Hendon result has no bearing on FA Trophy clash, says Wealdstone boss

PUBLISHED: 12:06 08 November 2012

Gordon Bartlett

Gordon Bartlett

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Gordon Bartlett believes Corby Town’s recent FA Cup loss to Hendon will count for nothing when the Midlanders clash with his Wealdstone side on Saturday.

Stones are currently in the middle of a purple patch, having won eight of their last nine games in all competitions and moved up to third place in the Ryman League Premier Division.

Neighbours Hendon, who are struggling in the league, triumphed at Corby in the FA Cup last month, but the Stones boss is keen to point out that does not make his side favourites against the Conference North club in Saturday’s FA Trophy third qualifying round clash at Grosvenor Vale.

“We all know what this game’s like – just because one Ryman team’s beaten them, it doesn’t mean anyone else is going to do it,” Bartlett told the Times.

“Corby are a team from a higher level, that’s always going to be a difficult challenge, and they’ve been on a good run since the Hendon game, so their confidence is going to be up.

“All we can do is try and continue in the same vein as we have in recent weeks. We’ve slipped into a nice little groove after a spluttering start, and winning is a habit.

“We want to go as far as we can. We’ve had numerous challenges that we’ve handled over the last few years and this is another one, so we go into Saturday hopeful of getting another scalp.”

Midfielder Nathan Webb is suspended for Saturday’s tie, but Stones – who reached the last four of the Trophy last season – should otherwise be at full strength.

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