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National League South: Wealdstone take week off league action

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 November 2017

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic freddiepatmore.com)

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (pic freddiepatmore.com)

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Stones now without league fixture until November 11

Wealdstone can enjoy a rare Saturday off action this weekend, with no competitive game schedule for the National League South outfit.

After beating Welling United 2-1 last weekend, the Stones are now without a competitive match until they host manager Bobby Wilkinson’s former club Hungerford Town on November 11.

Though there is a Middlesex Senior Cup tie at home to Hayes & Yeading United next Tuesday, Wilkinson will have had two weeks to prepare his current charges for the clash with the Crusaders.

And despite being a little while off, the clash with his old side at Grosvenor Vale is one that already has Wilkinson excited.

“The game against Hungerford, I’ll prepare harder for that than I’ve ever prepared before,” he told the club website.

“I haven’t been there for two months, but they’re a fantastic club with fantastic players.

“Jon Boardman is a fantastic manager and, along with Ian Herring, is doing a great job there.

“Hopefully we can get a result that day, but I know how tough it’ll be because they’re going to raise their game against me and my management team.

“There’s been a few things said behind closed doors, but that’s football. You’re a hero one week, a villain the next. I’ve been surprised by it, but I’ll keep professional.”

Wealdstone will head into their mini-break happy after securing a first away win of the season at Welling last Saturday.

Ryan Sellers fired Stones into a first-half lead at Park View Road, while Danny Green’s doubled the visitors’ advantage in the 48th minute from the penalty spot.

Though the Wings pulled one back around the hour mark, the Grosvenor Vale club held on to win, with Wilkinson expressing his pleasure with the display after the game.

“I’m proud of the boys. It’s all about the boys and my management team,” he added.

“When you go away from home, sometimes you have to win ugly, but we played some great football at Welling. The key for me was the way the boys kept their shape.”

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