Cambridge United v Wealdstone FA Trophy Quarter Final Preview


Wealdstone will travel to Cambridge United on Saturday for the next chapter of their epic FA Trophy adventure this season.

Once again Stones will head into to the tie as massive underdogs against their professional counterparts, not that this will faze Gordon Bartlett’s men who have defied the odds in the last two rounds with wins against Barrow AFC and Dartford.

Much like Wealdstone, Cambridge United is a club with a proud history with The U’s having spent 35 years in the football league before their relegation in 2005. They have so far enjoyed a steady if unspectacular season, sitting in 11th place, six points off the playoffs. Having come into the FA Trophy in the 1st round, they have beaten Boreham Wood, Telford and Guiseley to get to the quarter final stage.

Wealdstone entered the Trophy in the 1st Qualifying round and have so far beaten six clubs, Tooting & Mitcham, Margate, Banbury, Uxbridge, Barrow AFC and Dartford, on their way to the quarter finals. This is  the furthest Stones have got in this competition since 1985 when they famously lifted the trophy along with the conference title in what was the most successful season in the club’s history.

The key reason Stones have done so well in the competition is their never say die attitude and team spirit which has seen them come from behind to beat Barrow, before a battling performance on Tuesday night saw them edge past a very strong Dartford side in the previous round having been reduced to nine men. The jubilation was there for all to see after the final whistle against the Darts, with fans joining the players on the pitch to celebrate a victory which will live long in the memories of everyone associated with the club.

 A large Stones contingent is expected at The Abbey Stadium who will no doubt be making plenty of noise from start to finish in the hope of seeing their team once again achieve a giant killing performance against all the odds.