Stones bring in ex­pe­ri­enced pair as last minute goal leaves them near the bot­tom

Uxbridge Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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