Wealdstone hotshot predicts more competition for places

PUBLISHED: 13:30 14 November 2012

Alex Dyer

Alex Dyer

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Wealdstone midfielder Alex Dyer expects increased pressure to retain his place in the side despite his current purple patch in front of goal.

Dyer’s equaliser against Corby Town on Saturday was his seventh strike in the last five games and his eighth of the season – more than any other Stones player bar centre-forward Richard Jolly.

And, while the team have recorded eight wins from their last 10 matches, the 22-year-old says there is no complacency in the camp.

“The manager’s said he’s got a few loan players lined up,” Dyer told the Times. “At the moment there haven’t been any long suspensions or long-term injuries, but they’re going to come.

“Players that are on the bench are pushing us hard in training or when they come on, so we all know we have to perform. No-one’s thinking he’s going to play every week, so there’s better competition.

“The last couple of seasons we haven’t started well – we’ve always been fighting to get into the play-offs, so it’s nice to have kicked off better this time.

“At the start of the season I was playing a bit deeper. I’d been aiming for 10 goals by Christmas, but after 10 games and no goals I felt I might need to revise that!

“I spoke with the manager and he wanted me to play higher up and get myself in the box. I’ve had nothing like this run before and I’m pretty confident at the moment that if I get a chance I can stick it away.”

Wealdstone travel to Corby for their FA Trophy replay on Wednesday night and victory will set up a home clash with neighbours Hayes & Yeading United in the first round on November 24.

Hendon were without three of last season’s top four scorers as they drew a blank in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw at Lewes.

The Greens, who remain in the bottom two on goal difference, played well with Dean Cracknell, Scott Cousins and Darren Currie – making his first appearance in two months – all prominent.

Their best chance came as early as the second minute when Michael Murray sent Isaiah Rankin into space, but the striker fired wide of the target.

Harrow Borough slumped to their third league defeat in a row as they lost 2-0 at Enfield Town.

Jon Hunt broke the deadlock with a 65th-minute drive from distance and 10 minutes later Adam Wallace pounced on a defensive error, riding the challenge of Elvijs Putnins to score Town’s second goal.

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