Maynard: "Wealdstone have come such a long way."
Stuart Maynard feels it is a sign of how far his progressive side have come that they left the game on Sunday disappointed with a point against a National League powerhouse like Woking.
The Stones took the lead with a tenth-minute penalty from Max Kretzschmar and you half expected the home side to close the game out given they hadn't conceded a goal for more than 270 minutes. But Jermaine Anderson rattled in a fine equaliser and then the game petered out into a fairly uneventful draw.
"It's a good point," said Maynard. "I don't think either team deserved the three points, even though we hit the bar late on [through Tarryn Allarakhia]. They are a good solid team and they make it tough, they make it ugly, they make the game scrappy. We tried to play but it was a difficult afternoon to play.
"We've just got to take the point, respect the point and move on. We've come a long way as a football club that we come away from a game with Woking and are disappointed with a point. We are in the top ten and we must keep the standards high. I know the fans will go away and be frustrated with a point but we can't raise the expectations too high. It's a point gained."
The Stones weren't at their free-flowing best against the Cards and couldn't really find their rhythm.
"I thought we were very fluent in the first ten minutes and we went through them very quickly," said the manager. "There was dew on the surface early on. It's hard for us as we can't get the water on the pitch as we don't have a sprinkler system But that's where we are at as a club and that's why we have to take things slowly and take small steps. Thing can't happen overnight but there is progression on and off the field at the club."
The Stones one bit of real quality saw them carve open the visitors down the left and win a penalty following some slick interplay between Kretzschmar and Allarakhia.
"It's lovely to watch – and I'm sure it's great to watch for the fans and those on TV. It's some move for the goal. Tarryn receives on the half turn in his own half and then before you know it, three or passes later, he has won a penalty. It's great to watch and we will keep sticking to our beliefs."
Midfielder Nathan Ferguson provided a real driving force in midfield, combining some neat touches and flicks with some real forceful play.
"Ferg is outstanding every week," said Maynard. "He kind of goes under the radar. You always want more from him as he has got more in his locker. He's a big, 6ft 4, powerful midfielder and he showed his power today and his quality. We would like him to chip in with more goals as he has a hammer foot but he's a team player and he gives everything for the club. He's a top player."
Striker Olufela Oladele provided Maynard with a boost by coming off the bench in his first game since he went off in the second game of the season through injury. Kretzschmar provided a scare though when he limped off near the end.
"We'll know more on Max on Tuesday," said the manager. "It looks like he just rolled his ankle and hopefully it's not too bad. Mason [Barrett] is back in training on Tuesday and will hopefully be back in the squad on Saturday."