Preview – Warrington Town – 3 Feb – KO 15:00
This is our first meeting with our visitors who play in the Evo-Stick Premier Division (Level 7) of the Northern Premier League (history is HERE) .
They are enjoying a good season in the league, currently sitting in 5th place on 48 points from 26 games played having won 14, drawn 6, lost 6, scoring 42 and conceding 31 goals. On their last league outing they played out a 1-1 away draw against table toppers Altrincham in front of a crowd of 1,419 last Saturday. In the Buildbase FA Trophy they entered the competition at the 1st Qualifying Round at the end of October where they defeated Bamber Bridge 2-1 at home, in the 2nd Qualifying Round they faced Ashton United and won through on penalties after a 2-2 draw in a reply with the original tie having finished all square at 1-1. In the 3rd Qualifying Round they defeated Tamworth 3-0 at home in late November. The 1st Round draw saw them play Altrincham winning 2-1 in a reply after the original tie at home had finished 0-0. The 2nd Round draw saw our visitors travel to Ebbsfleet Utd where they played out a 1-1 draw, before overcoming the National League side 2-0 at home in the replay.
We caught up with Stones manager Bobby Wilkinson earlier in the week and he had this to say about the tie on Saturday “ We are all looking forward to what will be an extremely tough FA Trophy tie on Saturday. We have seen how Warrington play and they are a high intensity pressing side, dangerous on the counter attack and are obviously confident in their abilities and have been on a good run. We expect a real battle but we will be more than ready and we are very confident ourselves – it will be a great game of football. I know our supporters will get behind the boys from the off as they always do, and be loud and proud throughout.”
It will be very interesting to see the starting eleven and game plan the Stones deploy come Saturday in what in what is likely to a real ‘cut and thrust’ cup tie. Get behind the lads, offer plenty of encouragement and support for the 90+ minutes as we look to progress in the Competition.
Thank you to our Match Sponsor(s)
(1) Ray Corner & Peter Carter and (2) Ryemead Cleaning
Match Ball Donation (s)
(1) Roge Slater & Alan Hill (2) Graham Clark & Mike Pullin (3) The Epic Golf Society (4) John Young
Match day Admission: Adults – £13, Concession – £9 (over 65 & students with ID), Under 18s – £3 ALL PAY
If you arrive early you can purchase your Match Admission Ticket and Programme from the pop-up sales point located in the Ruislip Social Club – you can also order your half-time drink as well. Our Premiership/English Football League Season Ticket offer and Armed Services discount does NOT apply to this game
Please note, entry to the stadium is through the Turnstile block on the right as you enter The Vale which open from 14:00.
No entry to the stadium will be allowed through the metal gates adjacent to the turnstile block except for suitably badged individuals so please allow plenty of time to get into the ground prior to kick-off.
Parking at the stadium is now limited to Players, Officials and sponsors only. Please park in the side streets near to the ground but please do not block driveways or access for emergency vehicles, especially within Grosvenor Vale and Cranley Drive. Alternatively, use one of the pay & display car parks which are within 10–12 minutes walk of the stadium (see map HERE for assistance). Please be aware the Local Hillingdon Traffic Enforcement Department will be out and about and if you happen to park your vehicle inappropriately in the one of the side streets you are likely to get a ticket. You have been warned.
Public Transport – Metropolitan & Piccadilly Line(s) will be operating a normal service to Ruislip Manor and Ruislip. The Central Line will also be running a normal service (alight at Ruislip Gardens and then a 12-15 minute walk to the ground or cross the road and catch the E7 bus towards Ruislip) – Check TfL website for latest info HERE. Public Transport Journey Planner HERE (destination post code HA4 6JQ)
Make sure you pick-up your match-day programme (£3) on your way-in to the stadium and your golden goals tickets (£1 a ticket, first goal wins £50 last goal wins £10).
Lynn Evans and her team will be serving hot food (burgers, chicken burgers, bacon and sausage rolls and fish finger rolls hot and cold drinks from the catering unit situated at the top of the ground. The Half-way line tea bar in the ground will also be serving hot and cold drinks as well as snacks.
The Ruislip Social Club is open from noon and will be showing Burnley v Manchester City at 12:30 + Arsenal v Everton at 17:30.
Fans Survey – Paper copies can be picked-up from the WFC SC MEGASTORE located behind the dugouts for those who wish to enter but don’t want to use the on-line version. Completed Surveys need to be returned to the club by no later than 14 February.
Should Saturday’s game finish as a draw the replay will take place on Tuesday 6 February at the Winner Recruitment Stadium, Common Lane, Warrington, WA4 2RS, kick-off 19:45.