with Wealdstone still in the tie.
Both teams would have known the importance of having something to play for in the second leg, and Wilkinson admits that may have influenced how both teams approached the first tie.
“It was very cagey because there is a lot at stake and to play for. Both teams went toe-to-toe,” he added.
“We put them against the ropes in the second half, but they rode that storm and then put us against the ropes and got their goal.
“Credit to them, they’ve had their home tie, but now we have our home tie and we have to believe we can get the first goal in that game and keep fighting.”