ROOKIE JOE HITS TAR­GET AGAIN FOR STONES

ROOKIE JOE HITS TAR­GET AGAIN IN VIC­TORY AT BATH

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By JON BATHAM tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @el­lis_red

JOE WHITE is pinch­ing him­self over the suc­cess of his loan spell at Weald­stone.

The first-year pro at Da­gen­ham slot­ted home the win­ner from the spot in Stones’ 2-1 vic­tory at bo­gey side Bath City on Satur­day for a fifth goal in his last seven games.

The young­ster ad­mits he’s get­ting a whirl­wind ed­u­ca­tion in the art of be­ing a striker from Stones’ veteran player-coach Scott McGleish, which he hopes will fast track him when he re­turns to Dag­gers’ ranks

Un­sur­pris­ingly, he is en­joy­ing his first chance to grad­u­ate from youth foot­ball.

“If some­one had said to me I’ll get five in seven games I wouldn’t have be­lieved them,” he said.

“With this be­ing my first taste of men’s foot­ball, I’d def­i­nitely have taken that.

“I’m look­ing and learn­ing off Scotty in terms of how he moves on the pitch. Even as he gets older you can still see the move­ment and his knowl­edge of the game in terms of what to do and what not to do.

“And Gor­don Bartlett has just told me to en­joy my foot­ball, be­cause if you are happy you are go­ing to play well.”

White be­lieves the big­gest les­son he has learned so far about mak­ing the step up is the need to con­cen­trate from the first minute to last as there are no breath­ing spaces when you are play­ing with the big boys.

“It is tough and it is go­ing to be a bat­tle 24/7, that’s why you have got to work hard all the time,” he added.

“In kids’ foot­ball, as we might call it, you can step off it a bit ev­ery now and then.

“You can’t do that here and that is a big learn­ing thing for me – but I’m en­joy­ing it.”

Mean­while, Hayes & Yead­ing’s hopes of pulling off a great es­cape from the South­ern League Premier rel­e­ga­tion zone took a turn for the bet­ter on Fri­day night as they beat St Neots 2-0 thanks to first half goals from Con­nor Toomey and Thomas Broad­bent.

United re­main three points from safety, but have a game in hand over the two sides im­me­di­ately above them, Cirences­ter and Kings Lan­g­ley.

In Evo-Stik South­ern Cen­tral ac­tion, Abobaker Eisa’s dou­ble saw Uxbridge beat Chal­font St Peter 2-0, a third league win on the spin for the men of Hon­ey­croft.

By con­trast, it is seven league de­feats in a row now for North­wood af­ter they con­ceded a 90th minute win­ner at Kidling­ton.

There was bet­ter news for both Hare­field and Hilling­don in Spar­tan Divi­sion One as they won 4-0 and 2-0 against Hat­field and Ar­lesey Town Re­serves re­spec­tively.

AFC Hayes also bagged three points in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier, beat­ing Wind­sor 2-1.

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