Dec 10 2010 By Jon Batham
WEALDSTONE boss Gordon Bartlett admits he will go into tomorrow’s FA Trophy game at Newport County knowing next to nothing about the opposition.
The recent cold snap has thrown a spanner in the works of Bartlett’s preparations for the first round proper tie.
He was due to travel to Wales to watch the Conference National side in action last Thursday and last Sunday, but both games were frozen off.
Bartlett said: "I’ve had plans to go and watch Newport scuppered twice now, so I don’t know much about them and will be going into the game blind.
"I will have a look at their website, and I will have a chat with Hayes and Yeading manager Gary Haylock, as they played Newport a couple of weeks ago. Apart from that, all I know is they can’t be a bad side if they’re fourth in the Conference, but I want them to be worrying about our qualities instead.
"They might be two leagues above us, and we will be going into the games as big underdogs, but we’ll go out and play with no fear and give them a game."
This year would be perfect for an FA Trophy run for Wealdstone - it being 25 years since they lifted the cup with a 2-1 win over Boston United at Wembley.
And while the anniversary will throw up nostalgic thoughts of Paul Bowgett’s 1985 heroes, Bartlett has told Stones fans to forget about the past.
He said: "An FA Trophy run would be nice as we have never been past the first round proper since I have been here.
"And while I respect what happened here before me, we need to forget the past - this is all about the here and now."