STONES BAT­TEN DOWN THE HATCHES TO WIN

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

BOBBY WILKIN­SON and Jon North de­clared it a good team per­for­mance as Weald­stone FC made it five home wins on the spin with a 2-1 vic­tory over Truro on Satur­day.

The win moved the Stones up to tenth in Na­tional League South and while North and goalscorer Aboubaker Eisa took the plau­dits, boss Wilkin­son praised the en­tire team.

“Nor­thy is out of this world right now, he’s work­ing harder than I’ve seen him work,” said Wilkin­son, “but there were no man-of-the­matches out there, the whole team worked re­ally hard and I’m re­ally pleased for the club.

North added: “That’s a great win against a good side in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions. It was a good af­ter­noon, a great win, an­other win at home. We bat­tled re­ally well, re­ally dug in, and it was a good team per­for­mance.”

Eisa’s quick-fire dou­ble gave the Stones a well-earned first-half ad­van­tage be­fore sub­sti­tute Tyler Har­vey gave the White Tigers a late goal on an af­ter­noon where both keep­ers pulled off sev­eral out­stand­ing saves.

With strong and swirling winds from Storm Brian blow­ing up the pitch to­ward the Gun Tur­ret End, it was to be a game where the ad­van­tage would be shared 45 min­utes each way as the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions dic­tated much of the play.

Truro, against the wind, had the game’s first real chance; North start­ing his busy af­ter­noon in the 22nd minute when he de­nied Cody Cooke from close range.

But the Stones took the lead on 27 min­utes. Eisa chased down a long ball which Truro keeper Tom McHale tried to shield out of play near the cor­ner flag only for the ea­ger for­ward to rob the keeper and swerve in an su­perb ef­fort from a very tight an­gle into the open goal.

Eisa then dou­bled his tally two min­utes later with a goal any weather fore­caster would be proud of. Truro tried to clear be­fore the ball looped back­wards in the heavy wind and the striker was in the right place to tap it home glee­fully when the ball ran loose.

Truro then had the con­di­tions in their favour in the se­cond half and were de­nied sev­eral times by North’s light­ning re­ac­tions, thwart­ing Cooke again, his own de­fender Glenn Wil­son, Alex Har­tridge and River Allen.

The Stones also made McHale pull off sev­eral stops as he tipped over an ex­cel­lent Danny Green free­kick and also de­nied both Wil­son and Shaquille Hip­polyte-Pa­trick from point-blank range in a huge­lyen­ter­tain­ing pas­sage of play for the 812-strong crowd.

North was even­tu­ally beaten on 81 min­utes by sub­sti­tute Har­vey but the Stones weath­ered the storm – lit­er­ally – for the re­main­der of the game.

The Stones visit Welling United on Satur­day in a Lon­don derby.

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