Stones de­nied in cup fi­nal warm-up as big kick-off looms at the week­end

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

WEALDSTONE warmed up for Satur­day’s big kick-off with a 1-0 loss at Hampton & Rich­mond Bor­ough in the Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup fi­nal.

The only goal of the game came from two of Hampton’s summer re­cruits, with Tau­rean Roberts cross­ing for Max Kret­zschmar to glance a header over Jonathan North just be­fore half time.

The Stones were with­out sev­eral play­ers in­clud­ing two cup-tied new re­cruits.

De­spite the game being moved to pre-sea­son, fol­low­ing last sea­son’s con­tro­ver­sial player in­el­i­gi­bil­ity is­sues at Hampton, the match was any­thing but friendly with the hosts’ Char­lie Wass­mer sent off for an off-the­ball in­ci­dent in the 70th minute.

From the half hour mark Hampton took con­trol. Bren­dan Kier­nan made a mazy run into the box, beat­ing Josh Hill be­fore swerv­ing a shot goal­ward, but Jonathan North stopped it well.

Kret­zschmar, who won the Sur­rey Se­nior Cup with Wok­ing two months ago, al­most opened the scor­ing with a dou­ble ef­fort, hav­ing a shot smartly par­ried by North be­fore he smashed the re­bound into the side-net­ting.

On 43 min­utes Roberts robbed Ciaron Brown as he tried to shield the ball out of play and crossed for Kret­zschmar who ar­rowed a per­fectly placed header over North. The Stones’ best chance came just after the in­ter­val. From a cor­ner, Ed­die Oshodi saw his header de­flect into the path of Dan Fitch­ett but he fired over.

Hampton should have put the game to bed on the hour; an in­ci­sive counter saw them four on one and Kier­nan squared to Ryan Moss but he was de­nied bril­liantly by North.

The Stones kick off their Na­tional League South sea­son at home to Con­cord Rangers on Satur­day (ko 3pm) and visit St Al­bans on Tues­day (ko 7.45pm).

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