EDDIE MISSES OUT ON CHIPPENHAM DRAW
WEALDSTONE slugged out a typically hard-fought National League South match at Chippenham Town on Saturday and came away with a point that keeps them 12th with other clubs in FA Cup action.
The main talking point was the sending-off of the Bluebirds’ Jamie Guthrie after only 24 minutes for an awful foul on Ryan Sellers, giving the Stones a man advantage for much of a clash of two sides with polar opposite home and away records.
However the Stones’ problems in front of goal continue to frustrate and are clearly a priority for manager Bobby Wilkinson.
The Stones boss was nevertheless pleased with a clean sheet and a broadly sound defensive performance despite missing the key athleticism of Eddie Oshodi – out of the side with a back injury.
Wilkinson said: “I am pleased overall – it was always going to be a tough one with their excellent home record and after their bad result last week. We looked more composed in the second half and had enough chances to win the game two or even 3-0, so it was frustrating in that sense.”
Asked about the return of injured players Oshodi, Matty Whichelow, Elliot Benyon and Alan O’Brien, Wilkinson said: “They all need extra treatment and most are 50/50 at best for Saturday, they will probably need more time.”
The Stones are at home on Saturday when they entertain high-flying Truro City, fresh from their FA Cup triumph at the weekend. No doubt another battle royal is in prospect.
Wealdstone defender Eddie Oshodi – pictured in his Rushden & Diamonds days – is rated only 50/50 for the weekend