Wealdstone v Slough Town, National League South, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, Middx, Wednesday 26th December, kick-off 13h00
Note: this match kicks off at 1pm
This Boxing Day, Rebels make the short ten mile journey into Middlesex to play Wealdstone. The return fixture in Slough will take place on New Year's Day. The Stones have not been consistent so far this season and find themselves in 12th place, two points ahead of Slough Town having played one match more. They have not won in their last three outings, conceding three goals in each of two home fixtures. Indeed, they have conceded three goals in four of their last six home league games.
Last Saturday their fixture against Truro City at Torquay United's Plainmoor was postponed
Their full league record being: P20 Home W5 D2 L3 GF18 GA15: Away W3 D4 L3 GF9 GA10
Home: W 4 - 1 Weston-s-Mare; W 1 - 0 Woking; D 1 - 1 Concord Rangers; W 3 - 0 Truro City; L 2 - 3 Chelmsford City; W 2 - 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough; L 0 - 3 Torquay United; W 2 - 0 Gloucester City; D 3 - 3 Bath City; L 0 - 3 Eastbourne Borough
Away: D 1 - 1 Hungerford Town; L 1 - 0 Billericay Town; W 0 - 3 Dartford; L 3 - 0 Oxford City; D 1 - 1 Dulwich Hamlet; W 0 - 1 East Thurrock United; D 1 - 1 Welling United; W 0 - 1 Hemel Hempstead Town; L 3 - 1 Chippenham Town; D 0 - 0 St. Albans City
In the league their leading goal scorers are David Pratt and Bradley Bubb - each with six goals to their credit.
At home their average league attendance is 856 - high (1246, Torquay United); low (675, Gloucester City).
Recent match highlights can be found on the following links:
Chippenham Town (A): 3m05s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614930 (courtesy BLTV)
Eastbourne Borough (H):2m52s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614947 (courtesy FC Video)
St. Albans City (A): 2m28s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614958 (courtsey David Tavener)
In this season's F.A. Cup Wealdstone were knocked out in the 4th Qualifying Round, losing 1 - 2 at home against Sutton United, the team Rebels knocked out in the 1st Round Proper; earlier Stones beat Hungerford Town 1 - 2, away in the 3rd Qualifying Round and Great Wakering Rovers (level 8) 2 - 0 at home in the 2nd Qualifying Round.
In the F.A. Trophy Wealdstone had a fine 2 - 3 away success at Concord Rangers in the 3rd Qualifying Round, before succumbing 2 - 1, away against level 7 Biggleswade Town in the 1st Round Proper.
Slough Town first played Wealdstone in season 1922/23. More recently they have played in the following seasons
2001/2 (Isthmian Division One) W 6 - 0 (H); L 2 - 1 (A)
2002/3 (Isthmian Division One North) D 1 - 1 (H); L 3 - 2 (A)
2004/5 (Isthmian Premier Division) W 1 - 0 (H); D 1 - 1 (A)
2005/6 (Isthmian Premier Division) W 3 - 2 (H); D 2 - 2 (A)
Bookies Odds: Wealdstone Win 13/10; the Draw 13/5; Slough Town Win 21/10
Prediction: A tough ask, but Rebels must get the better of their near neighbours if they are to harbour realistic hopes of challenging for the play-offs.
Wealdstone 1 - 2 Slough Town