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Stones 3-3 Staines (lost on pens)

Postby West End Stone » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:25 pm

That was poor. Are we getting value from the highest budget in the League? What is our policy on recruiting players? Why sign wasters from Bristol Rovers Academy. Is that the best you can do Bobby?

More ability in the cat litter.
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Re: Stones 3-3 Staines (lost on pens)

Postby BKK » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:55 pm

West End Stone wrote:That was poor. Are we getting value from the highest budget in the League? What is our policy on recruiting players? Why sign wasters from Bristol Rovers Academy. Is that the best you can do Bobby?

More ability in the cat litter.


This post is beyond insulting and beggars belief. Disgusting
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Re: Stones 3-3 Staines (lost on pens)

Postby timfparks » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:08 pm

Over the top WES. I saw a lot of promise from both wingers in the early stages and they both looked dangerous. But yes, it's end product we need and, tellingly, that only happened when Matt Whichelow came on and stood that cross up from which Dave Pratt was fouled for the penalty.
First half we took the lead with a calm finish from the totally unmarked Fitch. Staines were struggling to contain us but suddenly they were 2-1 up with Ellliot Buchanan (the man we tried to sign a few times over the years) getting both. Defence switched off.
The Swans are doing well in the Bostick Prem and they dominated us for 30 minutes, making it 3-1 with a breakaway goal on the hour. Bobby changed to three up top with Tiryaki (to join Fitch and Pratt) and Whichelow coming on and we gradually worked our way back into the game, Green slotting away a penalty after Pratt was flattened in the box - and the striker had one turned down at 1-2 when the hopeless ref turned an ugly late challenge two yards inside the box into a foul on the very edge. Extraordinary.
At 2-3 down we threw everything at Staines and eventually (in injury time) another dangerous Green delivery saw Pratt glance his header past keeper Hudnot into the net in a very muddy goalmouth.
So to penalties, and the vast majority of the 200 crowd had to troop to the El Pirata end as the ref deemed the Bulla goalmouth too sticky. And it seemed the great turnaround was to go our way when Green, Tiryaki, Sellars and Pratt all hit immaculate penalties while Staines saw their 3rd kick parried by North. Up stepped Whichelow to win the game but Hudnot guessed right and saved with an outstretched fist.
Staines stroked home their final penalties comfortably - Sam Cox just found the top corner to keep us in the game until Dan Fitchett (who had been excellent in the game) looked a bag of nerves and his undercooked shot was too easy for Hudnot to stop.
Not a game that mattered, and we showed determination and character to come back in the dying seconds. But the tantalising carrot of Barnet in the final has been snatched away - and that would have been one to look forward to.
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Re: Stones 3-3 Staines (lost on pens)

Postby attic » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:13 pm

Disappointing to say the least. Thought there were some real fundamentally bad passages of play tonight. Ball retention, decision making, basic closing down being the worst elements. One or two players have sadly done themselves no favours tonight in a game that we should have really won had we done the basics more regularly. Credit of course for the way we fought back into the game from 3-1 down but you have to ask how the hell did we find ourselves 3-1 down in the first place?

A number of changes were made tonight and it clearly affected our performance a bit. We ended up with a stronger team of which clawed itself back into the game but sadly those who I thought would miss the penalties did just that.

For the record we opened the scoring early on when Fitchett fired home unmarked. Staines then took the lead after two extremely sloppy pieces of defending on our right flank. We conceded a third in the second half when we gave the ball away ever so cheaply from a good position. Fair play we battled back and scored with a penalty from Green and then a late header from Pratt of which deceived the keeper.

We lost 6-5 on penalties, our scorers being Green, Pratt, Teriyaki, Sellers and in sudden death Cox. Whichelow missed a change to win the game and then Fitchett missed in SD.

Some may say tonight didn't matter. I'd say it did. However, win on Saturday and of course it soon gets forgotten about.
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Re: Stones 3-3 Staines (lost on pens)

Postby DeanSwift » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:23 pm

Felt sorry for the Bristol Rovers lad on the wing.

Looked completely out of his depth before being subbed off on the hour.

Hopefully he will get a quick idea now of the workrate needed and the quality needed to progress. He has time on his side and we've seen a lot of players put in average debuts before flourishing.

Stones did show good character to fight back and deserved to make it 3-3 in the dying seconds.

Pratt my MOM as he never gave up the chase and grabbed a late goal. Thought Iffy Allen looked a real handful at times as well.

Staines a decent outfit but well versed in the dark arts of manipulation and time wasting.

On another note, I took my lad and his mate along and it was great to see Bobby Wilkinson sign their programme and have a good chat with them before kick-off. Nice touch from the manager and he has made two Wealdstone fans for life. They loved their first non-league game and were pestering me afterwards to go again soon.

Onwards and upwards.

PS : Hopefully the lad who threw the empty can of Diet Coke at the Staines keeper will not get Stones into any shit. He was death with and ejected quickly out of the ground and didn't put up a protest. Not the cleverest thing to do though, hopefully the referee doesn't put it in the match report.
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Re: Stones 3-3 Staines (lost on pens)

Postby BornundertheElmslie » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:44 pm

We were well on top and deserved to take the lead, I thought Staines were struggling with our movement and seemed way off the pace. However goals change games and Staines intensity levels went through the roof when they went 2-1 up and we were then chasing the game.

Thought Iffy Allen looked lively on a surface that was heavy and cutting up. A bit worrying how exposed we looked defensively however with Oshodi and Okimo out of the side (the latter in particular). With Billericay hitting 5 without reply tonight BW will have to work hard to get another defender in otherwise we could see Oshodi at right back, Okimo shift to centre half and Sellars at left back for the Trophy - too many changes for such an important game. With Eisa moved on, Sellars has an opportunity to play further up the pitch as he offers more going forward than defensively IMHO. With Okimo providing the protection he should have licence to bomb on and get crosses in.

Would much rather a poor performance tonight than against Dartford. We would only have faced Barnet’s u23 side anyway had both sides reached the final so would have been underwhelming. Pick up 6 points from Sat and Mon and push on.
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Re: Stones 3-3 Staines (lost on pens)

Postby Dave Reader » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:33 am

Would rather have lost this one then any of the next three. Two big positives on the night were that both Fitchett and Pratt scored from open play, hopefully a partnership beginning to build. Bring on Dartford....UTS
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Re: Stones 3-3 Staines (lost on pens)

Postby Kettering punchbag. » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:43 am

Poor result that doesn't help the recent change in mentality.
Agree with Attic that this game did matter and maybe newcomers to the club, including players, officials and football fanatics,should be schooled in the history of Wealdstone and the team who could've been their opponents in the final.

Alternatively,others could stop banging on about the past and what happened on that Easter Monday 30+ years ago,PEPF, their chairman,Harrow council etc.
Personally I believe it's a missed opportunity to bloody the noses of the cuckoos from North London and those who were and still remain in the shadows with regards to decisions made about our club at the time.
Beat Dartford and all forgotten? Not to all of us.
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Re: Stones 3-3 Staines (lost on pens)

Postby Royal Blue » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:05 am

Didn’t see this one but rather we tasted defeat here than in between 18-24 February incl. We can’t win every game of football and it was the chance for BW to try out a few things in a competitive game. However, 4-3 scorelines are rare so a big reminder for BW and the boys that defence is key. Missing (rested?) two vital components of said defence last night (Oshodi and Okimo) so there we are. That’s all it takes, margins are small and perhaps why Truro didn’t want to play, etc.

So now it’s down to the season defining business - Dartford (H), Gloucester (H) and Billericay (A). Would take 4 points and a replay at the Vale right now. But, if we play like our lives depended on it, still think we can win at 'Ricay.
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Re: Stones 3-3 Staines (lost on pens)

Postby attic » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:20 am

Kettering punchbag. wrote:Agree with Attic that this game did matter and maybe newcomers to the club, including players, officials and football fanatics,should be schooled in the history of Wealdstone and the team who could've been their opponents in the final.



Its not so much our potential opponents in the final that rattled my cage, more to do with our record in the competition during the past 30+ years.
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