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True Blue: FA Trophy collapse symptomatic of Wealdstone’s stagnating season

PUBLISHED: 16:52 04 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:01 04 November 2013

Wealdstone were held to a 2-2 draw by Maidstone at the weekend

Wealdstone were held to a 2-2 draw by Maidstone at the weekend

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I am writing this blog before Wealdstone play Maidstone away in a replay of Saturday’s FA Trophy second qualifying round match, a game that ended 2-2 – to the dismay of Wealdstone fans.

A season that has held so much hope seems to be stagnating as the cold and wet winter evenings draw in.

A convincing second half was enough to beat Cray in the League last week, but as we all know cup competitions are a different kettle of fish.

This Saturday seemed to sum up the season so far: the Stones taking a lead in a match, only to give it up in the last few minutes.

Previous Wealdstone might have held onto the lead and won 2-1, but the defence this season seems to let in goals.

In recent weeks Gordon Bartlett has been adding to the playing side, with very few players going in the opposite direction.

This is good in that we have a team that has strength in depth, but also means some players are not getting the time to get to know their team-mates.

Only time will tell if this gamble will pay off and if the experience which has been brought in from the higher leagues will ultimately get Wealdstone out of this division. The fans certainly want out of this league to progress the club, not only on the field but off it, which is vital for Wealdstone’s future.

As I have said before, if we can have three strikers all firing, along with the likes of Tom Pett and Glen Little scoring goals from midfield there is a good chance that this club will be up near the top come April 2014.

As the winter closes in and with quite a lot of evening games up ahead, the club and especially the defence must stay solid if they want to be at the top of the league and progressing in the cup competitions.

Now is the time for the club and the players to kick on until the weather improves and the clocks go forward. With some tough games coming up in the next few weeks against Maidstone again along with a trip to Dulwich hamlet and a short trip to play Hendon, points and wins are vital.

The form of players such as Pett, who for me is instrumental in everything the Stones do right on the pitch, is vital to good form.

It still surprises me sometimes that a club from higher up the Non-League pyramid has not snapped him up, for the way he terrorises and destroys defences.

The rumours have been going around recently that two league clubs are interested in him, but lets hope Pett is with us come the end of the season.

Full steam ahead for the Stones tomorrow night, though, as they play Maidstone and hope to progress in the FA Trophy, a competition the club has a rich history in. Wealdstone will be hoping they can progress and draw a team from a higher league in the next round.


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