Percival hails ‘important’ victory for Wealdstone against Hampton

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 October 2018

Wealdstone played Hampton & Richmond on Non-League Day (pic Geoff Smith/top-pic photography)

Wealdstone played Hampton & Richmond on Non-League Day (pic Geoff Smith/top-pic photography)

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Stones beat Beavers 2-1 at Grosvenor Vale on Saturday

Mike Percival believes Wealdstone’s 2-1 victory at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Vanarama National League South was a big statement for the hosts with so many players out through injury.

Stones clambered up to fourth place in the table with the victory, thanks to early goals from David Pratt and Bradley Bubb

In a frantic first 15 minutes, Hampton then pulled one back, but were unable to restore parity after being reduced to 10 men when Casey Maclaren was dismissed in the second half.

In a dramatic match, Danny Green even missed a penalty for the Grosvenor Vale outfit in between the goals from Pratt and Bubb.

And assistant manager Percival was delighted with what he felt was a crucial victory for Wealdstone in the league.

“Getting three points was so important because it moved us into the top five and we were able to beat a team near us in the table,” Percival told the club website.

“People would have seen the players on the sidelines and in terms of balance, it wasn’t that we had to scratch a team together, but we were missing some key players.

“Pratty has come back and played 90 minutes after being out for four weeks, and things like that make the win even more special.”

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