STONES SHOW RE­SILIENCE IN FIRST AWAY WIN

KEEPER NORTH WAS CALLED UPON

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

WEALDSTONE FC recorded their first away win with a re­mark­ably re­silient 2-1 vic­tory over Lon­don ri­vals, and in-form Welling United. A first-half goal from Ryan Sell­ers re­warded the Stones’ dom­i­nance in the first 45 min­utes, and Danny Green dis­patched a penalty just three min­utes into the sec­ond half af­ter Abobaker Eisa was shoved in the box. Hosts Welling then went down to 10 af­ter Ben Jef­ford’s lunge on Ed­die Oshodi, but the home team ral­lied and Jack Parkin­son headed in their goal to set up a tense fi­nal half hour.

The Stones dom­i­nated the first half, con­ced­ing zero chances, al­though it took Wealdstone some time to cre­ate clear-cut op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Eisa flashed a header wide on 34 min­utes from a Green cross to give Welling their first warn­ing.

Green’s next cross put the Stones ahead. He beat his man – Jef­ford – and dinked a per­fect­ly­weighted cen­tre to the un­marked Sell­ers, who tapped in at the far post.

Just 90 sec­onds into the sec­ond half, the Stones had a penalty. A long ball was pumped for­ward to Eisa, which Dil­lon Barnes came out for but in the chase for the ball, Eisa was bun­dled over by Parkin­son right in front of the ref­eree, who pointed to the spot.

Green stepped up and smashed it down the mid­dle with Barnes div­ing to his left, giv­ing Wealdstone a more com­fort­able ad­van­tage.

Welling al­most pulled a goal back when Tom Brad­brook was put through on goal – thank­fully for the away side, he smashed his ef­fort wide. Two min­utes later and the Stones had a man ad­van­tage, Jef­ford lung­ing in late on Oshodi and the ref­eree giv­ing the left-back a straight red card.

The de­ci­sion, though, ral­lied the hosts and Jonathan North pulled off his first save on 62 min­utes, get­ting down low to deny Brad­brook from a header.

On 65 min­utes the Wings did score. Jef­frey Mon­akana swung a cor­ner in to Parkin­son and he rose high­est to nod the ball past North at the far post.

Welling en­joyed long pe­ri­ods of play there­after and a ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage, but it was Wealdstone who had the best chances late on, on the counter.

Barnes de­nied Eisa with his leg, Stephane Ngamvoulou had the bet­ter of four de­fend­ers be­fore fir­ing over and Dan Fitch­ett hit the post in the last minute of the game, but it re­mained 2-1 and the Stones earned their first three points on the road this sea­son, mov­ing up to tenth in the Na­tional League South ta­ble.

John-Pa­trick Fletcher

Wealdstone keeper Jonathan North kept his side ahead on Satur­day

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