SUT­TON’S UP NEXT AS STONES’ CUP DREAM CON­TIN­UES

STONES ONE GAME FROM BE­ING IN THE HAT FOR FA CUP FIRST ROUND

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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.

PHOTO: GE­OFF SMITH

Fum­naya Sho­mo­tun cel­e­brat­ing his goal

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