This Saturday, all the preparation is over as the Seagulls travel to Grosvenor Vale, the home of Wealdstone, to take on Bobby Wilkinson’s outfit in their National League South opener.
Weston come into this encounter having had a good pre-season in front of goal, netting 25 goals during six games, and having conceded 13 goals throughout their friendlies. Manager Marc McGregor added to his squad this week, bringing in striker Eli Phipps to already join a formidable attacking force that contains Gethyn Hill, Jamie Lucas, Ben Swallow and Jarrad Welch.
Wealdstone have undergone a squad overhaul during the off-season, having brought in an almost entirely new squad following last season’s top half finish. The Stones have also enjoyed a strong pre-season, losing the one game too, a 1 – 2 loss to National League side Bromley. The Stones recently brought back Bradley Hudson-Odoi from Hampton & Richmond, as well as making some strong additions.
Last time the Seagulls met Wealdstone was at Saturday’s venue, Grosvenor Vale, back in January. An Iffy Allen strike and an Abo Eisa wonder goal silenced the Seagulls, with Gethyn Hill nodding in late on, but the Seagulls couldn’t prevent a 2 – 1 loss. Since 1994, the Seagulls have met with Wealdstone 13 times, lost five times, drawn once and won seven times, having conceded 24 times and scored 33 against the Stones themselves.
When asked about the game, Marc McGregor said:
Bobby will have them fit, well organised and hard to beat. They’ve had a great pre-season too, they beat Staines and they had a great result against Cardiff U23s the other night.
We know what they’ll be like because of what they want to achieve come the end of the season and the players they’re attracting, which is different to the players we can get. It doesn’t mean that they’ll be successful over 90 minutes, because we treat every game like a cup game, we’ll go there to try and win, we’ll try and not lose, the worst thing that can happen is that we’ll get a point out of it.
I’m looking forward to it, it’s been a long summer with getting players in and working around pre-season. An away game’s a nice way to start because it gives you a free hit in terms of getting the lads together in a competitive environment.
Location: Grosvenor Vale – HA4 6JQ
Prices: Adults £13, Concession £9 (over 65 & students with ID), Under 18s £3 and Under 14s FREE when accompanied by an Adult