Stone OA vs Town: Preview

03 Nov 2020 in News

Stone vs Town preview

Tomorrow night, Wythenshawe Town take one last away trip to Stone Old Alleynians before non-league football is once again forced to grind to a halt.

Despite the official statement from the FA today, clubs are still able to squeeze in their final fixtures before Thursday and Town will undoubtedly want to end their flawless, albeit brief, start to the league campaign with another three points on the road.


A disappointing FA Vase exit on penalties was the only blotch on an otherwise immaculate October, but affording us to have all eyes on the league – every cloud has a silver lining.


Manager James Kinsey still feels the sting of Saturday but is confident his squad has what it takes to bounce back.


“Going out on penalties in the cup on Saturday was hard to take. Having been in full control at half time, I expected us to go on and finish the job.


“That was a learning curve for me and the lads. We’ve been so good in the second half of games this season and Saturday was the opposite. You can’t take your foot off the pedal against anybody when you get in front and to be fair, that’s why we have been beating teams by such a heavy score line. We have been relentless.



Kinsey continued, “Saturday was just a one off. I told the lads to brush it off, the league has always been our aim and we’ve gone out to a very good side on penalties. If anything, it could be a blessing as there will already be a back log as it is.


“It showed at the end what it meant to beat us. That says a lot about how far we have come as a club. All of their squad and management have been at a higher level and we didn’t lose the game in 90 minutes which is a positive for me. But we aren’t here to draw matches so I expect a reaction tomorrow.”


Amassing seven points from a possible 15, our hosts have made a solid start to their season and in their current run of form going five unbeaten in all competitions, stepping across Stone will be no mean feat.


“Stone are always a difficult opponent. They’re big, physical and have a really awkward way of playing. They will be up there this season I’m sure so it is important we limit them where we can.”


An untimely stoppage in play considering our blistering start, but the Boss is putting his faith into the hunger and desire of the squad to pick up where they left off.


“Obviously it is our last game for four weeks and that is a frustration because we’ve had a good start. But everybody’s in the same boat.


“We’re lucky in the fact that I’ve got a group who are determined to get some success this season so I know they’ll be keeping their fitness levels high.


“If we just stick to the basics and work hard, I’m hopeful we can sign out with three points tomorrow.”


-Harry Shephard



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