Wealdstone want to move on from FA Cup heartbreak as Torquay visit in the league
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 October 2018
Stones beaten by a stoppage-time goal from Sutton United in cup last weekend
Wealdstone will look to put last weekend’s FA Cup heartbreak behind them when they host Torquay United in the Vanarama National League South.
In the fourth qualifying round of the cup last weekend, Stones suffered an agonising 2-1 defeat at home to Sutton United of the Vanarama National League.
After a goalless first half, Bobby Wilkinson’s men took the lead in the 48th minute when Bradley Bubb scored from the spot.
The Grosvenor Vale outfit’s lead lasted for just 15 minutes, though, as the U’s equalised with a penalty of their own from Jamie Collins.
With the match seemingly heading for a replay in midweek, Wealdstone were awarded another penalty in the 89th minute.
Bubb took on the responsibility again after scoring his earlier spot kick, but was unable to find the target for a second time.
And in the cruellest of blows, Aaron Drinan netted what proved to be the winner for Sutton in stoppage time to send Stones crashing out of the cup.
It was a devastating way for Wilkinson’s men to exit this season’s FA Cup, something which assistant Mike Percival acknowledged when speaking to journalists after the loss.
“We played against a very good side. It’s about game management. Of course, we missed the penalty, but the most important thing was not to lose,” said Percival.
“We are very proud of the players. This group that we are building here is a group that can do something this year.”
Wealdstone will look to move on quickly from that loss as they prepare for their return to league action this weekend.
At Grosvenor Vale on Saturday, Stones will welcome a Torquay side who were Sky Bet League Two as recently as the 2013-14 season.
Since then, the Gulls have fallen away and were last term relegated to the National League South after finishing 22nd.
Life in the sixth tier has not been overly kind to the Devon club, who have already replaced Gary Owers with Gary Johnson as their manager and are currently ninth.
But having gone unbeaten in their last six in all competitions, Torquay willprovide a stern test.