Crocked Which­e­low wants to get back fir­ing

Uxbridge Gazette - - SPORT -

MATT Which­e­low has promised to find his scor­ing boots again for Wealdstone as soon as he re­turns from in­jury, writes Jon Batham.

The for­mer Wat­ford winger was get­ting back into the groove when hit­ting his fifth of the sea­son in the win over Maiden­head only to be side­lined by a calf in­jury in last week’s win over East Thur­rock.

The 25-year-old, who ar­rived at Grosvenor Vale in the sum­mer, sat out Satur­day’s 2-2 FA Tro­phy draw with Win­gate & Finch­ley.

How­ever hav­ing been egged on by coach Mickey John­son to have more shots, a phi­los­o­phy he be­lieves his team­mates should em­u­late, Which­e­low is con­fi­dent he will be back in the goals soon enough.

He said: “I’d been hav­ing a few shots the last few games be­cause, speak­ing to Mickey, he feels I need to be a bit more selfish and be­lieve in my­self a bit more.

“I wouldn’t say my self-be­lief has been in a bit of a dip, it’s more about me be­ing more ruth­less in front of goal. That ap­plies to the team as well, when we do get chances we have to take them. We have to make sure ev­ery time we go out and play we are test­ing the goal­keeper, be­cause you never know what go­ing to hap­pen.”

Which­e­low, who played 21 games for the Hornets from 2010-13, was lured to north-west Lon­don by a com­bi­na­tion of new chair­man Peter Mars­den – who he played un­der in a brief loan spell at Ac­cring­ton – and man­ager Gor­don Bartlett.

He ad­mits it has been tough since com­ing out of full-time foot­ball three years ago, but says he is back to play­ing the game for the love of it.

“It has been up and down since Wat­ford, where I have just been try­ing to find that bit of con­sis­tency in my game and keep some mo­men­tum go­ing,” said the winger. is

“I’ve had spells where I’ve been do­ing well and then had a dip in form where I just haven’t found my feet. It is a tough ad­just­ment from play­ing full-time, go­ing to train­ing and be­ing done by 12 o’clock, whereas now I have a job and don’t fin­ish un­til 5:30pm.

“You have to take it in your stride, learn from it and grow. You have to try and get the en­joy­ment out of it, so it is about try­ing to play foot­ball with a smile on my face.”

Stones were due to re­play against Win­gate & Finch­ley last night, with the win­ners due to travel north to Va­narama Na­tional League strug­glers South­port on Jan­uary 14.

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