Wealdstone were held to a 0-0 stalemate on their travels against Bristol Manor Farm in the third qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The best chances for the Stones fell to defender Connor Stevens who hit the post before half-time, while top scorer Ross Lafayette’s penalty was saved in the second period as the Farm earned a replay.
The home side started brightly but the Stones were starting to gain ascendency in the game. Following Jerome Okimo’s cross from the left in the 25th minute, Mendy attempted a trademark left-footed strike from outside the penalty area which flew wide.
An onslaught of attacks from the National League South leaders included efforts from winger Lewis, centre-half Okimo and midfielder Billy Clifford were blocked and saved by Farm ‘keeper Ben John.
The Farm had a chance to break the deadlock three minutes before the interval when Jamie Bird was set through on-goal but Stevens was able to chase down and intercept the strike.
Just shy of the hour-mark and the Stones were awarded a penalty after Stevens was hacked down in the 18-yard box.
After various altercations, Lafayette’s penalty was low to John’s right and he was equal to the effort to keep the tie goalless.
Both teams looked to push and progress to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, but the match finished goalless and a replay will decide the result of this tie.
The Stones will next to in action this Tuesday at The Vale against Bristol Manor Farm in the FA Cup third qualifying round replay, kick-off will be at 7:45pm.
Picture courtesy of Wealdstone FC