Stuart Maynard looked at the positives after a below-par away performance in the FA Trophy by Wealdstone in their 1-0 win over Chelmsford City in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Tahvon Campbell’s second-half strike proved to be the difference as the Stones progressed to the last 16 and Maynard was keen to focus on his side’s ability to grind out results.

“Being totally honest, I thought it was one of our worst performances this season,” he told the club’s media channel.

“I said to the players before the game that performance levels when you come into the cup don’t really matter. Performance levels: When you keep performing at a high level, results come, and this was one of those games.

“The pitch - when we turned up here, it was bobbly. We knew that we wouldn’t be able to be as fluent as we possibly would want to be.

"They [Chelmsford] sat in a low block, similar to how Ebbsfleet did, so the pitch being as bobbly as it was, it was very hard to get through that first phase, but once we got through that, I think we controlled the game.”

Despite the victory, the performance stagnated at times, but Maynard remained firmly of the stance that not all wins can be of significant quality.

“For us as a management team, we want to take away the random element as a game, and I think if you look at today’s game, you’ll see that it was very random,” he added when asked whether it can be nice to win ugly.

“We probably could have scored three or four, but they probably could have scored three or four. Not as in clear efforts, but balls in the box.

"We want to take that randomness out of the game of football, and that’s why when we’re possession-based and we control the game from minute one, we can control that random element.

“We knew today wasn’t going to be easy. Chelmsford are flying in their league, and I wish them luck. Hopefully they can get promoted, and next season we could potentially be playing against them.

"But it’s not a performance that I come away from and say that it was a great performance. It’s a win, and we’ve won a game of football - that's what matters.”

Having been handed a home tie against north London neighbours Hendon in Monday's draw, Maynard’s attention now turns to domestic duties as the Stones make the long trip north on Saturday to face seventh-placed Rochdale, who have lost just one of their previous five National League fixtures.