Wealdstone boss Wilkinson proud of his men despite FA Trophy exit

PUBLISHED: 09:31 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:31 26 March 2018

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

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

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Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson has mixed emotions after his side missed out on a trip to Wembley as they crashed out of the FA Trophy in the semi-final against Brackley Town.

The Stones suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Saints at Grovesnor Vale after losing the first leg 1-0 at St James Park.

Two second-half goals from Shane Byrne and Aaron Williams sealed the progress of Brackley where they will meet Bromley in the final.

“The best team in the end and they deserved the win, they managed the game a lot better than us, we gave away too many free-kicks and I said at half-time we’d end up getting punished.

“I’m just very proud of my boys and how far we’ve come to make the last four in my first year of the trophy so I’m just a very proud manager.

“I’m very disappointed but proud.”

Wilkinson admits he’s gutted about the result but they must accept they lost to the better side.

“Of course you’re going to be gutted aren’t you, everyone knows I wear my heart on my sleeve, I’m a very passionate just like my players.”

“We wanted Wembley so badly, it’s been taken away from us by a very good side, who deserved to make it to Wembley.

“They were very organised, I thought before the draw was even made you didn’t want Brackley.

“When you win you’re happy, when you lose you’re unhappy, but they deserved to be through to the final as they were the better side over two legs.

The boss revealed some of his players weren’t at the races but it was not down to a lack of effort.

“I think the game passed a few players by and some of these players are better than they showed at times.

“I just feel for them and I’m going to say it’s a credit for where we got but everyone wanted it and they were on the floor after in bits, we’re all in bits to be honest.

“I think we had a go in the last half hour, I had to throw the kitchen sink at it and I did.”

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