Wealdstone v Barrow AFC Preview
A bumper crowd is expected at The Vale this Saturday as Wealdstone take on Blue Square Premier professionals, Barrow AFC in the last 32 of the FA Trophy in what is sure to be a hugely entertaining game.
Both sides have a rich history in the competition with Barrow having won it in both the 1989-90 and 2009-10 seasons, whereas perhaps the finest moment in Wealdstone’s history occurred when they lifted the famous trophy in the 1984-85 season along with the Conference title to claim the first ‘non-league double.’
With Barrow currently lying in 11th place in the Blue Square Premier they are a full 45 places above Wealdstone in the non- league pyramid, however Stones, cast very much in the underdog role, will be quietly confident of causing an upset against their full time opponents. As well as being on a phenomenal run of form lately which has seen them defeated just once in the last 21 matches, Stones will buoyed up by their experience of last season’s competition when they held Newport County to a 0-0 draw in South Wales before tragically conceding a goal in the last minute of extra time in what had been a battle of epic proportions. Despite the eventual defeat there were memorable performances over both games as Stones more than matched their professional counterparts, with their vociferous faithful hoping for more of the same this Saturday.
This season’s FA Trophy run has been an enjoyable one for Wealdstone, with a thumping 5-0 win over near neighbours Uxbridge in the previous round being the highlight thus far. The Bluebirds overcame Harrowgate Town 3-2 in the last round in what was a seesaw game, with a double from key striker Adam Boyes sending them on their way.
Admission for Saturday’s game is priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, with supporters advised to arrive early due to the big crowd expected at the game. Kick off at The Vale is 3pm.