By James Lavelle
Three games into the season, Wealdstone had just one point on the board and had shipped five goals in a home game against Stockport. That wasn’t the start that was expected, and since then we haven’t seen them carry on as expected.
However, they will be feeling a lot happier about what has happened since then.
Five straight wins, including their last two with clean sheets attached, have put Wealdstone up into second position in the National League, a fantastic start for a team that is not expected to be towards the top of the table at the end of the season.
For a team who achieved promotion via points per game last season, things could not have gone better. The question for the players now is simply, can they keep this up?
Newly Promoted & Starting with No Expectations
A step up the footballing ladder this summer left Wealdstone with no expectations coming into the new season. They of course didn’t want to get relegated, and believed they wouldn’t, but other than that nothing was really set for the team.
Their start showed them just how tough the National League can be, not only did they not win, but they also conceded and that needed to turn around.
It did so in dramatic fashion, with five wins on the bounce taking them right towards the top of the league.
With games getting postponed on a regular basis due to Covid-19, the league table will likely look a little lopsided all season, but all Wealdstone need to do is keep putting points on the board like they have done so far.
Should they remain in this vein of form, expectations will eventually come but for now, this team can continue to play in the carefree manner we have seen for the past few weeks.
Tough Run Set to Test Wealdstone Over the Coming Weeks
The next few weeks will really see where Wealdstone is and what we can expect from them in the future.
They play Eastleigh, Sutton, Notts County and Torquay in their next four games, four teams that have started fairly well and four that are expected to be in the top half at least, if not challenging for promotion.
Six points from these games would be fine, they are very tough. Any more than that, and we may have to start upping the expectations for this Wealdstone team quicker than expected, as that would really propel them into the spotlight.
Whatever happens, as we move into December, we should have a much better grip on this team and where they are expected to go in the future.
The Chances of Promotion?
The simple answer for this would be to wait until December and see where this team is. The fact is that they have proved a lot of people wrong just by putting together these five wins, regardless of what happens next.
They are certainly not going to be the pushovers that some thought they would be this summer, but now it is time to see them up against the big boys.
Anyone backing them at big odds with the bookmakers will certainly be hoping they are in contention later in the season. Virgin Bet is one of many online bookmakers that accept football bets which go down as far as the National League, for those thinking of backing Wealdstone, or someone else for promotion.
With a good start, there is hope for Wealdstone fans that this could be a good season, however, at the same time we are also likely to learn a lot about them over the coming weeks when they are thoroughly tested.