Wealdstone "looking forward" to visit of league leaders Notts County
Updated: Oct 25, 2022
Results are not what he or any connected with the club would like right now but Stuart Maynard is continuing to absolutely leave no stone unturned.
After taking training late on Thursday night, and before the trip to Dorking on Saturday, the part-time manager and his assistant Matty Saunders sandwiched in a trip to Meadow Lane on Friday night to run the rule over league leaders Notts County. It would have been easy to watch the game on BT Sport but the extra mile is important to the manager.
"They look like the team to beat this year," said Maynard. "They've just got huge amounts of quality all over the pitch and that was the difference in the game. I thought Maidstone defended quite well in a low block. They didn't really get over the halfway line, but Notts County showed real quality with all their goals, like out of nothing. We've created better chances against Dorking than Notts County the other day but they've won 3-0."
The Stones could easily have won at Meadow Lane last season after playing some thrilling attacking football, eventually going down 3-2, and held the distinguished English club to a goalless draw at The Vale. They have since changed their manager and now Luke Williams is the head coach.
"They haven't changed much," said Maynard. "There's few tweaks to their patterns of play, but they haven't changed loads. They've got lots of quality and when you are full of confidence, you're going to win games of football. That's what they're doing at the minute: the winning games consistently. They lost in the cup the other week, which is a little blip, and they bounced back. They've got an unbelievable squad and can probably pick two teams and be competitive in this division.
"They're a club that are a different scale at us at the minute. They're looking to get promotion and want should be within the higher end of English football, but they're not. They're at our level for a reason and we have a belief that we can get something from the game.
"Every game we go into we believe we can get something from so we'll be going into the game believing that we can get something from. Hopefully we can tactically get it right as a management team and then let's execute it. We believe in the lads. They take on the information really well so look we're looking forward to the game.
"We've got to make sure it's as hostile as possible. We had table-topping Grimsby at our place on a Tuesday night this time last year. We got a one-nil win so hopefully we can go and get another result."
Maynard will not hid from the fact that his side have only won one of their last ten minutes, but he knows the margins in this division are terrifyingly small and that his side aren't a million miles away.
"The lads are doing well," he said. "The lads are performing to a good level it's just that the we're not getting rub of green in both boxes. We've got to keep working hard and that's the only way you turn it around. Every time you step across the white line you give everything and we've got a group of lads that are given everything for the football club. We'll just keep sticking to our beliefs."
* Pictures by Jon Taffel
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