Stones bring in experienced pair as last minute goal leaves them near the bottom
WEALDSTONE have added two new players to their squad in the past week.
Winger Alan O’Brien signed from newly-promoted Chippenham Town, while forward Jermaine Osei joined the club on non-contract terms.
Former full Ireland international O’Brien, 32, started his career at Newcastle United and has enjoyed a long career in professional football. His clubs include Hibernian, Swindon Town and Yeovil Town. He linked up with Stones boss Bobby Wilkinson at Hungerford Town in 2012 and stayed for five seasons before moving to Chippenham Town.
Osei has experience at Hampton & Richmond Borough, Margate and Bishops Stortford and has signed on non-contract terms.
Wilkinson was denied his first win as Wealdstone boss by a late Sam Higgins equaliser as East Thurrock United kept their unbeaten record intact.
Matty Whichelow scored Wealdstone’s only goal 13 minutes into the first half before Higgins scored in the 89th minute.
Stones took an early lead despite a fairly even first ten minutes.
Ricky Wellard played in Whichelow on the edge of the box, who spun and placed a well-struck effort into the bottom left corner.
Whichelow almost doubled his tally midway through the half with a sudden burst of pace followed by a 25-yard shot which was just over the bar.
The second half was a niggling affair but the unbeaten home side failed to break through a stubborn Stones defence with Jonathan North making no saves worth noting.
With the clock ticking down, the Rocks equalised. A low free-kick was played to Higgins who held off his man to blast past North from close range and preserve the home side’s unbeaten start to the season.
Stones left Essex with a point but will be much heartened by the performance of the season so far and the news that imposing midfielder Stephane Ngamvoulou is expected to join the squad during the week.
The draw leaves the Stones 18th in the table after eight games.