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Wealdstone suffer FA Cup thrashing at AFC Hornchurch
4:55pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
Wealdstone suffered their biggest defeat for five years after being thrashed 6-1 at AFC Hornchurch in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The Stones were overwhelmed by their Ryman Premier Division promotion rivals in an afternoon to forget.
Gordon Bartlett’s side conceded twice early on and their captain Sean Cronin was sent off inside the first 15 minutes. The Stones took a risk defensively and the manager admitted this played a part in the final scoreline.
Bartlett said: “Conceding two early goals and then the sending off our skipper gave us a mountain to climb.
“We had to be positive and went with three at the back and had to take a gamble so we were liable to concede and that’s exactly what happened.
“It has happened and we have to get on with it. We don’t get too carried away when we win games so we’re not going to get too down about it when we lose.”
The Urchins opened the scoring when Stefan Payne found the net and he quickly added a second goal.
It got even worse when Cronin was dismissed for a foul on Leigh Bremner.
Wealdstone tried to regroup at the break but conceded a penalty 22 seconds into the second half and Payne’s hat-trick put the game beyond them.
Joey May added a fourth goal when his deflected effort beat Jonathan North.
The hosts netted their fifth goal when George Purcell rounded the keeper to score and it was 6-0 after Chris Bourne headed home.
Wealdstone grabbed a consolation late on through substitute Jerome Okimo who headed in his first goal for the club.
Bartlett said: “We were all disappointed but it’s like life. If you dwell on the things that go wrong then you won’t enjoy what’s around the corner.
“Everybody is disappointed because we underachieved and need to bounce back quickly. We need to regroup, keep our belief and hopefully we can go on another unbeaten run.”
The Stones brought in experienced defensive midfielder Mark Bentley from Boreham Wood this week.
The 35-year-old ex Southend and Gillingham defender will add to their options with Wes Parker, Elliot Godfrey and Scott McCubbin all sidelined.
Wealdstone will attempt to put their defeat behind them when they travel to Leiston in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy this weekend.
Bartlett said: “They are a side that have spent a lot of money and were probably expected to be among the front runners in the league.
“That’s not happened and their manager has resigned but that’s not always a good thing for the opponents. On paper they are a very good side.”
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