SUTTON’S UP NEXT AS STONES’ CUP DREAM CONTINUES
STONES ONE GAME FROM BEING IN THE HAT FOR FA CUP FIRST ROUND
WEALDSTONE saw off Hungerford Town 2-1 on their travels to set up a fourth qualifying round clash at home to National League side Sutton United in the FA Cup.
Second-half goals from a fit-again Bradley Bubb and Fumnaya Shomotun were enough to see off the Crusaders in front of a surprisingly low attendance of 306 for this stage of the competition.
Stones started the tie against manager Bobby Wilkinson’s former club in good form and were stringing passes together, but soon real- ised that they were to face a packed defence and would be closed down rapidly at every opportunity.
The away side soon created several good chances and Bradley Hudson-Odoi went close early on, after a move started by Freddie Grant’s fantastic crash tackle in midfield.
Hudson-Odoi again went close on 18 minutes after good work from Wadah Ahmidi and, two minutes later, Town finally had a half chance on goal but the ball flashed well over from Danilo Orsi-Dadomo’s header. After Stones almost got caught on a rare break-out, Shomotun had a great run through the defence and struck the bar.
Odoi went off with a head injury before the break, which was a blow to the visitors, and he reluctantly went off, even though it was the correct decision to replace him.
Finally, the breakthrough for Stones came on 66 minutes when Shomotun’s skill on the right allowed Bubb to hook home past Michael Luyambula.
Monakana’s strength and pace saw him smash a strike off the woodwork as Wealdstone looked to kill the game off with the clock ticking down. And the decisive goal came with 10 minutes to go when, following a Danny Green corner, Shomotun showed his skills and lashed the ball home.
A smart finish from Hungerford’s Orsi-Dadomo brought some tension to the tie late on, but Stones ran down the clock to make it through to the next stage and ensure Wilkinson’s return to his old club was a happy one.
Fumnaya Shomotun celebrating his goal