Dec 9 2010 By Jon Batham
WEALDSTONE have the ammunition to join this year’s list of cup giant-killers.
That is the message this week from Stones skipper Lee Chappell ahead of his side’s daunting FA Trophy trip to Conference National high-flyers Newport County.
The Welsh former league outfit sit fourth in non-league’s top tier, having lost only once all season on their own turf.
However, Chappell insists the new-found confidence among Gordon Bartlett’s young side and the speed of their counter-attack means they have more than a chance of cutting County down to size.
He said: "We are excited about Newport. We are going to one of the biggest clubs in the Conference.
"Can we do a job there? The FA Cup and FA Trophy are competitions which spring surprises and I can’t see why with the pace and youth in our team we can’t be one of those surprises.
"The way we are popping the ball about, I haven’t seen a Wealdstone team do that for a while and there’s so much pace in the side at the moment it is quite scary when we counter-attack teams."
Stones ‘warmed up’ for the trip over the border with a 2-0 win over Aveley on Saturday, where for left-back Chappell one of the most pleasing aspects was a clean sheet.
He added: "The problem has been we’ve let in a lot of goals, but I think we’ve shored the defence up slightly now.
"We are getting a little bit of
consistency with the same players playing and going forward we seem to be able to destroy most teams - so then it’s about keeping a clean sheet."