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Experience-packed Stones set a challenge

Hungerford face squad packed with ex-league talent

Malcolm Howe



Experience-packed Stones set a challenge

Scott Rees - suspended for Wealdstone visit

HUNGERFORD TOWN put last Saturday’s 5-0 beating at St Albans to good use by turning things around to beat Welling United on Monday night - their first Vanarama National League win in a month.

Manager Bobby Wilkinson threw aside his standard attacking 4-3-3 system to revert to type and his side eventually netted an 81st minute winner from Ian Herring to take the points.

“St Albans made me sit up and we went back to 4-4-1-1 and we were organised, strong, powerful and we were never going to lose on Monday.

“I know at times it wasn’t the prettiest game in the world, but I didn’t want it to be, I just wanted three points.”

Now the task is to build on that when they face a vastly experienced Wealdstone side at Bulpit Lane on Saturday.

Gordon Bartlett has been in charge for 21 years and is the longest-serving manager in English professional football and has packed his playing ranks with experience as well. Those ranks are led by assistant boss Scott McLeish, still turning out occasionally at 42 after more than 600 league appearances that netted him cult hero status at Wycombe Wanderers and Leyton Orient.

His ex-Orient colleague and Millwall midfielder David Hunt still patrols, while striker Omar Koroma was the first Gambian international to play in the Football.League when he joined Portsmouth, and co-striker Elliott Benyon ranks Bristol City, Torquay, Swindon and Southend among his previous clubs.

Hungerford will be without injured defender Jon Boardman and the suspended Scott Rees for the game against a side that has been performing well away from home this term, winning five and drawing two matches, in contrast to a home record that is in complete contrast with only two wins.

What are the odds?

HUNGERFORD are rated as only slight home favourites by bookies with bet365 quoting them as 6/5 to win with Wealdstone not far adrift at 7/4 and a draw at 13/5.

A 1-0 win for either side is 9/1 and 10/1 respectively.

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