True Blue: McGleish the hero for Wealdstone, but can they keep him?
PUBLISHED: 13:34 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:35 25 November 2013
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It was another good weekend for Wealdstone with a fourth straight league win against Leiston, a team who Stones had also defeated a few weeks ago in the FA Trophy.
A brace from striker Scott McGleish and a goal from midfielder Tom Pett secured a comfortable 3-1 win at The Vale.
The three points meant that Wealdstone moved up to third place in the Ryman League Premier Division, only three points behind joint leaders Kingstonian with games in hand over them and the other top team, AFC Hornchurch.
Stones’ exciting brand of progressive passing football is certainly catching the eye this season, but the pressure is gradually mounting to secure top spot themselves to avoid slipping once again into the lottery of the end-of-season play-offs where they have come a tragic cropper in the last two campaigns.
Can Stones do it this season? We certainly believe that we have the players that will make the difference this campaign, although there is always the unexpected to deal with – something Stones’ hugely experienced manager of 18 years, Gordon Bartlett, is fully used to.
As an example: Just when striker McGleish has started finding the target again regularly it was revealed last week that he is on the shortlist for the vacant Enfield manager’s job.
So not only could we lose Scott, he could also be lining up against us as a player on Boxing Day! As I type this blog this is all speculation of course but we should all know very soon if Scott has been successful. Mind you we cannot complain too much as we took him from rivals Enfield in the first place! Such is the world of non-league football.
But crunch-time approaches for Stones as they soon face a very challenging run of games in the league after an interesting distraction in the form of a League Cup match against local rivals Harrow Borough on Tuesday evening.
No-one will want to lose this one and with the Reds on the up of late they will expect to cause an ‘upset’ but with all due respect this competition is nonetheless a low key side show to the main event of the league. Stones small available squad that is not cup-tied will be fully tested.
On Saturday, Wealdstone travel to south London to face a side that, pre-season, I tipped to be the dark horses for the title and are fast gaining a reputation for playing some great attacking football.
According to Gordon Bartlett, Dulwich Hamlet are ‘different’ to all other teams in the division. They are certainly not unbeatable as Harrow Borough proved – but - make no mistake this will be a litmus test for Stones and a good result will provide a firm platform for the rigours of bogey side Lowestoft et al.
These are certainly fascinating and entertaining times for all Stones fans!
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