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Wealdstone 2 - 1 Maidstone United
Speaking on the Wealdstone FC Information Line after this crucial relegation match on Tuesday evening, Stones Boss Gordon Bartlett described it as 'win ugly if that is not an abuse of the term'. It was certainly not pretty to watch by any stretch of the imagination but the win and the three vital points collected lifted Wealdstone up the giddy heights of 16th position in the league table.
The line-up included 19 year old Aaron Goode signed on loan from QPR the day before and he linked up with his Hoops colleague Andy Howell. Dean Papali continued up front and partnered Liam Henderson. Stones roared into a very early lead on 4 minutes when a pin point cross on the left by Papali was met perfectly by Liam Henderson. The lead only lasted another 9 minutes, though, as Stones committed an all too typical blunder - this time when Goalkeeper Dan Carr hesitated with a simple looking clearance. A Maidstone player nipped in front of the last defender and rolled the ball in for a simple equaliser. The lead was almost regained when James Gray headed on target but the opposition custodian did well top palm over.
But Wealdstone rolled up their sleeves and worked hard to regain the lead. Just after the half hour mark, Stones most dynamic performer on the night, Ryan Ashe, collected the ball outside the area and scored when a good right foot shot. There were no further clear cut chances for either side in the remainder of the first period.
Maidstone had to substitute their goal keeper in the second half but Stones didn't seem to able to test the replacement and it was in fact the opposition that had the better chances to restore parity - two chances were cleared off the line as matters became very tense - but Stones held out and gained the points. The pressure is unrelenting as Wealdstone now face fellow relegation zone club East Thurrock United on Saturday away and then at Northwood Park on Tuesday night.
Stones will be buoyed by this vital victory - a win is a win.
Stones: Carr, Yelland, Chappell, Howell, Goode, Ashe, Gray, O'Leary, (Delisser 90), Henderson, Papali, (Dean 71), Faal- Thomas.
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