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26th Mar 2008

(Courtesy of the Middlesex County Football Assocaition )

Wealdstone Reserves produced a second half fight back to defeat holders Ashford Town (Middlesex) 3-2 in the final of the Middlesex Premier Cup at Harrow Boroughs Earlsmead ground on a wet Wednesday evening.

Ashford took the lead in the fifteenth minute through an own goal when a free kick was headed into the Stones net. Town increased their lead on the stroke of half time when Paul Timba scored to give the holders a two-goal lead at the break.

The half time team talk had an immediate effect as Stones reduced the deficit through Wayne Reid. But Ashford Town had two guilt edged chances to restore their advantage minutes later when first keeper Carr was forced into a fine save before the resulting corner saw an Ashford header go wide when free on the six-yard line.

In the sixty-fifth minute Stones drew level from the penalty spot, following a poor challenge by Ashford keeper Paul McCarthy. Omar Sagna coolly slotted home into the roof of the net. Both sides pressed for a winner but it was Wealdstone that claimed it with fifteen minutes remaining. A Stones corner was cleared to Kurt Moriese at the edge of the box who netted with a smart shot and signal an exuberant celebration that resulted in a booking for one of the substitutes from referee Liam Walshe.

Ashford pressed for an equaliser but they were unable to send the match into extra time. Wealdstone had won the Premier Cup on one previous occasion in 2004.


February 2008

Congratulations to Ricky Murphy, Darren Ward and the reserve team lads on reaching the Middlesex Premier Cup after beating Hillingdon Borough in the semis 3-1 on Monday 11th February.

After falling a goal behind midway though the first half the Stones come storming back with goals from Niel Ameh, Dean Papali and Wayne Reid to secure a 3-1 victory and they now play Ashford Town (Middx) who beat Harrow Borough in the other semi 2-1

The Final takes place on Wednesday 26th March @ Harrow Borough FC, kick-off 7-30pm. Admission will be £5

The victory over Hillingdon Borough saw the lads end a poor run of results, which came as quite a surprise after their good start to the new year.

On Saturday 26th January a poor performance at Burgess Hill Town saw the Stones defeated 1-6, Omar Sagna netting the only goal.

A young looking Fleet Town came to Grosvenor Vale on Wednesday 6th February and went home with a 1-0 victory, poor finishing costing the Stones dear.

On Saturday 9th February a visit from league leaders Tooting & Mitcham United saw the Stones playing with 10 men for much of the game following the dismissal of John Sonuga. The Stones were a goal down early on but battled back to drew level in the second half though an own goal, however within a minute Tooting were back in front.

Saturday 16th February saw the Stones draw away to Uxbridge one all, with Sagna again getting on the score sheet.

November 2007

The Reserves are still looking for a secretary to help out with paperwork and be around on home match days to help run things off the field. If you or you know someone who might be interested in getting involved please see anyone from the board of directors or contact Paul 'Fingers' Fruin direct on 07790-038095.

With the lack of help 'Fingers' missed the recent 1st team trip to Welling United, so he could be on hand to run things off the field when the lads entertained Beaconsfield SYCOB on Tuesday 6th November. Whilst most of us just turn-up to watch a game there is all the prepartion from making sandwiches for the game and sorting out all the kit - we reall do need some help here (is anyone listening?) In order to ease the burden the club have decided to move mid-week home games from Tuesday to Wednesday evenings. Don't be shy, if you want to help please speak with any club official.

Anyway back to the Beaconsfield game, which resulted in a comforatble 5-1 victory with goals from Niel Ameh, Daniel Campbell, Kurt Morlese, Derek Quaye & Wayne Reid. Two our young scholarship lads Nick Salapatas who made the second goal and Daniel Lake made fine debuts. .

Things are looking bright on the Football Scholarship front with both Nick Salapatas & Ben Clarke making their 1st team debuts at Molesey in the League Cup recently.

Before the Beaconsfield game the reserves had beaten Carshalton Athletic at home on Saturday 27th October, with goals from Seye Adegoke, Wayne Reid & Nick Salapatas.

On Saturday 3rd Nov the lads made the long journey to Eastleigh and despite enjoying a large amount of possession the Stones could not turn the advantage into goals and were punished when Eastleigh scored late on.

The Reserves were back on the road yet again on Saturday 10th November with a trip down to deepest darkest Surrey and a visit to Whyteleafe. Once again the Stones forwards brought their scoring boots with them and goals from Wayne Reid (2) and Nick Salapatas saw the lads to a comfortable 3-0 win.


12th September

Harefield Utd 2 - Wealdstone 3

The management team ran the rule of over a number of players who have been involved in first team action this season when a strong Stones line-up beat Harefield United 3-2 in a Suburban Premier League fixture. Goals came from Ben Alexandar (2), one from the spot the other from Graeme Montgomery.

The full line-up and Subs were:- Mitch Swain, Jomo Faal-Thomas, Chris Owens, Fergus Moore, John Sonuga, Graham Hall, Seye Adegoke, Josh Cooper, Ben Alexander, Charlie Muldowney, Graeme Montgomery. Subs. Daniel Campbell for Alexander 70ms, Niel Ameh for Muldowney 80mins & Lord Ndiwa for Sonuga 85 mins

11th September

The reserves Suburban League season is now well underway and after a very busy pre-season programme hopefully the team is now starting to bed down. The first pre-season game took place on Tuesday 10th July with a 4-1 victory over Bushey Rangers, on Saturday 14th July Rayners Lane brought a strong side along to Broadfields (our home venue for all but one fixture) and the outcome was the first nil all draw of the season. The following weekend (Saturday 21st) the Stones came out 2-1 victors over Chalfont St Peter, however the following Saturday (28th) saw the first reverse of the season with a 0-2 defeat to North Greenford United.

The first and only away trip pre-season saw the Stones drew 2-2 on Saturday 4th August, before a team of mainly trialists when down 2-3 to Gadeside on Tuesday 7th. Saturday 11th August saw our final warm up game against Potter Bar Town which resulted in a one all drew.

So onto the new league season and with the First team enjoying the sunshine and fine victory at Folkestone, the reserves travelled to last seasons champions Basingstoke Town, unlike the first team game, this match took place in a down poor (it took about 3 days before the puddle in my van where the kit bag had been to dry out) and resulted in a 0-2 defeat. Speaking with Ricky Murphy after the game he was pleased with the lad's performance and with a bit more bite up front felt we might have got something from the game.

So onto Tuesday 21st August and the first game at our new home venue of Ruislip Manor FC. Things could not have got of to worst start as there was no one on hand to open up, which left poor Steve Hartley (our assistant manager) having to do everything on the night. Ben Alexander scored our goal in a 1 all drew and with it the first point of the season.

With the visit of AFC Wimbledon to Northwood the previous Tuesday it was now their reserves turn to visit RMFC the following Saturday. A 0-3 reverse had Ricky pulling out what little hair he has left.

So onto Wednesday 29th August and a trip to "The Warren" against the new formed partnership of Hayes & Yeading FC, both teams had their first team management in charge for the evening and therefore it was no surprise to see a number of first team players from both sides taking to the field who needed a run out. What a corking match it was too. Andre Delisser gave the Stones the lead on the half hour mark. Neither team gave an inch and it looked like the Stones would hold out for a 1-0 victory until Hayes & Yeading scored deep into injury time with just about the last kick of the match.

After a weekend with no fixture the Stones return to Suburban League action with the visit of newly promoted Hillingdon Borough on Tuesday 4th September, for our third home game of the season.

As it turns out 3 is not the Stones lucky number after all as the lads when down 1-2, a defeat which still leaves them searching for their first win of the season. John Sonuga, from our Football Scholarship weight in with our goal.

A much improved performance saw the reserves go down 1-2 at Met Police last Saturday (8th) and speaking with Ricky later that evening he was a lot more up beat. Daniel Campbell scored for the Stones