True blue: Little by little, Wealdstone’s season gathers pace
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 August 2013
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Wealdstone blogger Craig Whitehead reflects on a thumping win over rivals Enfield, and a spectacular contribution by one man in particular
Bank Holiday Monday, the sun is shining and it’s a local derby - what more could you ask for five games into the season?
After drawing our first three games and then beating Hampton & Richmond and Harrow Borough, the season was now in full swing. Monday’s visit of Enfield was not only about bragging rights, it was also the chance to claim three points and move further up the table.
Enfield started the game well; for a team that was beaten 4-0 by Wealdstone a year ago, it was startling to see a team dominate so well. There was agony when Enfield scored, a big centre-forward popping up and converting an un-marked header. It was a good finish, but poor marking, something that has been evident in the first few games.
So it was good to see that our manager Gordon Bartlett changed things up and took off Peter Dean for Glen Little, part of the ‘dad’s army’ we have at Wealdstone at the moment.
Little, who is 37 years old, showed his class and experience, changing the pace of the Wealdstone team from dull and lifeless to a team full of excitement, pace and energy.
Little seems to play with so little effort, being able to pass the ball around, finding players and places to move the game forward.
I’m confused as to what position Little plays, it seems to be between a defensive and attacking midfielder. Either way he does it all so well.
If Little along with a few other plays can keep themselves fit, it should be another year of excitement down at Wealdstone.
Wealdstone play with such an excitement as times, it’s no wonder they are tipped to go up from this league.
On Monday, keeper Noel Imber kept Enfield in the game, and without him the result could have been far worse for them.
If Wealdstone can continue to dominate teams in the same manner, it should be very interesting to see if this is a successful season.
Ultimately my view is that Wealdstone require a bit more pace up front to be the finished article. With two strikers who are over 30, I believe a young forward who can get goals would be the missing piece of the jigsaw. We are now 5 games into the season only another 39 games to go until the end of the season. As they say with football, it’s a game of two halves and Monday was a prime example of this.
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