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Hastings United 1 - 3 Wealdstone

The sea air suited Stones as they beat fellow strugglers Hastings United 3-1 to record their first league win of 2008 in front of a crowd of 523.

The visitors fielded two very promising young players on work experience loan from Watford FC. Dale Bennett(defender) and Liam Henderson(forward) replacing Carl Martin(injured) and Peter Dean (suspended). It was the home team that started the brighter with efforts from Adams and Ade Olornuda going close, but it was Stones that took control with three goals in a space of six minutes. The first in the 27th minute when Elford slipped and allowed debut boy Liam Henderson in to shoot past Worgan who before the game collected the 'Safe Hands' award for January. Three minutes later a mis hit shot from Andre Delisser fell into the path of Graeme Montgomery whose thunderous left foot shot found the top corner of the net. Barely 3 minutes had gone by when Spice fouled Stephen Hughes in the penalty box, the visiting striker got dusted himself down to coolly score from the resulting kick to make it 3-0. A delightful piece of skill from Chris O'Leary went unrewarded having intercepted a hasty throw out from the keeper his shot flashed past a startled keeper into the net only for the man in black to call the game back for an infringement by Hughes on the keeper when he first gathered the ball.

After the break Hastings stepped up a gear and were awarded a goal on 65 minutes. Keita Karomoko made a fine double save but was unlucky not to get to Ade Olomuda's rebounded shot to reduce the arrears. The home side nearly scored again soon after but both Ade Olornuda and sub Leach were both unable to get a touch on an Adams cross. Goal chances were rare for Wealdstone in this half and it took excellent tackles from Robert Rice and Man Of The Match Dale Bennett on Ade Olornuda to deny him two golden opportunities to score and therefore allowed Stones a vital victory.

Speaking exclusively on the Wealdstone FC information Line after the match, Manager Gordon Bartlett was pleased with the result and the overall team performance: ' I hope that this result will be a turning point for us - but we have some very difficult matches coming up' he said. Bartlett was also pleased with the debut performances of the two Watford players and revealed that Hornets Boss Aidy Boothroyd had taken time out to call him on Saturday night to ask about them.

Karomko, Rice, Chappell, Grey, Bennett, Ashe, Delisser, C O'Leary, Henderson, Hughes, Montogomery. Subs. Alexander, Gross, L.O'Leary Papali



MoM Dale Bennett