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Winning run goes on and on as Wealdstone win in Somerset

PUBLISHED: 16:30 08 March 2017

Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett. Picture: ALAN PALMER

Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett. Picture: ALAN PALMER

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Wealdstone extended their winning run in the Vanarama National League South with a 2-1 win at Weston-super-Mare – although like Saturday they had to come from behind to do it.

Goals from Joe White and Elliott Godfrey cancelled out Dayle Grubb’s first half effort and moved the Stones up to ninth in the table.

It made it five straight league wins and seven without defeat.

Gordon Bartlett named the same starting line-up that beat Gosport Borough at the weekend and they started the game on top, forcing Luke Parnell in the Weston goal into a string of impressive saves.

Stoppages in play with injuries to Sam Cox, and the referee Andrew Laver, upset the Stones momentum and the home side started to build-up some possession.

And they took the lead on 32 minutes when Grubb ran through the Stones area unchallenged to slot past Jonathan North, with the aid of a slight deflection.

Not long after this the referee’s injury forced him off and after a break of almost 15 minutes, a spectator, and qualified FA linesman, was found to allow the game to continue.

The second half saw Wealdstone significantly up the tempo and they were level early on as White got his second goal in as many games, toe-poking a Aryan Tajbakhsh cross through a crowd of bodies.

Manager Gordon Bartlett praised his side’s “grit, resilience and energy” after the match and it was those three qualities that epitomised Godfrey’s winner.

Played through by Danny Green, the Canadian midfielder twice lost control of the ball on the edge of the area before retrieving off Jake Lee to poke the ball past Parnell and send the away fans into raptures.

Weston had a couple of chances to level, both falling to Bradley Ash. But the first hit the side netting while the second rattled the crossbar.

Wealdstone: North, Oshodi, Brown, Mavila, Hamblin, Godfrey (McGleish 90), Green, Cox, White, Wellard, Tajbakhsh

Subs (not used): Lafleur, Gibson, Walker, Koroma

Goals: White 49, Godfrey 81

Attendance: 380

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