NAILBITER KEEPS UNBEATEN RUN FOR STONES
LATE DRAWS ENSURE WILKINSON HAS UNBEATEN START
BOBBY WILKINSON’s reign as Wealdstone FC manager started in nailbiting style with late, point-saving goals at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday and at home to Hemel Hempstead Town on Monday.
Daniel Fitchett struck two minutes from time to rescue a 1-1 draw for Wilkinson’s side on Bank Holiday Monday after Eddie Oshodi’s 84th-minute header had secured the same result on Saturday.
A bumper crowd of 966 turned out to greet the new manager on Monday.
The task facing Wilkinson, who achieved two promotions with previous club Hungerford Town, has become clear with his new side’s position in the fledgling National South table.
Although unbeaten in the new manager’s two games in charge, Wealdstone sit two places off the bottom of the table, in the third relegation berth, after a win and three draws from their opening seven league games, five of which were played under Gordon Bartlett.
“This is going to be about togetherness, passion and the future – all things I know the Stones fans are about,” said Wilkinson upon his appointment to the Grosvenor Vale hotseat last week. “I have had a fantastic time at Hungerford but we are coming to Wealdstone to give it our all and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and to put a smile on faces.
“I know it will take time but we need to make improvements, especially with our home form. We need to see fire and drive and we will work very hard with the lads to do this.”
Wealdstone chairman Peter Marsden said of the appointment: “Once we identified a need for a new manager for Wealdstone FC, the identikit person would be someone young, ambitious and with a track record of success.
“We did not want a manager coming to the end of his career or a ‘name’ that knows nothing about non-league football.
“Throw in to the mix an understanding of what is needed to be challenging for promotion in this highly physical league – that man is Bobby Wilkinson.
“Bobby has in the past been courted by a number of other clubs in our league and I am delighted he has pinpointed Wealdstone as a club that has the ambitions to match his own.”
The Stones visit East Thurrock United on Saturday (ko 3pm) and Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday (ko 7.45pm) as Wilkinson goes in search of his first win.