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Wilkinson hopes Wealdstone enjoy a successful return to league after trophy progress

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 November 2018

Wealdstone players celebrate (pic Geoff Smith/top-pic photography)

Wealdstone players celebrate (pic Geoff Smith/top-pic photography)

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Stones beat Concord Rangers 3-2 in the FA Trophy last Saturday

Bobby Wilkinson has called on his Wealdstone players to get the result they need at home to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday to keep them in the top seven of the Vanarama National League.

Stones will start the weekend’s match in seventh place in the standings, though the top of the table is looking fairly congested as the season ticks towards Christmas.

Only a win against Eastbourne this Saturday is guaranteed to keep the Grosvenor Vale outfit in the top seven.

And Wealdstone boss Wilkinson is demanding his team do exactly that to keep themselves well placed in their challenge to make the play-offs.

He told the club website: “The result against Eastbourne might take us back into the top five or it could keep us where we are. I don’t care if we’re not in there now, but as long as we’re around the play-off places is all that matters.”

Wealdstone face Eastbourne having made it through to the first round proper of this season’s FA Trophy courtesy of a 3-2 win at divisional rivals Concord Rangers last weekend.

Goals from Bradley Hudson-Odoi, Fumnaya Shomotun and Danny Green eased Stones into a 3-0 lead in Essex, before the Beachboys hit back.

Thankfully, Wilkinson’s men were able to hold on to their lead to pick up £6,000 in prize money.

And the boss of the Grosvenor Vale outfit was pleased some tactical tweaks paid dividends.

“What we worked on in training was keeping the ball,” added Wilkinson. “The reason was because you can’t always go route one or go direct, which we do at times, so what we did was go to the opposite end.

“Their manager (Sammy Moore) might have thought we were going to go a little more direct like we have in the last few games away from home.

“On Saturday, we wanted to set up to keep the ball and it worked.

“People need to go back and look at our third goal because it will be one of the goals of the season. Some of the football was unbelievable, as was the finish.”

Wealdstone were handed a trip to Biggleswade Town in Monday’s draw for the first round, with ties to take place over the weekend of December 15.

Before all that, though, Stones must first focus on their upcoming league match at home to Eastbourne this Saturday.

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