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National League South: Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett looks for better at Gloucester City

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 August 2017

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Stones were beaten 2-1 by St Albans City on Tuesday night to suffer their first defeat of the season

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett will hope his side can pick themselves up from a National League South defeat on Tuesday in time for Saturday’s trip to Gloucester City.

Stones were beaten for the first time this season in midweek, going down 2-1 at St Albans City.

Josh Hill opened the scoring for Bartlett’s men against his former club, but Sam Merson equalised for the Saints.

The hosts then had Tom Bender sent off for a deliberate handball in the box, though Elliot Benyon missed the resulting penalty for Wealdstone.

The Grosvenor Vale club were unable to make their man advantage tell, before Zane Banton produced a moment of magic to score the winner for City.

The task for Bartlett now is to pick his team up for the next game on Saturday, but the Stones boss admits his team may still be smarting by the time they kick off at Gloucester.

“The result will hurt for some time until you get your next win. The disappointment is you come here for a local derby after a win on Saturday and we fancy ourselves to be in and around the play-offs,” said Bartlett.

“These are the games from which you hope to pick something up from, and we go home empty handed.

“The other disappointment is we’ve played for 40 minutes against 10 men and didn’t create enough in that time.

“We moved the ball far too slowly and there was a lack of real desire out there to win the game.”

Stones had started the term on Saturday with a 2-1 win at home to Concord Rangers thanks to goals from Benyon and Dan Fitchett.

However, against St Albans, Wealdstone struggled to carve out chances, despite enjoying much of the ball, much to the anger of Bartlett.

“We didn’t create enough chances, but if you look at possession, we totally and utterly dominated it,” he added,

“Our quality of ball going into the box was extremely poor. The number of times we hit the first man, I would suggest it was about 15 or 20 times when in wide areas.”

Stones host Havant & Waterlooville next Monday.

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