Complacency is not an option!
Stones travel the relatively short distance to Molten South Midlands Premier League side Aylesbury this Saturday (24 October) for what is probably the most important Cup match for over 20 years. Aylesbury may be the lowest ranked side left in the final FA Cup qualifying round stage but no one should be fooled by that tag and complacency is simply not an option for Wealdstone.
For Aylesbury, this crucial FA Cup 4th and final qualifying round clash is without doubt the most important match in their entire, but relatively short, history as it will give them the possible chance to be pitted against Southampton, Charlton or Leeds United in the first round proper.
The Moles have an experienced side capable of more than holding their own at a higher level as they have most of last season’s Aylesbury United squad, moreover any side that has battled through to the crucial 4th Qualifying stage must be a capable outfit. They were unbeaten in their league until last Saturday and have only conceded twice in that competition. They overcame a strong Chesham side in the last round of the Cup, although The Generals did manage to score three times in a feisty encounter that brought 11 yellow cards and a sending off.
But Stones will not need to fear anyone at this stage, and will be in confident mood following their recent excellent run in the league and their clinical disposal of a higher placed Lewes side in the previous round. They will be assessing any fitness issues amongst the
squad following the tough run-in games against Margate last weekend in the FA Trophy and AFC Hornchurch this Tuesday evening in the league.
Wealdstone Manager Gordon Bartlett is the first to recognise that complacency is out the question: ‘This match represents a massive banana skin and I am sure that Chesham thought that they would beat them in the last round. Complacency will not be an option. We will have done our homework thoroughly and if we play to our capabilities we are confident – but so will they be’
So the scene is set for a clash of epic proportions for the prize of a place in the first round proper of the greatest Cup competition in the world and a very rare chance to play against one of football’s big boys.
By Dan Goldstone