FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND
Kings Langley 1
WEALDSTONE began their FA Cup campaign in style with a 6-1 thrashing of Kings Langley on Saturday.
The Stones managed to record the comfortable win despite having to play a weakened side with key players missing through injury and illness.
Tom Pett was rested, while former Premier League star Glen Little was not risked following a midweek injury, Stefan Bailey was unwell and Jerome Okimo has yet to recover from a knee injury suffered three weeks ago.
Opponents Kings Langley, who play in step six in the Spartan South Midlands Division One three tiers below Wealdstone, sensed the chance for an upset and were the livelier team to start the tie.
But the Stones quickly gelled into shape and broke the deadlock on 18 minutes when Sean Cronin (pictured) headed in from a Jey Siva corner before doubling the lead just a minute later through captain Wes Parker, returning to the first team after injury, as he too headed home a set piece from Siva.
The difference in class began to shine through and the hosts were dominating most of the match, having multiple chances to extend the lead.
Chris Moore went close and Siva saw an effort hit the woodwork but the Stones went into the break only 2-0 up.
With the pitch incline in their favour in the second period, the hosts went on the rampage, first scoring through Parker's second before Scott McGleish tapped home a square ball in the area from Peter Dean.
Shaun Owens managed a consolation for Kings but there was still time for Siva to provide his third assist, Reece Grant the benefactor, before Jack Hutchison completed the scoring with a curled shot.
Despite the win, it was not all good news for Wealdstone as their injury list was added to when Scott McCubbin was forced off with a serious looking injury ten minutes from time.