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April award is Gordon's next target

PUBLISHED: 15:12 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 August 2010

By Matthew Webb WEALDSTONE boss Gordon Bartlett has won the Ryman Premier manager of the month award for December – and challenged his team to help him collect another in April. Bartlett claimed the award after the Stones picked up four wins and a draw fr

By Matthew Webb

WEALDSTONE boss Gordon Bartlett has won the Ryman Premier manager of the month award for December - and challenged his team to help him collect another in April.

Bartlett claimed the award after the Stones picked up four wins and a draw from five matches last month, moving up to fourth place in the process with games in hand over all their promotion rivals.

The Stones manager was delighted with the award, pointing out that a similar accolade at the end of the season would probably mean that his team are firmly in the promotion shake-up.

"It's a long time since the manager of the month award has come my way and although it has my name on it, I feel it's more about recognition of the hard work and dedication shown by all the staff and players during the first half of the season," Bartlett explained.

"It's a good way to finish 2009, but we must now concentrate and build on these foundations and then hopefully I might pick up the award again at the end of April.

"That normally means your team have been successful and that's what it's all about."

Stones, who remain fourth in the Premier Division table, were denied an opportunity to make up ground on the leaders on Saturday when referee Alf Field pronounced the Grosvenor Vale pitch unplayable just two hours before they had been due to take on Ashford Town (Middx).


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