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A view from the non league paper(non league daily)

PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:16 am
by russpa
STONES SET FOR MOST IMPORTANT CUP GAME FOR 20 YEARS
23/10/2009

Ryman League Premier Division club Wealdstone have been urged to seize the moment when they face Molten Spartan South Midlands League minnows Aylesbury in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round on Saturday.

Billed by many fans as the club's most important cup clash for two decades, Wealdstone know a win at Haywood Way could see them meet Football League opposition in the First Round proper, not to mention the £12,500 prize pot.

Aylesbury are the lowest ranked team left in the competition and lost their unbeaten league record with a 1-0 home reversal to St Margaretsbury last Saturday. But they bounced back emphatically on Tuesday night with a 3-0 Challenge Cup demolition of Ampthill Town.

Stones, meanwhile, churned out a point with a gritty display in Tuesday's goalless draw at AFC Hornchurch.

"Saturday is only an important match if we win otherwise it will be the biggest disappointment we've had in twenty years," said Stones` boss Gordon Bartlett (pictured).

"We've no divine right to go and win it and Aylesbury know they have a wonderful opportunity as well.

"They are a very good side and most of their players were playing at a higher level last year. They've got a fantastic spirit over there.

"I hope my players go into it with the right attitude and show how hungry they are to reach the first round proper.

"Their mindset has to be right, even more so than usual. This is a one-off - we won't get a second chance unless it ends up in a draw.

"We've got to be confident with the run we've been on and if we're in the draw come Sunday lunchtime I know we'll have either made progress or got them back at our place for a replay."

Wealdstone operate on one of the lowest budgets in the Ryman Premier, so progressing through and landing a plum draw against a professional club would boost the club's coffers and their play-off dreams this season.

"It's been a week-to-week survival process for us for quite a while now," added Bartlett.

"We all know how important this game could be for the future of the club from everything from the financial benefits to the prestige that comes with it.

"The players can put themselves in the limelight and a positive result could open up so many opportunities for us.

"But one team will be disappointed on the day - it better not be us."

Striker Greg Ngoyi could return on Saturday after missing Tuesday's draw because of a hamstring strain he suffered against Margate. Defenders Ken During (knee) and Darren Locke (calf strain) are doubts.

Stones will have to be on their guard against Moles` hitman Craig Henney.

He has already scored twenty-one goals in all competitions so far this season, including a hat trick in their 4-3 Third Qualifying Round win over Chesham United.

Re: A view from the non league paper(non league daily)

PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:44 am
by cardew the cad
It's the Harry O article reprinted.
Hope you get paid for that Tim.

Re: A view from the non league paper(non league daily)

PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:13 pm
by TheMovieLife
21 goals already? Not a bad season for him then!

Re: A view from the non league paper(non league daily)

PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:26 pm
by Essex Stones
Yeah but he will be in Masseys pocket tomorrow

will still 21 this time tomorrow :D