Sep 28 2012 By Jon Batham
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WES Parker issued a stern warning to his Wealdstone troops this week in the wake of their FA Cup exit to Lowestoft – ‘pretty boys win nothing.’
The Stones skipper admitted the defeat at the hands of the Trawlerboys illustrated their current brand of neat possession style football does not work against the likes of the men from Suffolk, who are their chief rivals for Ryman League title honours this season.
Recent history would suggest the former Boston and Gainsborough Trinity defender has a point.
The two sides promoted last year, Billericay and Hornchurch, played a similar strong, organised, high tempo style of football to that employed by Lowestoft this time around, while other sides promoted in recent seasons like AFC Wimbledon and Hampton & Richmond were not renowned as exponents of the beautiful game.
Parker says it is a lesson his side must heed and change accordingly if they want to realise their dreams of promotion this season.
He said: “We are trying to play out from the back, but we have got no plan B. It’s all fine and dandy being able to play backwards, forwards whatever, but if it is not working we need something different.
“Okay we beat Hornchurch last year, but the likes of them and Billericay, and now Lowestoft, play one way. They are direct, good organised teams and we fail to break them down.
“If we want to be competitive and get out of this league we need to be able to do something different to be able to beat teams like that.
Asked if that meant moving hell and high water to bring in a big target man in the mould of Lowestoft’s Jack Defty, Parker said: “It’s not for me to say we need a big guy up front to play too – that’s the gaffer’s shout as he brings people in. But in non-league football, yes it is nice being able to pass it and stuff – it looks pretty – but reality-wise is it going to get you out of this league playing nice pretty football on winter pitches that are boggy? No.”