WEALDSTONE will be hoping to burst Farnborough's bubble when the two sides meet in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy at Cherrywood Road on Saturday.

Farnborough are five points clear at the top of the Southern Premier League, having won their tenth game at Evesham last Saturday 2-1.

They have drawn their three other league games, while their sole defeat in all competitions so far was last month's 4-2 FA Cup fourth qualifying round reversal to Salisbury City.

Wealdstone, who were due to host Cray Wanderers of the Ryman Premier last night (Tuesday) as the Gazette went to press, last reached the first round proper of the Trophy the season before last, where they lost 1-0 to Weymouth.

The winner of Saturday's match will bank £4,000. Both sides are on excellent form.

Stones have yet to lose on the road this season, although manager Gordon Bartlett says that could have changed had last Saturday's league game at Margate been given the go-ahead.

The match was cancelled 20 minutes before kick-off because of high winds and driving rain. "The weather was awful and the game would have been a farce had it gone ahead," Bartlett said.

"Charlie Mpi, one of the fastest players in our squad, said there was no way he could even run against the wind, that's how strong it was.

"I feel sorry for the supporters who travelled a long way and can understand their frustrations.

"But we would all feel a lot more sorry for ourselves had we played in those conditions and got beaten.

The skill level of the afternoon would not have been taken into account."

This weekend, Bartlett reckons his side will thrive as the underdogs following their recent FA Cup defeat to League Two side Rotherham United.

"Whereas Rotherham were big, strong and aerial, Farnborough are a much different proposition," he said.

"They play very sharp on an excellent surface and are sailing at the top of their league.

"They are the big spenders of the non-league at the present time, but there is no pressure on us.

"We want to give a good account of ourselves and we'll go there in a positive frame of mind."

Stones will be boosted by the return of striker Greg Ngoyi after a three match ban.