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Wealdstone putting together ‘something to build on’ after St Albans City win

PUBLISHED: 09:52 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 01 March 2017

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett. Picture: ALAN PALMER

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett. Picture: ALAN PALMER

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Gordon Bartlett has one eye on the future after Wealdstone picked up a 3-0 success at St Albans City – their fifth league game without defeat.

Joe White, Thomas Hamblin and Danny Green netted to lift Stones up to 11th in the Vanarama National League South.

And this run, with three straight wins coming after two draws, has seen them keep four successive clean sheets.

And it is that which is pleasing the boss the most.

He said: “We were leaking goals a month ago and we’re now six unbeaten and kept five clean sheets. That gives you satisfaction and something to build up because if you keep it tight, you give yourself a chance.

“Since Tom Hamblin has come back into the side he’s been outstanding. He’s had a lot of injuries this year. And Ciaron Brown, he’s only young but he went to centre-half and did a good job.

“It’s not great on the eye where you think it’s really good, flowing football but we’ve shown a dogged determination and grit that’s been missing this season.”

After a summer of change, which also brought very high hopes, Bartlett now thinks the foundations are being laid for the future.

He said: “There’s a lot of criticism flying around, and rightly so because we’ve underachieved with the ability we’ve got in this group.

“But we’re just starting to show the other side of the game that you need to get results.

“I think we’ve blown the play-offs a couple of weeks ago but we’re now looking at getting more wins than losses and can we get a plus goal difference. And if you can do that who knows where it will take you.

“If we finish on a high, that bodes well for next season. It’s not just about one season. I think there was a lot of hype at the beginning of the season and expectations went too high, too quickly. And we’ve under-performed.

“It’s a good group of players but the blend has not been quite right. We’ve added a bit of steel and we’ve gone a bit more compact and defensive and therefore we’ve stopped conceding goals.”

He also had praise for on-loan Dagenham & Redbridge striker White, who opened the scoring for the Stones at Clarence Park.

“In full fairness to Joe, he’s absolutely worked his socks off and fully deserves his goal tonight,” said Bartlett. “He’s ploughing a lone furrow up front because I feel we need to consolidate in the middle of the park.

“But he’s doing a great job for the side and that allows Aryan Tajbakhsh, Ricky Wellard and Daniel Green to hopefully go and support him and creating things.”

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