FA Cup Preview: Stones v Lowestoft Town
The magic of the FA Cup arrives again at The Vale this Saturday and the stakes could not be higher for this second qualifying round clash of the Ryman Premier rivals.
Lowestoft Town will sail into Town and the Trawler Boys will be expecting to blow away the Stones with the tide seemingly in their favour with recent results. Stones will of course have other ideas.
But both sides undoubtedly winced when the names came out of the hat at FA Headquarters and each camp might have expected an ‘easier’ draw as early as it is in the qualifying rounds, with perhaps the prospect of a step 4 club to contend with.
The wincing probably didn’t last too long. Lowestoft will know that they have an excellent record over the Stones – indeed Wealdstone have never beaten their far flung Suffolk rivals although these fixtures are always hard fought and close run encounters. Stones will relish the prospect of setting the record straight after last May’s controversial and heart breaking semi-final play-off defeat at Crown Meadow in front of 1200 fans, including 250 from Wealdstone who made the arduous mid week journey to cheer on their heroes. Stones had two sent off in that clash and only lost the match in extra time to a penalty after Scott Fitzgerald’s late equaliser.
But this match is not about ‘revenge’; it is about intensely focussing on doing a professional job and advancing to the next stage – something, no doubt, Gordon Bartlett will be reminding his troops this week.
Stones do at least have home advantage for this Cup encounter and the stage is set for a good old-fashioned dust up that may not be for the feint hearted. ‘Bring it on’.
To get to this stage Stones overcame Biggleswade Town 2-0 whilst Lowestoft beat Tilbury by the same score line in the first qualifying round two weeks ago.
Wealdstone will be hoping for a strong attendance for this Cup match and all supporters are reminded this game is all pay at the gate. The Season Ticket offer for pro clubs will NOT apply to this match. The Club are also pleased to announce that Fosters and Strongbow will again be available at £2.50 a pint on Saturday and the following Saturday (29th)when we host Chertsey Town in the FA Trophy.
Attention is also drawn to Wealdstone FC’s Ground Regulations that are printed in the match day programme and posted on notices within the ground.