Wealdstone return to league action at East Thurrock on back of home win in FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 September 2018

Action from Wealdstone's FA Cup win over Great Wakering Rovers (pic: Geoff Smith/Top-Pic Photography)

Action from Wealdstone's FA Cup win over Great Wakering Rovers (pic: Geoff Smith/Top-Pic Photography)

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Stones beat Great Wakering Rovers in FA Cup second qualifying round last weekend

Wealdstone visit East Thurrock United when they return to Vanarama National League South action this Saturday.

Stones are back in league action after progressing past Great Wakering Rovers of the Bostik North in the FA Cup second qualifying round on Saturday.

Goals in the second half from Fumnaya Shomotun and Conor Stevens secured safe passage through to the next round for Bobby Wilkinson’s men, as well as £9,000 in prize money.

Against a side ranked 49 places below them, the Grosvenor Vale outfit will have been pleased to avoid a possible slip-up.

And Wealdstone assistant manager Mike Percival was pleased with the professional display the team gave in beating Rovers.

“We spoke to a few teams who had played Great Wakering this year, so we knew what they would bring,” Percival told the club website.

“They came to slow the game down and try to take us back to their place for a replay, or try to nick a goal late on.

“We spoke about that at half-time and said again about what he had spoken about in the week: that our class would shine through.

“It was a brilliant goal from Fumnaya to get the first and as soon as it went in, you could tell their heads had dropped and their plan had gone out of the window.

“It was a lot more comfortable for us then and we were able to go on and get the second.”

Stones’ reward is a trip to Hungerford Town or Wantage Town in the third qualifying round on October 6. Those two sides are set to meet in a replay on Tuesday.

Winners of ties in the third qualifying round stand to take home a very nice £15,000 in prize money, as well as being a step closing to being in the draw for the first round proper.

Before that, however, Wealdstone must deal with a trip to East Thurrock in the league this weekend.

The Rooks have been in poor form this term with just two wins from their first 10 league fixtures.

John Coventry’s side were also knocked out of the FA Cup by Whitehawk of the Bostik Premier in their latest match last weekend.

Wilkinson’s men will fancy their chances at Rookery Hill on Saturday as they look to keep pace with the division’s early leaders.

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