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Wealdstone set for rematch with Lowestoft Town in FA Cup
3:50pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in Local Sport
Wealdstone will face their play-off conquerers Lowestoft Town in the FA Cup this weekend.
Gordon Bartlett’s side were beaten at Lowestoft in a heartbreaking Ryman Premier semi-final defeat in May.
The sides have been reunited again in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup but the Stones have never beaten their Suffolk opponents.
Wealdstone had to battle back twice to earn a 2-2 draw at Concord Rangers at the weekend.
The visitors could easily have taken an early lead but Lee Chappell’s strike cannoned off the crossbar.
The away side’s defence kept Concord at bay until the 28th minute when they opened the scoring.
Tony Stokes found Harry Elmes and he sent a long-range strike into the net past the despairing dive of Rikki Banks.
The Stones looked a different proposition in the second half and they nearly forced an equaliser when Kurtney Brooks’ strike was saved by keeper Michael Jordon.
But Wealdstone were back on level terms within minutes when Tom Pett lifted the ball into the area and striker Richard Jolly fired home.
Bartlett’s side were stunned ten minutes from time when they fell behind for the second time in the match.
Banks made a superb save to push the ball away for a corner. From the set-piece, Tony Stokes rose and headed it into the net.
But the visitors responded almost instantly and Chappell’s speculative 25-yard strike deflected into the goal for their second equaliser of the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Wealdstone Ladies kept their 100 per cent record with a 6-1 win over Milton Keynes City Diamonds.
Natalie Osman and Katie Harling gave them a comfortable lead.
Osman went on to score three more goals in the second half as the visitors cruised to victory.
Nicola Dixon also found the net as the Ladies kept their outstanding early season form going.
Their next game sees Wealdstone play Chiltern Saints at the Vale.