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National League South: Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett disappointed after defeat at St Albans City

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 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 suffered first loss of season as they went down to Saints in league

Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett was a frustrated man after his side’s 2-1 defeat at St Albans City in the National League South.

Josh Hill had fired Stones ahead at Clarence Park, before Sam Merson equalised for the hosts.

City then had Tom Bender dismissed for a deliberate handball in the box, but Elliot Benyon could not convert the subsequent spot kick for the visitors.

Despite being a man light, St Albans then went on to score a winner through Zane Banton, with Bartlett a disappointed man at full time.

“We dominated it for long periods and we got caught on the counter,” admitted Bartlett.

“Young Ciaron (Brown) will hold his hands up for the first goal. It was probably the first time St Albans got in the box in the first 45 minutes.

“It was disappointing go in at 1-1. You come out all guns blazing and want to try to get yourself in front. We needed three points from that game.

“There were a couple of opportunities before we got the penalty. The difference between success and failure is maybe three inches.

“If we’d have scored that, we’d have continued to be dominant. It’s a lifeline, a lad’s got sent off and full credit to St Albans then, the work ethic and spirit among their side was very impressive.”

• Additional reporting by Neil Metcalfe.

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