Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Front Page -

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.

Pete Nor­ton

Wealdstone de­fender Ed­die Oshodi – pic­tured in his Rush­den & Di­a­monds days – is rated only 50/50 for the week­end

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