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Harefield Gazette - - SPORTS - By AN­DREW GEORGESON tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ @ageorgesonCN

GOR­DON BARTLETT was left ru­ing the man­ager-of-the-month curse af­ter Weald­stone suf­fered a 5-1 ham­mer­ing on Satur­day.

The Stones’ trip to the sea­side turned into a dis­as­ter as they crashed at East­bourne Bor­ough in Vanarama South.

Man­ager Bartlett’s ac­co­lade had been earned by Weald­stone’s 13-game un­beaten run – stretch­ing back to Fe­bru­ary 11 – which had prompted hopes of a late push into the play-offs.

But the vis­i­tors never got to grips with the 3G sur­face on the south coast and within six min­utes were be­hind af­ter Jonathan North par­ried Nathan Pin­ney’s shot to Christian Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain – the younger brother of Arse­nal’s Alex – who ap­plied the fin­ish.

It would be 3-0 with 30 min­utes gone as the 18-year-old OxladeCham­ber­lain bagged his brace and Jamie Tay­lor lobbed North from 30 yards.

Dan Fl­itch­ett gave the Stones a life­line be­fore the break and they had a de­cent start to the sec­ond half, Joe White and Aryan Ta­jbakhsh go­ing close. But the vis­i­tors were killed off in the 56th minute by a Tay­lor goal with Kiran Khinda-Jones round­ing off a mis­er­able day on the hour.

“I’ve al­ways said I would rather win man­ager-of-the-month for April as there would be no games left I could lose af­ter­wards,” said Bartlett. “The score­line looks as though we got ab­so­lutely smashed but they cleared a cou­ple off the line, we hit the wood­work three times and it was pretty much 50-50 in pos­ses­sion. But we were pun­ished for our mis­takes and they were clin­i­cal in front of goal.

“It was a big task to get to fifth when we were nine points be­hind with six games to go and it’s an even big­ger ask to get 12 points from five games. I’ll def­i­nitely de­serve man­ager-of-the month if we can bounce back to that!”

Mean­while, Hayes & Yead­ing are en­ter­ing a cru­cial week in their Evo-Stik South­ern League Premier Di­vi­sion sur­vival bid.

United’s 1-0 loss to Ban­bury at the week­end, cour­tesy of a Conor McDon­agh goal, leaves them four points from safety, al­beit with a game in hand over Kings Lan­g­ley.

United were due to take on bot­tom side Cin­der­ford at home last night (Tues­day) and host Strat­ford Town on Fri­day night.

“Two wins would put a lot of pres­sure on the teams around us,” said United’s joint-man­ager Paul Hughes. “We have some winnable games, es­pe­cially if we put in the per­for­mances we have re­cently.

“Ev­ery game is dif­fer­ent though, it’ll go down to whether we get the bounce of the ball or de­ci­sions go our way and other things out of our con­trol. We’ve got our backs against the wall and we need to win four out of the next five.

“We don’t want to be go­ing to Merthyr on the last day need­ing a win. The boys have started to knit and now we need to start scor­ing.”

In Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral, Uxbridge were un­able to stop in­form Kemp­ston Rovers from record­ing a fourth vic­tory in a row.

The hosts opened the scor­ing in the 32nd minute through sub­sti­tute Jake New­man but the teams went in level af­ter Jimmy Hart­ley struck just be­fore the break.

As the game looked as though it was head­ing to­wards a draw, Connor Cal­cutt got his head to a free­kick to make it 2-1.

North­wood lost 4-0 to cham­pi­ons-elect Roys­ton.

Gor­don Bartlett is all smiles as he re­ceives his man­ager-of-the­month award on Satur­day, left, be­fore see­ing a 5-1 de­feat that killed any lin­ger­ing play-off hopes for the Stones

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