Match Preview – Harrow Borough vs Wealdstone – Sat 24th Aug
Wealdstone make the short trip to Earlsmead this weekend where a very tricky test against Harrow Borough awaits, in their first local derby of the season.
Boro’ may have made a less than impressive start to the new campaign, having taken just two points from four games, but don’t be fooled by their league position. Dave Anderson’s side is one that boasts real quality, and Stones will have to be right on their game if they are to come away with a good result.
The Stones head into the match in a much healthier-looking position, and a win here would certainly make their start to the season look a more than steady one. A run of three successive draws thankfully came to an end on Tuesday night and their season finally looks to be up and running.
Harrow Borough picked up their second point of the season when they held early Ryman Premier Division pace-setters Kingstonian to an impressive goalless draw at Earlsmead on Tuesday. Forward Simeon Akinola had Boro’s best chances in the game, whilst on-loan Fulham ‘keeper Max Oberschmidt kept the visitors at bay on a number of occasions. A much needed clean sheet was a real plus in a performance that will give fans a boost in confidence ahead of the weekend’s clash.
Wealdstone picked up their first victory of the new season with a thumping 3-0 away win over Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday night. Sean Cronin gave Gordon Bartlett’s side the lead from the spot minutes before the interval, before a second-half own-goal from former Stone Tommy Brewer looked to put the game beyond doubt. Peter Dean wrapped up the win with a simple finish in the closing stages to give The Stones all three points.
Centre-back Michael Peacock is likely to miss out for The Reds as he nurses a calf-injury, so James Regis may deputise. Manager Anderson also has two new faces at his disposal, with former Stoke City defender Immanuel Parry and Adam Cash, recently a Stones trialist, brought in to bolster his back-line. Shaun Lucien is certainly one-to-watch as far as the visitors should be concerned, the lightning-quick winger has scored three of Harrow Borough’s four goals this season and continues to impress his many admirers.
The Stones have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s match and could line up unchanged from their midweek victory although Gordon Bartlett has varied options available to him including Glen Little who may well come off the bench to add experience and quality to the midfield. .
Saturday’s match looks set to be a thoroughly enthralling and typically fiery encounter. Wealdstone have only been defeated in one of the last fourteen games against their local counterparts, but will be aware that there is absolutely no room for complacency if that is to be extended. Boro’ have some players of real talent in their ranks, and after a fantastic midweek result and playing on home soil, have the potential to really hurt a Stones squad that is still very much in the gelling process.
By Matt Desai
Check out our previous results against Harrow Borough (Town) HERE
Kilburn Times HERE
Harrow Observer HERE