National League South: Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson full of praise for John Coventry ahead of East Thurrock United trip

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 September 2017

Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson (centre) and his management team (pic:

Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson (centre) and his management team (pic:


Stones hit the road to face Rocks this Saturday as Wilkinson searches for first win as manager

New Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson faces another tough assignment on Saturday when they visit East Thurrock United, the only unbeaten side in the National League South.

After seven games of the new season, the Rocks are third in the table after winning five matches and drawing twice.

In contrast, Stones have won just the once this term, with new boss Wilkinson still looking for his first win since taking charge last week.

In the opposite dugout to Wilkinson this weekend will be John Coventry, and the Wealdstone manager was full of praise for the job the East Thurrock boss is doing this term.

“East Thurrock are flying and fair play to John. He’s a wonderful manager for them,” Wilkinson told the club website.

“The way we have to look at it is to set up, go there and see if we can a point or all three.

“We’ll be going for three points, but we can’t transform overnight. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’ll be going there for the win and we have a few more days to prepare than we had over the Bank Holiday weekend.”

Wilkinson only took charge of Wealdstone on August 22, but has already had two games as manager of the Grosvenor Vale club.

Eddie Oshodi netted in a 1-1 draw for Stones at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday, while on Monday Dan Fitchett scored in a 1-1 draw at home to Hemel Hempstead Town.

And while he has not had much time to work with his new charges, Wilkinson is pleased with what he has seen so far.

“The lads are fantastic and good players,” he added. “We have to get that winning mentality in their heads and the minute we get that, we’ll be there or thereabouts.

“I’ve got nothing but praise for the boys, they just need to believe a little bit more.”

Against both Eastbourne and Hemel Hempstead, Wealdstone had to battle back from a goal down to earn a point.

And while Wilkinson would like to see his team avoid going behind, he says it is a positive that Stones have battled back on both occasions.

“The way I look at it, if you can come from behind, that’s showing a bit of character straight away,” he said.

Hopefully for both Wilkinson and Wealdstone, they can get that elusive win this weekend and kick start their term.

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