Wealdstone defeat Cardiff U23s in final friendly
PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 August 2018
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Pre-season friendly: Wealdstone 3 Cardiff City under-23s 0
Goals from Wadah Ahmidi, Reece Harris and Bradley Bubb saw Wealdstone close out pre-season with a well deserved win after they overcame a Cardiff City under-23 side at Grosvenor Vale.
Premier League new boys Cardiff sent a competitive side that included Omar Bogle and Stuart O’Keefe, as well as defender Ciaron Brown who signed for the Bluebirds in January from Wealdstone.
Stones boss Bobby Wilkinson had a near full-strength side to choose from with only Jonathan North, Luke Williams and Stefan Brown missing out, while trialists Harris and Guri Demuria were included on the bench.
Cardiff were quick out the blocks and pulled a good save from Callum Thomas on his first Grosvenor Vale start when he tipped Jacob Evans’ effort over the bar after two minutes.
Bubb then pulled a good stop from Matt Hall when he headed Rhys Tyler’s cross back across the face of goal with the keeper recovering to claw it back and hold.
The Stones took the lead on 28 minutes and it was a fine strike from Ahmidi, who swerved a superb 25-yard effort away from the keeper and into the bottom corner.
Nine changes were made by the hosts at half time and two combined for Wealdstone’s next effort. Glenn Wilson headed Danny Green’s corner goalward only to see it cleared off the line by Evans.
The Stones doubled their lead on 62 minutes when David Pratt shrugged off his man to latch onto a long ball before squaring it back across the box to the trialist Harris who expertly dispatched a low finish past Hall.
Cardiff offered little goal threat in the second half but had a good chance to halve the deficit when Evans’ well-struck free kick came off the crossbar on 82 minutes.
A minute later the Stones went three ahead after Harris picked out Bubb with an excellent lobbed through pass and the striker struck hard and low past sub keeper Warren Burwood to seal the game and complete Wealdstone’s pre-season with a win.
Stones kick off their National League action on Saturday when they host Weston-super-Mare at The Vale at 3pm.