Away day kings on astonishing unbeaten run block Ruislip club's path to Wembley glory

Away day kings on astonishing unbeaten run block Ruislip club's path to Wembley glory thanks to Martin Pettitt via Flickr

A team with an astonishing 52 game unbeaten run away from home stands in the way of ambitious Ruislip-based side Wealdstone as they bid to make it to Wembley this season.

The Stones hope to get to the Buildbase FA Trophy final at the national stadium.

But Hereford, who lay claim to one of the most famous cup shocks in English football history, are the hurdle in the way. The phoenix club has risen from the ashes after the original side, famous for their FA Cup victory over Newcastle in 1972, were liquidated in 2014.

The Stones face Hereford at their home ground in Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, on Saturday in the second round of the knockout cup competition. Hereford lie third in the Southern League Premier - the seventh tier of English football - one division below their opponents.

With Hereford poised to go top of the table, with games in hand, and arriving in such incredible form, especially away from home, Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson is anticipating a tough game this weekend.

He said: “Hereford are coming with one of the best records you’ve ever seen for an away team for many years. They haven’t lost away from home for 52 games, so we are coming up against a very strong and powerful team.”

He will be hoping the modern day Hereford lack a Ronnie Radford style stunner.

“The name (Hereford) itself is quite powerful,” he said.

“They have a very good squad with 26 players. They have an extra man in each position.

“We are up against it this week, but we look forward to the challenge. We’ve been in three times this week training and there’s no better way to make up for the last couple of results by getting a win and progressing to the last 32 of the trophy, which will be important for the club as well.”

Wealdstone beat Wingate and Finchley 1-0 in the first round and Wilkinson is dreaming of a memorable cup run, which he hopes will result in the Stones winning the trophy.

Three wins, including against Hereford, will take the club to a two legged semi-final.

Speaking to Hillingdon is Here, Wilkinson said: “I don’t go into anything in life not to win it. We are in the trophy, so I want to win it. If we can’t win it, then it won’t be down to a lack of trying. Some people might look at that and think I’m being big headed. But I want to win everything I do as I am a winner. I’ve only ever been a winner, so I want to go into the trophy with the ambition of winning it.

“Will we win it? I’m not sure. Will we try? Absolutely. I would love to take us to Wembley. But you have to be lucky with the draw as well and you are going to have to do extra things in the trophy to get there and one of them is right in front of us on Saturday.”

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