Wealdstone "in a good place" ahead of trip to York City
A confident Wealdstone side will head to York City bidding to build on the point at home to title-chasing Wrexham and also take advantage of some of the uncertainty at the LNER Community Stadium.
York parted company with John Askey earlier this week and Tim Ryan will be the interim manager for Saturday's game. While the home side are in a state of flux, the Stones have picked up four points from the last two and have kept back-to-back clean sheets.
"We are in a good place," said manager Stuart Maynard. "We've got to stick to what we've been doing. We know clean sheets give us success and we will stick to that belief. You saw on Saturday the control we had with the ball. Nothing will change. I told the lads after Wrexham that they had set the standard and now we need to build on that performance and look to improve."
York are 12th, without a win in seven games but did start the season with four wins out of eight.
"They are a very good team," said Maynard. "John did a great job and to see him go was a shock. York are a huge club and get five to six thousand fans every week. We need to make sure we don't give the fans anything to shout about early on, quieten them down and get control of the game. They are are an experienced team, with good players all over the pitch, but we have done our meticulous research as always and we have a game plan. The players always take the information on board and it's now down to them to execute it."
The Stones will travel north with a squad that will only be shorn of Sam Habergham who has a tight hamstring.
"We are playing well and so there is no need to rush Sam or the likes of Nathan [Ferguson] and Max [Kretzschmar]. Max came on and got some minutes after his hamstring trouble and Nath is working his way back from a calf problem. The lads did well against Altrincham and Wrexham and they warrant staying in the team. It's their shirt to lose. But we take things game by game and things can change very quickly in this relentless division. It now shows the quality of the squad that we have players like Max and Nathan on the bench and indeed others out of the squad. We will need everyone at some point, everyone will get their chance as we are all in this together."
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