True Blue: A Wealdstone fan’s verdict on the season so far
PUBLISHED: 11:17 07 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:29 07 October 2013
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Wealdstone blogger Craig Whitehead takes a look at how the Stones’ campaign is shaping up
After 13 games in all competitions, promotion candidates Wealdstone finally lost at the weekend – and it was a strange feeling.
Elliot Godfrey said last week that it will show what this team are made of when we lose a game or two. With and important match coming up against AFC Hornchurch in the FA cup on Saturday this is a tough test for this new squad.
Wealdstone will be in for a difficult game against Hornchurch, who are six points ahead at the top of the table, and Gordon Bartlett’s side will have to be on their game to make sure that lead doesn’t extend in the next few weeks. Bartlett won’t be drawn on title talk, not a bad comment when only a quarter of the season has been played With new signings in recent months, such as Glen Little, Johnny Wright and Tom Hamblin, strength and depth has been added to a squad which at important times last season didn’t seem to have the legs to take the club that extra mile.
With players and rotation possible it seems that if Wealdstone do get an injury or two the players are there to fill the gaps. Having such a great player in form such as Chris Moore is always helpful when going forwards, but could be helped in the next few weeks with Johnny Wright getting some more game time.
If the team can defeat Hornchurch next weekend, Wealdstone are one step closer to the FA first round cup and the lure of either a conference team or possibly a football league team.
One team Wealdstone would look to avoid if this happened are the newly-promoted Newport country a team that Wealdstone have played regularly in recent years in cup competitions.
A good cup run in either the FA trophy or the FA cup would not only increase the experience for this new side but also to help them develop and take the club forward. The club are progressing off the field and this season needs to be a successful one to continue the development. With another new stand being built and a new electronic scoreboard the ground is improving and hopefully the side can do as well.
With the dark nights and bad weather soon to be upon us, its hopeful that the evenings can be turned into points and Wealdstone reaching the summit of the table and be there come may. Wealdstone need to get back to winning ways in the next games in two vital games in cup competitions which could go a long way to deciding what this team can achieve together, but only time will tell.
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