Stones on the Road – Metropolitan Police vs Wealdstone – Match Preview
League leaders Wealdstone travel to Imber Court to play Metropolitan Police this weekend, where they’ll have all eyes on hoping to claim another important away victory. Many are fast running out of superlatives to describe this current Stones side, who are now unbeaten in almost three months, and only weeks away from mathematically securing the Ryman Premier League title.
Prior to the East Thurrock United match on Thursday evening, Wealdstone had lost just three league games all season, have won the most in the division, scored the most and conceded the least, and it’s looking increasingly like there is no side capable of stopping the champions elect as they enter their final push. Stones will still be without some key players due to injury and among them will be leading marksman Scott McGleish who joined the queue for the treatment table during Monday nights clash with Billericay Town.
After a highly creditable sixth place finish last season, The Met may feel somewhat disappointed in their showing this campaign. Jim Cooper’s side currently lie in fifteenth position in the table, an unassailable deficit shy of the play-offs, and all but safe from any relegation threat. The Surrey outfit’s form has dipped over the last month, with just one win in their last seven league outings. This could be put down to a hectic March schedule however, with the team playing no few than ten matches in the month.
Saturday’s hosts halted a run of five straight Wealdstone victories in the reverse fixture at The Vale back in December. The side’s had to settle for a share of the spoils that day, as Charlie Collins cancelled out Johnny Wright’s early opener, and though they may have the chance to stop a similar run this weekend, any scoreline is unlikely to have any great effect on where either side finishes up.
By Matt Desai