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National League South: Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson believes home game with St Albans City marks start of tough run

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 December 2017

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: freddiepatmore.com)

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic: freddiepatmore.com)

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All of Stones’ next three opponents currently near top of table

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson believes the National League South game at home to St Albans City on Saturday marks the start of a tough run of fixtures for the west Londoners.

Stones welcome the Saints on Saturday for a match which precedes two fixtures against Hampton & Richmond Borough on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and a trip to Havant & Waterlooville on January 6.

All of their next three opponents are currently positioned near the top of the table, so it looks like it could be a difficult period for the Grosvenor Vale club.

Wilkinson, though, is relishing the challenge of facing promotion rivals and hopes Wealdstone start the run with a win at home to St Albans.

“We have a run of four real tough games now and if we can come out of it still in the mix and roughly where we are now, I’ll be really pleased,” he said.

“We have to turn up and keep believing. Every team who has come here, they’ve never gone home not knowing they’re not in a game.

“Eventually our home run will have to end, but I’m trying for it not to end. There is no easy game, you have to prepare properly and train harder.”

Wealdstone return to league action on Saturday after beating Wingate & Finchley of the Bostik Premier 1-0 in the FA Trophy first round on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, a pass from Stones attacker Abo Eisa was turned into his own net by Sean Cronin on his return to Grosvenor Vale early in the second half for the tie’s only goal.

The west Londoners’ reward is another home match in the second round, with Wealdstone due to host Southern Premier side Hereford on January 13.

The Bulls claimed a National League scalp in the first round, beating promotion hopefuls Dagenham & Redbridge 3-2 at home.

Before all that, though, Wealdstone have their tough run of National League South fixtures to negotiate, starting with the home game against St Albans on Saturday.

And how Wilkinson would love an early Christmas present of all three points.

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