Match Preview – Wealdstone vs Dulwich Hamlet
League leaders Wealdstone welcome their nearest challengers, Dulwich Hamlet, to The Vale on Saturday, bidding to extend their unbeaten run to fifteen matches. The runaway Stones have won eleven and drawn three in that period, and sitting ten points clear with three games in hand, victory at the weekend would surely be a major step forward in their quest for promotion from the Ryman Premier.
Gordon Bartlett’s side dismantled mid-table Lewes in their most recent fixture. on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Tom Pett, Luke Pidgen and Scott McGleish, and in doing so kept their fifth consecutive clean sheet. The Hamlet will be no pushovers however, as their current league standing of second would suggest. The South Londoners are four points inside the play-offs, and though their title aspirations have slowly faded, they have seven games remaining to ensure they at least have a chance of getting out of this league.
It may just be the right time for Wealdstone to be playing the league’s next best team though, as their early and mid-season form seems to have abandoned them in recent weeks. Gavin Rose’s side are winless in six, but following a run of four straight defeats, have now put together two draws, the latest being a 1-1 away to AFC Hornchurch earlier in the week. The table-toppers ran out emphatic 4-1 winners when the sides last met in November at Champion Hill, with Pigden, McGleish and a Glen Little brace doing the damage that day. Any scoreline favouring the hosts on Saturday would surely assure even the most pessimistic of Stones fans that their future lies at a higher level.
By Matt Desai
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