Brennan: There are bigger worries away from the football pitch

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 March 2020

Wealdstone celebrate their equaliser against Chippenham. Picture: Adam Williams

Wealdstone celebrate their equaliser against Chippenham. Picture: Adam Williams


Wealdstone boss Dean Brennan admits there are bigger things to worry about away from the football pitch after the National League suspended games because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Wealdstone in action against Chippenham Town. Picture: Adam WilliamsWealdstone in action against Chippenham Town. Picture: Adam Williams

Despite Premier League and English Football League games being called off prior to last weekend, National League South games were allowed to go ahead as the Stones drew 1-1 away at Chippenham Town.

But the National League has since taken the decision to postpone games until at least April 3, with Wealdstone sitting top of the league by three points with a game in hand.

Although Brennan accepts it is frustrating for his side, he insists that there are more important things to think about off the pitch.

“Some of our lads are drivers, people are getting let off left, right and centre. There’s businesses going under so there’s bigger things to worry about,” he said.

“There’s bigger worries on people’s minds. People have got to pay their bills and the majority of our lads work.

“The football club have overspent in the two previous seasons with a lot of money so this year was a season, which was well-documented before we got the job, it was a big season that we had to consolidate and make sure financially we don’t do anything stupid.

“We’ve managed to do that but we need our gate receipts. We’re getting big gates at the minute for the position we’re in with 1300 or 1400 each game.

“No one seems to speak about non-league clubs which is quite frustrating.

“Everyone talks about the Premier League.

“Whatever happens, the season has to be finished in my eyes.”

The Stones were without a number of key players for their trip to Chippenham, including striker Ross Lafayette who felt unwell before the game.

Scott Twine opened the scoring for the home side in the first half before full-back Michee Efete netted his seventh of the season by slotting under Will Puddy.

Brennan praised Efete’s impact this season, adding: “He’s got a lot of power, he’s a young lad so he’s got a lot of potential and there’s no doubt he can fulfil his potential.

“His goalscoring has been excellent and some of his defending has been excellent as well.”

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