National League South: Wealdstone want to hit back at Hemel Hempstead Town

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 April 2018

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Stones continue busy end to season at Tudors

Wealdstone will look for a return to winning ways on Thursday when they visit Hemel Hempstead Town in the National League South.

Stones have already been beaten twice on the road this week, losing at Poole Town on Saturday, before suffering defeat at Chelmsford City on Monday.

Against Poole, a Ryan Sellers goal proved in vein as Bobby Wilkinson’s men lost 2-1 to the Dolphins.

Worse was to come on Monday, with the Grosvenor Vale outfit slipping to a 3-0 defeat at the Clarets.

Wilkinson pulled no punches with his assessment of Wealdstone’s display in the defeat at Chelmsford, believing his team lacked the desire to triumph.

“One team was on the beach, the other was fighting for something. The result doesn’t lie,” he told the club website.

“They outmuscled us and were stronger in the first half. We came out second half and huffed and puffed, but it wasn’t good enough. You have to wear the badge with a bit of pride.”

Wealdstone have the chance to restore some pride on Thursday, with Stones making the trip to rivals Hemel Hempstead Town.

Encounters between the sides have been fiery in recent seasons, and it could be another full-blooded game on Thursday.

A return to winning ways for Wilkinson’s men would also see them claim bragging rights over the Tudors.

And the Wealdstone boss is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead in the derby at Vauxhall Road.

“I’m pleased it’s a derby. It’s a one-off game and it wouldn’t matter if we were bottom and they were top or the other way,” he added.

“These are our rivals and I want to beat these. I want to win every tackle and every header, but play some football as well and show some guts and determination.”

“It couldn’t come at a better time. Yes, our legs are heavy, but we’ll go back to the drawing board and get the boys ready to fight.”

After the derby date at Hemel on Thursday, Wealdstone return home to host Chippenham Town i on Saturday and East Thurrock United on Monday, both in the league.

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