Wealdstone v Hungerford
Where: Grosvenor Vale, HA4 6JQ
When: 19th January 2019
Both have made good starts to 2019. Both are still unbeaten but that record might vanish for one of these two sides this weekend. Hungerford could move to 9 points within reach of Wealdstone that just shows how the Stones have fallen out of the current playoff picture and Hungerford’s recent good form has given them a little bit of breathing space down the bottom. However, form goes out the window when fans, players and coaches want to gain one over each other. This recently developed rivalry is as bitter as ever so expect a late New Year fireworks treat.
Form guide- Wealdstone got a good point away at 5th placed Concord last time in a 2-2 draw after a 1-1 draw at Dartford. Before that they beat Slough Town 1-0 which ended a run of 5 games without a league win. Hungerford had to settle for a point at Gloucester City despite the Tigers playing most of the game with 10 men. Before that they got wins against Oxford City and Concord Rangers to start of 2019.
Team news-The Stones have no recent injury news from their last couple of games. However last week Matt Lench left the club and Eoin McKeown’s loan was extended for a further month. Visiting manager Ian Herring is likely to welcome back many of his first choice starters that sat of Tuesday’s loss to Slough Town in the Berks and Buck cup. It’s likely to be too soon for Marvel Ekpiteta to come back into the side.
Star man- David Pratt scored a brace against Concord to take his tally up to 8 goals for the league season. His tremendous work rate has also made him useful option at pressing high up the pitch for the Stones. Hungerford missed the width and pace of winger Tommy Anderson on Tuesday night and he will be a useful asset against the London based side on Saturday.
Head to head- The hosts have a good record against the Crusaders. They’ve already met twice this season at Bulpit Lane with a 1-1 league draw followed up by a 2-1 away win in the Fa cup. Last season Wealdstone won both meetings 1-0 at Grosvenor Vale and 3-1 away. In 2016/17 Hungerford won 2-0 at home but lost 3-0 in the reverse fixture.