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Wilkinson wants improved display from Wealdstone at Concord

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 November 2018

Action from Wealdstone's clash with Chippenham Town (pic DFinill PPhotography)

Action from Wealdstone's clash with Chippenham Town (pic DFinill PPhotography)

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Stones lost at Chippenham Town in the Vanarama National League South on Saturday

Bobby Wilkinson hopes his Wealdstone side produce an improved performance when they visit Concord Rangers in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Stones head for their Vanarama National League South rivals for the tie in the third qualifying round.

As well as a spot in the first round proper, victory for the Grosvenor Vale this weekend would see them pocket £5,000 in prize money.

Wealdstone boss Wilkinson will want to see a better display from his side at the Aspect Arena having lost 3-1 at Chippenham Town in the league last Saturday.

Stones fell behind in the 12th minute when Kieran Parselle opened the scoring for Town

Josh Smile then scored from the spot for the Bluebirds in the 82nd minute to give the Grosvenor Vale club plenty of work to do.

Elliott Charles netted four minutes later to seemingly hand Wilkinson’s men a much-needed lifeline.

However, a Karnell Chambers goal in stoppage time sealed the league victory for Chippenham.

It was a disappointing afternoon for Wealdstone, and boss Wilkinson was frustrated by his team’s display at Hardenhuish Park.

Wilkinson told the club website: “It was a very frustrating game and we deserved to lose.

“We have to stand up and be counted, but it was a bad day at the office and we move on.

“I’m not happy with the manner of the defeat, but the boys have been brilliant all season. We didn’t turn up from the start.

“We will not dwell on this because we have some big games coming up.”

The first of those important matches is against Concord this Saturday as Wealdstone bid to embark on another long run in the FA Trophy.

Last season saw Stones make it all the way to the semi-finals of the competition, before losing to eventual winners Brackley Town.

The cup run also saw a famous 5-2 success at Billericay Town in the quarter-finals, with Bradley Bubb scoring a hat-trick on his debut.

Wilkinson will hope for more days like that in the FA Trophy this season.

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