WILKINSON TAKES BLAME AS STONES CRASH OUT
MANAGER RINGS THE CHANGES FOR HAWKS VICTORY
ABOBAKER EISA’s dramatic late winner gave Wealdstone a textbook smash-and-grab win over lowly Whitehawk at Grosvenor Vale on Saturday, in front of a boisterous Non-League Day crowd of 953.
The Stones had to come from behind after Kyjuon MarshBrown opened the scoring for the Hawks in the first half,
writes Chris Woods.
Wealdstone equalised through a Danny Green penalty and won it in the 88th minute when sub Eisa shot past Simon Jorgensen. Stones manager Bobby Wilkin- son had wielded the axe after his side’s shock 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Burgess Hill Town a week earlier, making seven changes. Centrehalf Glenn Wilson made his debut as a makeshift right-back with Sam Cox on international duty with Guyana. Fellow new signing Harry Goodger made the bench.
A revitalised Whitehawk, sat bottom but with a new manager and new-look team, could have gone ahead twice before MarshBrown’s opener, with Jonathan North denying Pape Gueye and Enoch Andoh from close range.
Marsh-Brown then gave the Hawks a deserved lead when he beat Wilson and sent a curling, low effort past North on 28 minutes.
The forced first half introduction of Eisa brought more energy to the Stones attack and he had a chance just before half time when he almost lobbed the 6ft 10in Jorgensen in goal.
The Stones pressed harder after the turnaround and the equaliser arrived when Rose brought down Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick and referee Aji Ajibola awarded a penalty. Green sent Jorgensen the wrong way from the spot.
Hawks debutant Kodi LyonsFoster drew a save from North when his header was tipped wide before a Jorgensen goal-kick was headed to Eisa by Jerome Okimo, for the forward to beat his man and round the keeper.
The bumper home crowd were holding their breath deep in added time when Whitehawk substitute Dominic Vose drew a last-gasp save out of the excellent North.
The Stones visit Chippenham Town on Saturday.
New signing Glenn Wilson, pictured in his Aldershot Town days, made his debut for Wealdstone on Saturday