Match Preview – Wealdstone vs Maidstone United – FA Trophy 2nd Qual Round

The Vale plays host to the battle of The Stones’ on Saturday afternoon, as Wealdstone welcome Maidstone United in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy. Thanks to victory at the weekend, Wealdstone have now won two on the bounce after a slight blip in form, and will go into this much-anticipated encounter with every eye on progressing to the final qualifying stage.

After gaining promotion to the Ryman Premier League last season, United impressively sit at the summit this campaign after a flying start. The Kent outfit have lost just once in their last thirteen outings, highlighting just what formidable opposition they represent.

Gordon Bartlett’s side won away at Leiston to get to this stage, with goals from Scott McGleish, Glen Little and Tom Pett, while Alex Brown and a Fabio Saraiva brace saw Maidstone past Maldon & Tiptree.

Wealdstone ran out 3-1 winners at home to Grays Athletic last weekend in ideal preparation for Saturday’s cup tie. Coming from a goal behind at the break, McGleish’s penalty, Tom Hamblin’s first for the club and the impressive Pett’s fine effort ensured a gutsy win for The Stones. Victory last Saturday ensured Maidstone stayed at the top of the league after beating struggling Enfield Town 3-0. Midfielder Rory Hill bagged two goals, coming either side of Fabio Saraiva’s free-kick.

The hosts continue without the suspended Sean Cronin, while the injured Scott McCubbin remains side-lined.This game is all set up for a classic cup-tie. Both teams are playing well, are competing at the top end of the same division and have a highly competitive edge between them, especially after a close run encounter on the opening day of the season. The score was 1-1 on that day, but the Stones of Ruislip will be doing all they can to complete the job in one go on Saturday, against a Maidstone side that come brimming with confidence.

It is ALL pay on the day – Adults £10, Concession £5 Under 16’s £2.

By Matt Desai