The Angels face arguably on paper at least their toughest assignment of the season so far when they travel to Grosvenor Vale to face league leaders Wealdstone FC this Saturday (26th October) with a 3:00pm kick off.
Their hosts are currently five points clear from second place Hemel Hempstead with 33 points from 13 League games having won 11 times with just two defeats. Despite their excellent league record there will have been some disappointment when they went out of the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round in a home replay against Maidenhead Utd on Tuesday evening. Having gained a very creditable draw at away at York Road against the National League side last Saturday, some might have thought the hard work was done, but as so often the case perhaps the Stones needed to do it first time round.
Founded in 1889, Wealdstone joined the Athenian League in 1928, and then the Isthmian League in 1964. They won the prestigious FA Amateur Cup in 1966 beating local rivals Hendon and then five years later the club turned professional joining the Southern League. In 1979 they were founder members of the Alliance Premier League, todays National League and then in 1984 their most successful year to date they were league champions and won the FA Trophy.
The club then entered into a temporary period of decline due to the loss of their ground and some financially disastrous ground sharing arrangements. In 2004 they found themselves back in the Isthmian Premier and in 2008 identified Grosvenor Vale as their permanent home. After taking part in some promotion battles the ultimate was at last achieved in 2013-14 when they won the Isthmian League title and were promoted to National South.
Having stabilised in the 2nd tier over the last few seasons it now appears they are ready for that promotion challenge back to the National League itself.
Ironically, the Angels and Stones swapped places in 2014 with the former being relegated back to Isthmian Premier. The last time the two sides met was on 26th March 2011 at Longmead when Ade Olorunda scored twice in a 2-0 win as the Angels progressed eventually to promotion to Conference South via the play offs.