‘We must stay in the top ten’

Stones man­ager sets his team a Christ­mas tar­get FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

El­liott God­frey put through his own net late on for the only goal of the game, en­sur­ing it was three de­feats out of the last four in Na­tional League South for the Stones.

De­spite this, they are still ninth in the table, but un­less their league form turns around, Bartlett will see his aim to be on the fringes of the pro­mo­tion shake-up at Christ­mas slip­ping away.

He said: “We’ve got to get our league sea­son on the right track again – we had a good start but we’ve dropped right off. I want us to be in the top 10 around Christ­mas, then see where we can go from there.

“But I’m con­cerned by the man­ner of the per­for­mances. They say if the per­for­mances are there, re­sults will fol­low, but at the present the per­for­mances are not there ei­ther. The de­sire and de­ter­mi­na­tion needs to be in­creased.”

In a bid to turn things around, Bartlett has been busy in the trans­fer mar­ket, bring­ing in de­fender Liam Gould on loan from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, along with for­mer Stones loa­nee Billy Gib­son from St Al­bans and ex-Dul­wich Ham­let winger Ter­ence Carter from the United States.

He said: “Me and Scotty (McGleish) have been go­ing around the pro clubs for a few weeks now try­ing to strengthen the side as we are try­ing to put things right. We be­lieved it was a good enough squad at the start of the sea­son, but it’s been un­der­achiev­ing.

“Whereas Billy will prob­a­bly start off play­ing in our county cup games, Liam will be a key player for us, hav­ing brought him all the way down from Ac­cring­ton. Wes Parker has not been 100 per cent at cen­tre back and Josh Urquhart like­wise, so it al­lows one of them a rest.”

Weald­stone will be hop­ing the league turn­around be­gins when they travel to Hemel Hempstead on Satur­day, be­fore re­turn­ing to county cup ac­tion with a tie at Bed­font Sports four days later.

Over in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier, AFC Hayes lost 2-0 at home to Hor­ley Town, while Hilling­don Bor­ough beat Buck­ing­ham Ath­letic 4-1 in Spar­tan South Mid­lands Divi­sion, but Hare­field United lost 2-1 at Winslow United.

COM­ING IN: Billy Gib­son has been signed from St Al­bans while (in­set) Liam Gould ar­rives on loan from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley

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