True Blue: Do Wealdstone have the strength to overcome new year blip?

PUBLISHED: 10:30 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:33 13 January 2014

Gordon Bartlett

Gordon Bartlett

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During the course of a long season every team, no matter how good or talented they may be, goes through a blip. Sometimes this can turn into a seriously prolonged dodgy spell. Complete consistency is impossible for any club at any level – but try telling some fans that.

Gordon Bartlett knew full well that Wealdstone’s unbeaten run would, sooner or later, come to an end. Luck, suspensions, the ‘rub of the green’ as it used to be called has a habit of evening itself out over the course of a season and so it is proving with the Stones. There are many factors that can impact positive momentum and one has been the recent bad weather.

Coming into the enforced and hugely frustrating rash of match postponements over the new year period Stones were on a roll, but as I type up this blog we haven’t yet won a game in 2014, losing at home to Hampton & Richmond and away to Canvey Island – both sides that are currently outside of the play-off group of clubs.

Hampton are undoubtedly a team that are in form but Canvey are struggling, making that 2-3 defeat even more disappointing, particularly as we were leading with only six minutes left on the clock. But then again Stones have never beaten the Gulls away from home…

The key to a title-winning side is a super strong mentality and the ability to react positively to a few poor results. I have every confidence that this Wealdstone side will bounce back quickly and get back into their stride but no one said that gaining the single automatic promotion place was going to be an easy task to achieve.

It was always going to be a massive achievement for any side but with the talent we have within the squad this campaign it is one that Wealdstone are capable of.

Talk of the weather and fixture pile ups brings me to a point made by our chairman recently. Leading managers at the top Premier League clubs call for fewer games and more rest for their players. That said, it is hard to have too much sympathy for full-time players who are provided with the best pre- and post-match physical care sporting science can bring, are trained to the minute and live lives the rest of us could only dream about.

If only this was the case lower down. In the non-league world, our players will be expected to cram all these games in, without complaining, while continuing to work during the day and train perhaps once a week.

Not that you can’t be successful through a period of too many matches. Momentum and desire can be great factors in overcoming fatigue. But it does make it more difficult for those chasing glory.

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