Wealdstone blog: Could still be a season to be Jolly
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Saturday matches an ever improving Wealdstone side against a Maidenhead United team led by former QPR striker DJ Campbell.
That statement is correct and all the more amazing that this time last year the player was taking the pitch in championship matches for Millwall.
After the last nine years where he has played in the top two leagues of English football, he has hit the ground running for the Maidenhead doing what he does best, scoring goals.
Saturday should be an interesting game with Maidenhead sitting sixth in the table and the Stones just outside the relegation zone, so most fans would suggest a draw between these two sides.
After what feels like an international break, Wealdstone will want to get back to league business after an impressive showing last weekend.
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With the new signings in the side in the shape of Connor Calcutt, a loan singing from Stevenage FC, who looks like a good shrewd move by Gordon Bartlett.
Hitting the back of the net has been a problem for the team this season and Connor who scored 41 goals in 52 games last year scored twice on his debut last week against Hampton & Richmond.
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Providing Calcutt gets quality service from the wide players this could be one of the best signings of the season. One thing that has been lacking this season is attacking players who want to run at defenders, could this be the answer?
The recent news that Richard Jolly has returned to training with Wealdstone after a season away from football, could also bring smiles back to stones fans.
Jolly, a cult figure from his time with the club would be welcomed back by the fans if the move is completed – he is due to play against Hendon in a friendly match on Monday night.
Meanwhile, signing a player like Matt Ball from Farnborough, a player with an eye for a goal, gives the central midfield area more strength and quality.
I believe that if Ball can transfer the form that saw him score twice against Wealdstone earlier this season, the second half of the season could be very impressive for his new club.
While I think any sort of promotion push is long shot, with the new signings I’m confident of a mid-table finish.