Wealdstone star Shaun Lucien says Harrow Borough exit was blown out of proportion
PUBLISHED: 14:26 22 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:25 22 October 2014
Wealdstone midfielder Shaun Lucien says his departure from Harrow Borough has been blown out of proportion.
The 22-year-old was shown the exit door by Borough boss Dave Anderson following an on-field argument with Ola Williams during Harrow’s 3-1 defeat at Wingate & Finchley in September.
As a result, both players departed the club – and Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett moved quickly to snap up Lucien, who put in a man of the match performance for the Stones in their 1-0 defeat at home to league leaders Basingstoke Town on Saturday.
Lucien said: “I think it got blown out of proportion. I’m hearing rumours that we nearly came to blows but we weren’t even that close to each other.”
Lucien was not surprised to be released by the club but insists his departure was not solely because of the incident with Williams.
“The season didn’t start well and we’d had talks for a few weeks before that match so I wasn’t surprised to be let go,” he said. “I’m just delighted to be playing for Wealdstone now.”
Lucien admits he was surprised to get the call from Bartlett and shocked to see where the team was sitting in the Conference South table.
“I just played against them last season and I’ve always tried to impress,” he said.
“I spoke to some people after those games but I was quite surprised when it happened.
“I was shocked to see where the team were in the table after playing against them last season.
“They were tough games, they were always quality to play against so I was always confident that I would come and play alongside good players. Hopefully we can start picking up a few more wins.
“Against Basingstoke it wasn’t that we played badly, it was a last-minute goal from a corner that has beaten us.
“I think if we’d got that first goal we would have kicked on and got two or three.
“We didn’t get that goal though, which means the opposition feel like they can go and nick one, which is what they did.”
Lucien added: “We don’t want to be anywhere near the bottom of the league.
“We’ve played against Basingstoke – the team who are top – and we got a draw against Havant and Waterlooville recently, who were also top of their league at the time. We can see that the gap is not that big.
Lucien, from Greenford, spent a year at Brentford before moving into non-league football with Hampton and Richmond Borough before heading on to Uxbridge and then Harrow Borough.
His crossing ability and willingness to take players on has added a much-needed attacking outlet to the Stones line-up, and the youngster is keen to help his new side to move further away from the relegation zone.
Lucien is quickly becoming a crowd favourite at Grosvenor Vale but is more concerned about helping the team than individual praise.
“After the game I’ve noticed the crowd singing my name, but during the match I try to stay focused,” he said.
“I had a feeling that I would do well at this level because I would be playing with better players.
“I think there is a bit more football played at this level than in the Ryman League. I always just try and put the ball in good areas.
“I try to beat my man and then deliver a cross for someone to score a goal. The manager wants me to play my natural game and so far things are going well.”
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