STONES SQUEEZE THROUGH IN TOUGH TRO­PHY TIE–

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

DANNY Green ad­mit­ted it was “job done” as Weald­stone made it through to the sec­ond round of the FA Tro­phy.

Ex-Stone Sean Cronin grabbed the only goal of the game, putting through his own net as Isth­mian League Premier Divi­sion side Win­gate & Finch­ley put up a hell of a fight.

The tie was a re­peat of last year’s first round, with Cronin sent off against Weald­stone in a 2-2 draw at the Vale. The Stones needed an ex­tra-time re­play win to go through last year and this year’s game was just as even, with both sides mostly re­stricted to shots from range. Green, cap­tain for the day, said: “It’s a case of job done, ex­actly that. We played them last year, they took us to their place, we wanted to avoid that this time, so it’s job done.

“It’ a priv­i­lege to lead the boys out, al­ways a plea­sure to be cho­sen.”

Although Weald­stone al­most took the lead in­side ten sec­onds af­ter Abo Eisa’s pen­e­tra­tive run played in Sell­ers, he rounded Shane Gore but his fi­nal touch was too heavy and went out of play.

Jonathan North was the busiest of the two keep­ers in the first half, deny­ing Reece Beck­les-Richards and Luke Ifil with two smart stops.

Sell­ers al­most grabbed a goal against his for­mer side when his 35-yard strike ric­o­cheted off of Ah­met Ri­fat, but luck­ily for Win­gate, Gore was alert to tip over.

On 50 min­utes the Stones lead, Eisa beat two de­fend­ers on the left be­fore cut­ting in­side and smash­ing a low cross off of Cronin and into his own net.

Nei­ther side had any more killer chances un­til in­jury time. A ball was played into the box to Cronin be­fore he ex­pertly layed off for Marc Charles-Smith but he shot wide when it was prob­a­bly eas­ier to hit the tar­get and send the tie into a re­play.

Green al­most put the tie to bed af­ter­ward but Gore re­acted well to tip wide.

And he wants to add more goals to his game.

He added: “He’s [man­ager Bobby Wilkin­son] been good for me, he’s played me when it’s right to do so, he’s been a breath of fresh air, the in­ten­sity has gone up, stan­dards have gone up, he’s very hugnry and am­bi­tious.

“I’ve al­ways got a goal in my locker and I hope to get a few more goals this sea­son.”

Weald­stone will play at home to Here­ford in the sec­ond round.

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