SELL­ERS GOOD ENOUGH FOR LEAGUE RE­TURN

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By TIM STREET tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Street­boyTim

GOR­DON BARTLETT has backed Ryan Sell­ers to over­come the dis­ap­point­ment of re­jec­tion by Wy­combe last sum­mer af­ter snap­ping up the winger this week.

Sell­ers, who also had spells in Bolton and Bar­net’s youth teams – as well as with the Nike Academy – was re­leased by the Chair­boys in June af­ter just one sea­son in the Foot­ball League.

The 22-year-old re­turned to Win­gate & Finch­ley, where he had spent time as a young­ster, and was spot­ted by Weald­stone boss Bartlett.

“Ryan is ex­actly the sort of char- ac­ter we’re look­ing for – young and hun­gry to get back to where they were, and if we can help him get there, it will ben­e­fit both him and the club,” said the Weald­stone man­ager. “We’ve been mon­i­tor­ing him for some time. He played against us in the FA Tro­phy and thought he did well but we couldn’t take him un­til we were out of the Tro­phy.

“He’s got plenty of en­ergy and gets for­ward well. He’s one for the fu­ture and we’re look­ing to the fu­ture now, as it would take a hell of a run to reach the play-offs.”

Satur­day’s 1-0 Na­tional League South win at Welling, in which Sell­ers made his de­but, was a third straight win for the Stones, and a fifth game un­beaten since their Tro­phy exit.

Bartlett said: “We’ve only con­ceded once in five games, so we’ve tight­ened up but per­haps lost some of our at­tack­ing flu­ency as a re­sult. We know we can play bet­ter, but if we keep win­ning 1-0, I’ll be smil­ing.”

Los­ing El­liot Benyon, Matt Which­e­low and Omar Koroma to in­jury hin­dered the Stones’ at­tack­ing op­tions, but Bartlett hopes to have Benyon and Which­e­low back within a cou­ple of weeks.

That means loan play­ers Ar­jan Ta­jbakhsh, Joe White and Josh Walker are un­likely to be re­tained be­yond their month-long stays.

Former Stones star Graeme Mont­gomery this week marked his re­turn to Hayes & Yead­ing by scor­ing on his sec­ond de­but, at Wey­mouth on Satur­day. United, who have waved good­bye to an­other former Stone with Lewis Put­nam re­turn­ing to par­ent club Slough, threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 in the South­ern Premier. In Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral,

Uxbridge lost 4-2 at Kidling­ton and Northwood lost 1-0 at home to Chal­font St Peter,.

AFC Hayes came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Hor­ley Town in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier. Hare­field United drew 0-0 at league lead­ers Big­gleswade in Spartan South Mid­lands Di­vi­sion One and Hilling­don Bor­ough won 5-0 at Ampthill Town.

Grant Humphreys WL154951

Weald­stone new boy Ryan Sell­ers

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