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Plenty to please long-serving Bartlett

PUBLISHED: 16:56 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010

Gordon Bartlett

Gordon Bartlett

By Ben Kosky GORDON Bartlett celebrated 14 years in charge of the Stones – and he s got good reason to feel optimistic about the 15th as well. The Wealdstone boss was presented with a commemorative crystal decanter and hip flask to mark his lengthy stint

By Ben Kosky

GORDON Bartlett celebrated 14 years in charge of the Stones - and he's got good reason to feel optimistic about the 15th as well.

The Wealdstone boss was presented with a commemorative crystal decanter and hip flask to mark his lengthy stint at the club before Saturday's testimonial against Watford at Grosvenor Vale.

And the way Bartlett's boys performed against a strong Watford side, in front of a 700-strong crowd, suggests there may be more to celebrate before the Vale dugout becomes vacant again.

Many of the squad that finished seventh in the Ryman Premier Division last season shone again, with Kieron Forbes and Marvin McCoy both catching the eye on the right-hand side and defender Alan Massey keeping the Watford attack under wraps.

Danny Graham gave the Hornets the lead, though, and Tamas Priskin netted a penalty before Nathan Ellington scored a late third for the visitors.

But the Stones gained greater reward for their endeavours on Tuesday, when their former striker Jermaine Beckford returned with Leeds United - and suffered a shock 2-1 defeat.

Tresor Kandol put Leeds in front with a header midway through the first half, but Kieron Forbes smashed in the equaliser just before the break.

Beckford, who had earlier forced a good save from Sean Thomas, went off during the second half and the Stones took advantage to claim a deserved 64th-minute winner through trialist Ross Lafeite.


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