Sep 10 2012 By Jon Batham
FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND: Wealdstone 2; Biggleswade Town 0
Jolly struck for the first time in four matches, while Dean broke his duck for the season as Stones banished painful memories of their exit to Beaconsfield at the same stage 12 months earlier.
Jolly also hit both crossbar and post, while Wes Parker too struck wood for the hosts who might have won more comfortably.
Stones showed just one change from last week’s draw with Whitehawk as Alex Dyer returned from his groin injury in place of Tommy Brewer, Dyer slotting into midfield with Scott Mccubbin reverting to right-back.
The hosts should have led on four minutes when Lee Chappell’ s devilish cross from the right found Richard Jolly unmarked at the far post, but the normally lethal marksman lifted his first time shot and it crashed against the crossbar and away to safety.
Biggleswade responded almost immediately as Craig Daniel’s pace took him beyond both host centre-backs but Rikki Banks got his angles right to block the resulting shot with an outstretched foot.
Boss Gordon Bartlett had savaged Stones’ final ball against Whitehawk and his words seemed to have been heeded as Chappell tossed another decent cross into the mix on 12 minutes which Kurtney Brooks fired wide.
However, the breakthrough came on 18 minutes when McCubbin sent Peter Dean away down the right and when his cross picked out Jolly once more the Stones’ talisman atoned for his earlier error to side-foot home from six yards.
Brooks headed out a dangerous cross at the other end midway through the half, before Tom Pett saw his shot deflected behind at the other end.
The resulting corner saw Parker head against the bar and Dean’s follow-up effort was blocked before a free-kick brought the overworked Town defence some relief.
Brett Donnelley sounded a warning to the hosts it was not over yet with a close range header just over the bar 10 minutes from the break, but Stones were soon back on the attack.
Dean started the threat with a gorgeous back heel to set Dyer galloping forward and when the ball arrived at the far post Pett fired in a shot deflected to safety and soon afterwards Jolly headed against the post from another excellent delivery from the right.
However for all Stones’ dominance Biggleswade might have gone in level had Lee Allinson’s stoppage-time free-kick not drifted just the wrong side of a post.
The second goal Stones needed came on 49 minutes. Brooks was the architect with a smart ball over the top for Jolly who poked the ball beyond the keeper and Dean followed up to slide the ball over the line.
Biggleswade responded well and should have halved the deficit just two minutes later when Daniel’s cross from the left found Donnelley in acres of space, but the giant centre-forward headed a golden chance wide.
Despite suffering from cramp Dean was close to his second with 10 minutes left and the hard working front-man then almost embarrassed McEntegart direct from a corner, the keeper tipping the set piece over.
At the other end Banks prevented a nervous last few minutes and kept Stones’ clean sheet in-tact with a brilliant diving stop from substitute Jamie Arlick’s flick header.