Six-goal salvo's just the tonic for Gordon
PUBLISHED: 17:53 30 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 24 August 2010
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By Ian Cooper WEALDSTONE manager Gordon Bartlett is calling for more of the same after his side s 6-0 annihilation of local rivals Harrow Borough on Saturday. James Gray and Ryan Ashe led a stunning display with two goals each in front of a season high at
By Ian Cooper
WEALDSTONE manager Gordon Bartlett is calling for more of the same after his side's 6-0 annihilation of local rivals Harrow Borough on Saturday.
James Gray and Ryan Ashe led a stunning display with two goals each in front of a season high attendance of 780 as Stones took Borough apart in ruthless fashion at Grosvenor Vale.
Lee Chappell chipped in with a glorious second-half strike, while Harrow defender Danny Leech headed into his own net, as Borough's afternoon went from bad to worse.
"We needed a performance in this match after the run we've been on, having lost a few games," said Bartlett.
"I said at the start of the season that I expected us to finish at least in the top half, and this is the sort of performance I was looking for. If we can get a good run of games going, we can be right up there come the end of the season.
"Even at half-time, we knew we had to drive on and take every opportunity that came our way, and we did that."
The crushing win cemented Wealdstone's place in the play-off hunt in the Ryman League Premier Division, in stark contrast to their shell-shocked neighbours, who find themselves in the relegation fight, just six points off the bottom.
With Wealdstone running the show from the first minute, Ashe set the ball rolling in the 17th minute with an absolute rocket.
Picking the ball up 25 yards out, he unleashed a dipping, swerving drive that flew past the helpless Andray Baptiste into the top corner.
It was a stunning strike, and Borough were still reeling when they conceded a second. This time marauding midfielder Kevin Forbes was the architect, slipping a neat ball into the path of Gray, and the Yorkshireman slotted home underneath the goalkeeper.
And it was soon 3-0, as Gray seized on a defensive error to charge through and double his tally, and leave the home fans in dreamland.
Jonathan Constant replaced Miles Jones at the break for Harrow as they attempted to claw their way back into the contest, but the hosts picked up where they had left off, and soon added a fourth.
Chappell's long throw caused panic in the Borough defence, and Leech could only send his attempted clearing header over his own keeper and neatly into the bottom corner to put the match well beyond the visitors' reach.
With the rampant Stones camped in the Harrow half, Chappell capped a classy display with a stunning strike, flicking the ball up 30 yards out and unleashing a ferocious drive into the top corner.
But the home side saved the best for last with a goal of superb quality. A flowing passing move ripped the Borough back line apart, and Ashe was on hand to thrash in the sixth.
Wealdstone: Thomas, Martin, Chappell, Locke, Massey, Ashe, Forbes, O'Leary, Haule, Gray, Spendlove. Subs: Ngoyi, Hicks, Floweday.
Harrow Borough: Baptiste, Dahl, Walters, Jinadu, Highton, Frempong, McGonigle, Clarke, Jones, Hall. Subs: Constant, Noel, Morlese.