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Wealdstone bid to maintain unbeaten run by getting the better of high-flying Romans

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 November 2018

Action from Wealdstone's match at Welling (pic Dan Finill/dfinill photography)

Action from Wealdstone's match at Welling (pic Dan Finill/dfinill photography)

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Stones drew 1-1 at Welling United last Saturday

Wealdstone go in search of a third straight game unbeaten in the Vanarama National League South on Saturday when they play host to Bath City.

Stones drew 1-1 at Welling United in the league last Saturday, with the goal coming from Connor Stevens.

Bobby Wilkinson’s men followed that up on Tuesday night with a 5-3 success at home to Bostik South Central outfit Uxbridge in the Middlesex Senior Cup second round.

Both those success are likely to have buoyed the Grosvenor Vale club, who head into the weekend in the play-off places in the league.

With some of their rivals near the top of the table in FA Cup action this Saturday, Wealdstone have a chance to move up the standings with a win.

Any success would also see Stones clamber above Bath, with only goal difference keeping the Romans higher in the table ahead of Saturday’s game.

Wilkinson’s men should be in good shape for their next league match, having used the cup game against Uxbridge in midweek as a chance to rotate his side.

But assistant manager Mike Percival feels the cup success shows what a bright future lays ahead for the Grosvenor Vale outfit.

“We played three players against Uxbridge aged 16 and 17, but we are encouraging them to play,” Percival told the club website.

“Luke Messingham was outstanding against a giant and Femi Azeez was the same, even at left-back where he made some vital interceptions.

“It’s brilliant for the club and I believe they will have a future in the game. We would have loved to have played Glenn Wilson to give the youngsters more guidance, but Joe Payne strolled through the game and was unbelievable at Welling.

“We now have to turn our attentions to Saturday and let’s see what we can do.”

Wealdstone will hope they can impress against Bath, like they have done in most of their games against teams near the top so far this term.

The Romans will be itching to get back to winning ways on Saturday having lost at Hemel Hempstead Town on their previous league outing.

And it will be down to Wilkinson to plot a way to stop that from happening.

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