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Bartlett: Signings of Daniel Brown and Shaun Lucien key to recent form

PUBLISHED: 10:54 17 October 2014

Wealdstone midfielder Shaun Lucien

Wealdstone midfielder Shaun Lucien

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Wealdstone will be looking to secure their first home win of the season when they entertain league leaders Basingstoke Town at Grosvenor Vale on Saturday.

Wealdstone midfielder Luke O'NienWealdstone midfielder Luke O'Nien

A 2-1 win against Weston-super-Mare, followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Havant and Waterlooville, was enough to move the Stones off the bottom of the league table, up to 18th.

A recent 4-1 friendly win against Metropolitan Police on their home patch thanks to a hat-trick from Joe Turner and goal from Jonny Wright has boss Gordon Bartlett confident that his side can continue their recent good run of form.

He said: “It certainly doesn’t get any easier. When we played Havant they were top of the league and since then Basingstoke have replaced them up there and we play them this weekend.”

Bartlett said at the start of the season that it would take 10 league matches before he would known what to expect from the league and he believes the additions of Shaun Lucien and Daniel Brown have ignited his team.

Bartlett said: “What we have done is bring in two players who have had an immediate impact in Daniel Brown and Shaun Lucien.

“Daniel is a different type of midfielder than what we had in the squad. He is bigger and stronger.

“Shaun has created three goals since joining us. We were getting in these positions before but the quality of the delivery wasn’t there.

“Shaun has produced that quality from the wide area and if you can get the ball in the penalty area then your strikers have got a much better chance of scoring.

“This is the highest level that Shaun has played at and his arrival has ignited the likes of Joe Turner, who scored at hat-trick in the friendly match on Saturday.

“Joe was very good at driving across the ground and was very positive.”

Enoch Showunmi is still working his way up to full fitness but Bartlett is keen for the former Leeds United striker to make his presence felt on the field in the same way that Brown and Lucien have done.

He said: “Enoch didn’t have a proper pre-season so he is playing catch-up.

“We haven’t really got time to wait for new signings to get fit.

“When you are down at the bottom you really need the players you bring in to have an impact from the start.”

Bartlett is still keen to add more new faces to his squad and is pleased with the progress of Luke O’Nien, who is on a season-lomg loan from Watford.

Bartlett said: “Luke nearly has to be dragged off the training pitch. He trains with Watford during the day and then with us.

“I said to Watford that players joining us from professional teams gain a lot because they are playing in competitive matches in front of a crowd.

“Marvin Sordell, Theo Robinson, Britt Assombalonga and Tommie Hoban all enjoyed their time with us and with his enthusiam for the game I hope Luke can go on to enjoy the same success.”

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