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Stones made a couple of changes for tonights replay to try and stamp their authority on the tie against Leighton Town, and to some extent it worked, as they ran out 3-0 winners, but not without a couple of shocks, and certainly it wasn't a flowing performance for the purists.
Wealdstone created the first chance of an even opening spell, unfortunately for the opposition as Lee Chappell missed a kick allowing Hassan to break through, but Stones were let off as his shot hit the post and came back into play, but that was really the sum of their efforts on goal in the first period, despite having the lions share of the play.
Stones took the lead on 13 minutes when Stanic Rosboud was on the end of a move that included Montgomery, Papali and Gooderick in the build up, before Stanic slotted the ball home from close range,
There was little else of note in the first period as Stones allowed leighton to play, but defended well enough to prevent any further trouble at the back, yet their passing was poor as moves broke dowwn going forward without troubling the visiting keeper.
The second half saw a re-jig in midfield for Stones which certainly gave them the greater share of the ball, limiting Leighton still further, but it wasn't until the 71st minute Stones extended their lead when out of sorts Gavin Bamford showed some of the ability he has. He collected the ball midway into the Leighton half, his first four touches took him past two defenders and he struck a sublime shot from 25 yards that curled into the top corner of the net to cue a celebration from the players that we all hope has exorcised the frustrations built up over a couple of weeks.
Stones third came ten minutes later when Montgomery, now playing in the hole behinfd the front two cut inside and hit a shot low and hard from outside the penalty box - Maarman couldn't hold on and the ball rebounded to the onrushing Papali who slotted home from 6 yards.
Leighton had the final chance of the evening when awarded a penalty, but it wasn't their night as Carroll saved the kick and the rebound was blasted over the bar to give Stones the victory and a clean sheet.
Team Details: Lee Carroll, Jay Carbon s74 Stuart Goodall, Lee Chappell, Stanic Rosboud 13 s72 John Christian, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford 71 Matt Gooderick, Chris O'Leary s88 Fergus Moore, Dean Papali 83, Graeme Montgomery, Subs Not Used: Dave Lawrence,
After the game, Dave Lawrence was given permission to join Eastern Counties side, Diss Town who made him an excellent offer, though Wealdstone will retain his Southern League registration.
For the second week running Stones came from behind to draw - this week snatching a last minute equaliser, but again almost doing enough to steal the win.
Also like last week, it wasn't a good performance as Stones struggled against lower division opposition and defensive errors gave away two goals.
Stones looked comfortable for the first fifteen minutes, though they failed to creata a chance that the home keeper had to deal with, then almost from their first attack, leighton's Hassan won the ball in a 50 50 aerial challenge and beat Lee Carrol from the edge of the area while the rest of Stones defence looked on.
The rest of the half saw Stones looking nervous and creating nothing to the disdain of the travelling supporters, worsened when on 37 minutes the home side extended their lead as Stones failed to deal with a corner and Old's shot was defelected into the top of the net.
If the comments from fans as the side left the field at half time were not enough to stir the sleepy Stones, the Management team's half time talk should have been, but it took a bit of good fortune to bring Stonmes back into the game, Dave Lawrence seemingly (to the referee and very few others) brought down by the home 'keeper, Dean Papali stepping up to score from the penalty on 51 minutes.
As the half progressed, it became more even, but that is not to say Stones improved to anything like the football they are capable of, merely that Leighton caused less problems going forward. A triple substitution on 67 minutes brought Gooderick and Rosboud into the fray, and they were to turn the game in Stones favour.
Immediately the game changed as wealdstone pushed forward for the equaliser, but the home custodian and poor finishing preserved Leighton's lead u ntilt he dying minutes when for the second week in succession, Rosboud made a telling run, struck an excellent cross and Papali again was on hand this time directing a header into the corner on 88 minutes for an equaliser.
Montgomery could have won the game a minute later but he snatched at his shot and it went across the face of the goal, ensuring a replay on Tuesday evening, which is probably fortunate for Wealdstone overall, but perhaps deserved as yet again they did continue to work when behind trying to get something from the tie............
Team Details: Lee Carroll, Jay Carbon, Lee Chappell, John Christian s67 Stanislav Rosboud, Kevin Swift s67 Gavin Bamford, Stuart Bamford 27, Dave Lawrence s67 Matt Gooderick, Chris O'Leary, Dean Papali 51p, 88 Wayne Cort, Graeme Montgomery, Subs Not Used: Fergus Moore,
Stones Reserves faired better with a 1-0 win over Carshalton Reserves, Ernest Simon the goalscorer.
Au unchanged Stones struggled for the first hour but despite falling behind twice came back to draw, finishing the better of the two sides this afternoon against Cirencester Town - the first time the clubs had met in league competition.
Stones last played Cirencester in the Amateur Cup in the 68-69 season when Wealdstone ran out winners, but despite a bright start, toady it was the visitors who looked the better side for most of the match.
The Cirens forced Stones back and never allowed the midfield to get into the game, Wing back Smith causing a number of problems as he pushed forward and knocked in some good crosses. He also opened the scoring on 9 minutes as he broke down the right flank at speed, leaving the Stones defence trailing. As he broke into the box, most people expected a cross to his forwards at the far post, but he chose to drive a low hard shot into the far corner of the net beyond Armand's dive from 18 yards.
Cirens continued to dominate and could have scored a couple more in the few minutes before Stones equaliser, as a mixture of bodies and ability blocked the visitors attempts, before Stones broke free and won a corner from a misplaced header. The visiting defence was made to pay dearly as Papali reacted quickest to stab the ball home from 4 yards in the 14th minute.
This settled Stones a little and seemed to make the visitors more cautious, as Stones got back into the game for a spell, but before the half hour, the visitors again were pressuring the home side, though without causing too many problems at the back.
The second half started in similar vein and on 66 minutes, a swift move saw Smith turn provider as he hit a long cross to the back post which Richards headed home, the Stones defence seemingly rooted to the spot as he rose to the header, giving Armand no chance.
A couple of minutes later Manager Gordon Bartlett made a triple substitution to change the shape of the Stones side and it worked well, as three minutes later Papali chased a ball into the visitors penalty box. He was pushed to the ground and got up to score the equaliser from the spot on 73.
The new shape gave Stones the upper hand and a great run from Rosboud should have seen another penalty awarded as Regis palmed the final cross away, only for a corner to be awarded. Montgomery, Papali and Cort all had efforts on goal as Stones pushed for the win, but it wasn't to be - a draw probably a fair result in the end, but with better final ball and finishing, the visitors may have made the game safe before half time........
Team Details: John Armand, Jay Carbon, Lee Chappell, John Christian s70 Stanislav Rosboud, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford 63, Gavin Bamford s70 Dave Lawrence, Chris O'Leary 48, Dean Papali 14,73p, Matt Gooderick s70 Wayne Cort, Graeme Montgomery, Subs Not Used: Fergus Moore, Stuart Goodall
A relatively comfortable win today for the Stones against the potential banana skin of Witham Town. Stones started well, though the first attempt on goal was from the visitors, a header from a free kick in the first minute safely gathered by Armand in the Stones goal, and this was the only time he was called into action in the first half, as Stones kept their lower division visitors penned for the most part, into their own half.
It became a sequence of chances for Stones, as Matt Gooderick hit the post after six first time passes interchanged to create the opportunity, while Papali, Montgomery, Bam,ford, Christian and O'Leary were all inches wide with efforts on goal.
For all their possession in the fits half, Stones contrived to miss the target by inches or to see shots blocked, giving the visiting keeper little to save directly - far more of his first half was spent clearing back-passes and the occasional stray through ball.
The second half followed a similar pattern, stones driving forward with some neat football from the start, but it was left to a more direct input into the match to final open the scoring. Stones attacked, and the clearance fell to Graeme Montgomery midway inside the visitors half in a central position. He touched the ball forward, took two steps and drilled a venomous shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net from thirty yards to give Stones the l;ead on the hour.
Stones continued to press on as they looked for a second goal, this half at least forcing the visiting 'keeper into a number of saves, many orthodox and at least one with his chin on the goal-line, O'Leary. Gooderick, Christian, Bamford, Chappell, Carbon and Papali all involved at times, before on 75 minutes Papali scored with a scissors kick from just inside the penalty area, albeit aided by a deflection that looped the ball into the air.
With the clock running down, Stones did become a little lax at the back allowing the Witham team a couple of late chances, but despite one scare the score remained a comfortable 2-0 win for the home side who now await Monday's draw for the next round.
Team Details: John Armand, Jay Carbon s69 Stuart Goodall, Lee Chappell, John Christian s77 Sam Sharples, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford, Matt Gooderick s69 Dave Lawrence, Chris O'Leary, Dean Papali 75 , Graeme Montgomery, 60 Subs Not Used: Fergus Moore, Stanic Rosboud
A couple of changes to the starting line-up as Stones returned to league action today at Corby and Stones broke away from the kick off with the first attack of the match. At some pace however Corby replied and caught the Stones back line a little flat footed as a long ball forward saw Clarke give the home side the lead on 18 seconds!
Within a minute, Stones had equalised as Graeme Montgomery scored with a free kick awarded when Gooderick was fouled outside the box, then the game settled down a little, the home side dominating with a central three in midfield stifling Stones.
Corby took the lead again on 13 minutes when a long ball wide was superbly taken on the volley from 25 yards, Byrne the goalscorer, and again Stones immediately broke forward, this time Christians header not quite good enough to equalise.
Gordon Bartlett then made a tactical change, moving Lee Chappell into sweep and pushing Carbon forward to match the midfield trio of the home team and it immediately made an impact as in the remainder of the half Wealdstone were dominant, though unable to equalise from their five chances, while Armand had only one effort to deal with.
The second half started where the first had left off, as Stones penned the home side back and on 50 minutes a Montgomery cross was knocked back by Gavin Bamford to Matt Gooderick who equalised from 6 yards.
Montgomery and Carbon caused the home side all sorts of problems and at last Gooderick and Papali had some good service up front, creating numerous chances as Stones kept the pressure on.
On 65 minutes they took the lead. Carbon fed the ball to Papali on the right, he cut inside and delivered an excellent cross-field ball into the path of Montgomery who scored his second from 20 yards without breaking his stride.
Stones scored a fourth on 88 minutes when a Lawrence corner was headed back by Kevin Swift and Chris O'Leary headed home from the edge of the six yard box. At this point Gordon Bartlett proceeded to do a lap of the pitch as a result of Leo Morris gee-ing up O'Leary by telling him that's what would happen if he ever scored.............
The last few minutes saw Corby push on again as they tried to rescue something from the game, and three excellent saves in even time from Armand were enough to keep them at bay and earn stones a valuable three points.
Team Details: John Armand, Jay Carbon, Lee Chappell, John Christian, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford, Matt Gooderick 50 s89 Wayne Cort, Chris O'Leary 88, Dean Papali s66 Dave Lawrence, Graeme Montgomery, 1,65 Subs Not Used: Fergus Moore, Billy Sentence, Stuart Goodhall
Stones made a couple of changes with Carroll, Chappell, Rosboud and Sentence all starting, and wearing new 'lucky' Silver shirts with Black shorts and socks glistening under the floodlights, they progressed in the London Senior Cup with a 2-0 victory.
The first half was a midfield battle, both sides only really creating one significant chance as O'Leary saw his header cleared off the line, and Swift at the other end returned the compliment thwarting a Hendon attack - other than those opportunities, Hendon played the better football in front of a low crowd (that at least included some 15 or 20 vocal away fans) but with less effect than Wealdstone who had the greater possession.
The second half saw Stones a little more to the fore, and good reactions from Rosboud brought about the first goal on 61 minutes as the visiting keeper spilled a cross-shot, Stanic used strength to rob the defender on 12 yards before knocking the ball into the path of John Christian who shot low into the corner.
It wasn't to be the Hendon 'keepers night as he perhaps should have done better with Stones second goal some 10 minutes later, Papali beating him to a cross in the air and doing enough to see the ball over the line.
All in all a fairly comfortable win in the end and a clean sheet to boot............
Team Details: Lee Carroll, Josias Carbon, Billy Sentence s70 Gavin Bamford, Kevin Swift 75, Stuart Bamford, Lee Chappell 42 John Christian 61, Chris O'Leary s70 Graeme Montgomery, Dean Papali 71, Dave Lawrence, Stanic Rosboud s70 Wayne Cort. Subs Not Used: Stuart Goodhall, Sam Sharples.
After a two week break, you have to expect things to have changed at Wealdstone and after 80 minutes of today's match at Clevedon a 2-0 scoreline in Stones favour, with a further three goals disallowed, you may think they had, but there was a sting in the tail......
A change to the line-up saw Stanic Rosboud stand down for Matt Gooderick, Stanic taking his place on an already depleted bench, and it was Gooderick that scored the opener after 19 minutes. O'leary had the ball in the net soon after only for the referee to whistle and award Stones a free kick and Dan Papali was also rulled just offside when he too thought he had scored.
Just before half time, with a strong wind at their backs, Stones increased their lead as Graham Montgomery scored their second.
Another dissallowed goal later - Gooderick ruled offside by the assistant - and with ten minutes remaining, Clevedon pulled one goal back and an injury to Matt Gooderick then saw him replaced by Rosboud. Five minutes later however Clevedon scored a second to finish the game on level terms despite Stones being the better side for almost the whole match.
Team Details: John Armand, Jay Carbon, Fergus Moore, John Christian, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford, Matt Gooderick 64 s82 Stanic Rosboud, Chris O'Leary, Dave Lawrence, Dean Papali, Graeme Montgomery, 64 Subs Not Used: Lee Chappell, Billy Sentence, Stuart Goodhall
Stones Reserves faired better with a convincing 5-0 win at home to Waltham Forest. The team was: Mitch Swain, Darren Palmer Off 45 mins for SC, Neil McDonald (Cap)(scored), Shakib Rahman, Kevin OMahony, Sheye Adegoke, Martin Bactor, Sam Sharples, Neil Ameh, Neil Fyfield (scored 3) Off 65 mins for CW, Candice Nkmoyne Off 52 mins for CM: 15, Subs used: Shaun Culleton (booked) on for 2 DP 45 mins, Courtney Williams (scored) on for NF 65 mins, Chike Mnatuanya on for C N 52 mins
It was better but it lacked a killer punch as Stones were more cohesive and created a number of chances, though they in the most part glanced off the chin rather than causing the visitors any significant damage.
Stones with two new signings in the line up (Carbon and Rozboud) started well and took the game to the visitors creating the first chance as early as the second minute as Lawrence saw a shot just wide of the post, but this did more to lift the Yeltz than it did the Stones, the visitors forcing the home side onto the defensive with probing strikes down both flanks.
Stones defended to deeply - like a boxer leaning on the ropes and they were made to pay on 18 minutes when young keeper John Armand misjudged a punch on the edge of his area - perhaps his first misjudgment was coming that far for the ball at all - though as it fell in the area, Swift clumsily challenged and gave away a penalty, conceded to a player with his back to goal. And this sucker punch was enough to give the visitors the lead.
Stones to their credit did try and move the ball forward as the half progressed and were certainly a match for the visitors for the remainder of the half, though with the defence so deep the midfield generally was pulled back and there were large gaps between the forwards and any support. This prevented any significant blows from the home side, limiting them to individual strikes almost at arms length.
The second half Stones were by far the brighter creating nine chances in the fist 15 minutes - Papali and Lawrence on each occasion seeing their efforts just the wrong side of the post, though Lawrence should have done better when clean through chasing a long ball, yet he could only clip the ball into the keepers hands. Stones were made to pay as Halesowen pushed forward on the break - Armand in the Stones goal saved well on a couple of occasions before conceding a corner. The cross came in and was headed clear only to fall to the onrushing Haywood who struck a low drive from 25 yards into the far corner, rocking the Stones - certainly to a count of 8 - as they were on top at the time.
A double substitution gave Stones some hope as Gooderich's first involvement was to be fouled when shielding the ball in the Yeltz area and Papali stepped up to give the home side some hope scoring from the spot. Again though the visitors reacted well and continued to battle, getting behind Stones as they pushed forward and poor defending was to give them a third goal on 75 minutes, Stones defence as a whole following a loose ball while a simple pass to the unmarked Szewczyk allowed him to score from close range.
Stones had tried and tested their opponents with a range of single punches but had not been able to string together a combination, while at the other end they had left their chins exposed on three occasions, each time having no defence to a single strike.
Defensive frailties and defending too deeply combined with poor execution through the midfield were exposed again. Thought it was a better performance, certainly after last week when the Referee should have stopped the fight as Stones seemed to have thrown in the towel, even with greater effort there are still areas of concern, and a little luck in front of goal wouldn't go amiss.
Team Details: John Armand, Jay Carbon, Fergus Moore s67 John Christian, Kevin Swift s82 Billy Sentence, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford, Stanislav Rozboud, Chris O'Leary, Dave Lawrence s67 Matt Gooderich, Dean Papali 64, Graeme Montgomery, Subs Not Used: Lee Holland, Stuart Goodhall
After a strong performance last week despite the defeat Stones fans expected to win away to lower division Potters Bar Town in the FA Cup despite the omens of Andy Leese (former Manager) and six former players in the home side line-up - both of which should have formed part of the team talk.
Oh! how expectations let us down.
As Stones stumbled through the first half, slightly the better side, but it was hard to judge as a melee of misplaced passes and hoof's upfield gave neither forward line much service and neither defence any real problem, from memory both sides had half hit shots to deal with and Stones came closest to scoring from a run of four consecutive corners, but please don't be deceived this was thrill a minute - but only for one minute of the 45.
Unfortunately, the second half started with little better fare on offer, stones content to defend on the edge of their box but with little constructive play or passing to move the ball forward, the home defence happy to collect the overhit long balls, as they too struggled to build an attack.
Just before the hour, Stones lost 'keeper Lee Carroll to a recurrence of an injury, John Armand replacing him in goal, but unfortunately for John his first involvement a couple of minutes later was to recover an unmarked Howard's header from the back of the net as Stones defence were static as the ball was crossed in from the right.
This galvanized the home side, and the travelling support at least expected it to do the same to Wealdstone, but it wasn't until some ten minutes later when a double substitution saw Christian and Papali brought into play that Stones actually recorded their first shot with any venom on target, as Lawrence's effort was well saved, however this again was not enough to wake the travelling side from their slumbers.
Ten minutes after his first Howard was again left unmarked and allowed to score his second goal of the afternoon as Potters Bar at least put in the effort to take control of the game and their defence was well marshalled by former Stone Ryan Harris, in all proving more than competent to stifle what efforts Wealdstone did construct primarily through Papali's forwards runs though the service to all three forwards was poor at best.
One run from Papali saw Stones awarded a corner on 83 minutes, yet it was taken before most of the Wealdstone players had got forward in position to attack the ball, and it was by chance that the clearance fell to Gavin Bamford some thirty yards from goal. He looked up and curled an excellent effort towards goal only to see the ball strike the crossbar and bounce down to Papali who finished with some aplomb from 6 yards to give Stones some hope.
That really was all that it was however as the side failed to construct anything else worthy of note or even enough to wake them from their slumbers as they pussy-footed out of the FA Cup for another year.
If this team had played to it's apparent abilities, there is no doubt that they could have won the game with some comfort - based only on the home sides performance today - next week and for a good few weeks thereafter they will have to prove it, yet nothing they can do now will change the result.
Team Details: Lee Carroll s55 John Armand, Stuart Goodhall, Fergus Moore, Chris Zoricich, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford, Carl Martin s72 John Christian, Chris O'Leary, Dave Lawrence, Matt Gooderick, Graeme Montgomery s72 Dean Papali 83. Subs Not Used: Lee Holland, Billy Sentence
Stones lost 2-1 at Tiverton, and as i wasn't there this report has been unceremoniously stolen from Alan Reidy in Tiverton who i hope won't mind:
As sure as eggs are eggs the headlines spouted on about the saved penalty; as inevitable as east is east and west is west and never the twain shall meet the headline writers filled their boots with half-witted puns on the surname of the Tivvy goalkeeper, and as sure as night follows day the save itself was sensationalised beyond belief. But that doesnt change the fact that Mark Rock saved a second half penalty and helped Tiverton Town maintain a 2-1 lead over Wealdstone, a lead that would be held until the final whistle. But it is unlikely that anyone other than the hero of the hour will hold this memory with them, for the game - or at least the game after the change of ends - was one which could keep a verbally-challenged man talking until the cows came home.
The cows might have chosen to go home at the interval; such was the lack of excitement in a miserably uninspiring first half. Goalless, and without a real chance to get the 427 strong Ladysmead crowd salivating just about sums up the opening 45 minutes. It was a shame, since those that travelled to Corby a week earlier were overdue an entertaining Saturday afternoon, but the sunshine and low winds, a far contrast to the game in Northamptonshire was not enough to inspire the players into a creative frame of mind. That is not to say the first half passed without chances, but Steve Flack, Chris Bale and Barry McConnell all had understated efforts, while Rock was not tested to the extreme at the other end of the park, only palming away an effort from Dean Papali.
The action soon stepped up a few notches in the second half though, and it was the referee who appeared to take centre stage with a string of curious decisions. Before the mysterious whistle blowing, however, came Tivvys opening goal. Anthony Mason broke free on the right, and cut back a low cross to Tom Gardner. The defender, from six yards, was only able to side-foot into the stretched gloves of Stones keeper John Armand, but the resulting rebound fell nicely to Flack who was able to turn, shoot and nestle the ball into the opposite corner of the net.
Soon enough Wealdstone thought they had a golden ticket to equalisation when the referee awarded them a penalty. It was not until he was informed that his assistant had been flagging stoically for eleventy-seven days for offside that the decision was overturned, and the Yellows were able to resume play with an indirect free kick. This incensed the travelling support, but only gave the travelling players more incentive to push on, and the drive from Wealdstone was rewarded moments later when Rock and Gardner left the ball for each other allowing Matt Gooderick to stealthily sneak between the two and lift the ball into an unguarded goal from the edge of the area.
Justice wasnt done, unless you look at it from the referees perspective, and even more confusion was to follow in an action packed passage of play. Chris Holloway, skipper for the day in the absence of Nathan Rudge, was unceremoniously elbowed in the side of the head, an assault that was apparently seen only by the supporters on the terrace behind the goal, and a foul that should have given Tivvy the chance to restore their advantage with a penalty of their own. And then justice was done unless you look at it from the referees perspective, when another foul, this time on Flack was once again ignored by the man in the middle, only for his assistant (the other assistant) to flag foul and give the home side the spot kick they should have been awarded five minutes earlier. McConnell calmly placed the ball to the right, Armand did a good job of diving out of the way, and the one goal advantage was restored. The fact that the foul was innocuous and would usually been waved away was incidental.
Back to the other end, back to the referee pointing for a penalty. This time no overrule. Rock could feel aggrieved as he took a comfortable and unpressured catch from a poor free kick, but Darren Davies was seen to have caught Chris OLeary, and justice was done, if you look at it from the referees perspective. Gooderick stepped up but was unable to tie the scores for a second time as Rock sprawled to his left and pushed the penalty away.
There was still time for Jamie Mudge to blaze wide when well positioned, and for Rock to pull off a fabulous save from Papali, but the scoring was over, and the cows are now on their way home.
Team Details: John Armand, Stuart Goodhall, Fergus Moore, Chris Zoricich, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford, Carl Martin, Chris O'Leary, Dave Lawrence S Dean Papali, Matt Gooderick 60, Graeme Montgomery S John Christian. Subs Not Used: Lee Holland, Billy Sentence
Two defeats in a week have shown weaknesses in Stones abilities, as the first was a 1-0 home defeat to Yate Town in a very prro game, the visitors snatching the only goal midway through the second half, and this was followed with a 4-2 defeat at Hitchin after Stones had taken a first minute lead.
Both games were played without Lee Carroll in goal as he serves a three match suspension, but conti nuing the run of luck from last year, Mirch Swain who deputised on Saturay broke a finger and Luke Woods is still injured from Pre-Season, so Stones Manager Gordon Bartlett had to turn to his fourth keeper, John Armand in the emergency.
At Hitchin, Stones opened the scoring through Dave Lawrence in the first few minutes, but conceded two goals in two minutes arpund the half hour to fall behing. An own goal gave Stones the equaliser before half time.
In the second half, Hitchin, who were the better side, re-established their lead on the hour and with Stones pushing for an equaliser, they made the game safe with a fourth late on.
Team Details: (Yate Town) Mitch Swain, Lee Holland S Julian Edwards, Fergus Moore, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford, John Christian S Stuart Goodhall, Chris O'Leary, Dean Papali, Matt Gooderick S Dave Lawrence, Graeme Montgomery. Subs Not Used: Chris Zoricich, Billy Sentence
Team Details: (Hitchin Town) John Armand, Lee Holland S John Christian, Fergus Moore S Stuart Goodhall, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford, Carl Martin, Chris O'Leary S Dean Papali, Dave Lawrence 2, Matt Gooderick, Graeme Montgomery. og 40, Subs Not Used: Chris Zoricich, Billy Sentence
Looking to build on the home win on Saturday, Manager Gordon Bartlett only made one change to the line-up and that was on the bench where new signing Dave Lawrence made his first appearance. Dave had been tith Hillingdon Borough last season, and this year had trialled for Cambridge United either side of a goalscoring appearance for the Stones in the Pre-Season match with Harrow Boro. Now surplus to requirements at Cambridge, Gordon securred his signature at the weekend.
Stones took the game to their hosts from the start, early chances from Papali and Gooderick not enough to force the breakthrough, and as the half progressed Northwood came more into the game and could have taken the lead themselves with two efforts late in the half.
A half time team talk that saw the Stones management ask for more bodies and movement in the opponents box was rewarded in 50 seconds, as Carl Martin stole in late and drove the ball home to give the Stones the lead with his first Senior goal for the club.
Northwood equalised after about 65 minutes as they battled hard to take the points at home, but it wasn't to be as late on, Dave Lawrence held the ball up well before laying a pass into the path of Graeme Montgomery and his left foot shot was enough to give the Stones the points with a 2-1 win.
Team Details: Lee Carroll, Lee Holland, Fergus Moore, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford ?, Carl Martin 46 S John Christian, Chris O'Leary ? S Stuart Goodhall, Dean Papali S Dave Lawrence, Matt Gooderick, Graeme Montgomery 86 . Subs Not Used: Chris Zoricich, Billy Sentence
Keeping the same starting line-up Stones dominated their visitors early on and were rewqarded when Dean Papali scored from the penalty spot early on.
Despite this, Syones failed to dominate their opponents as may have been expected, and Team Bath could have equalised bfore half time. The second half was fiarly even until Stones incrased their lead, Matt Gooderick scoring on the hour, though still Stones struggled to kill off their opponnents, and a sending off for one of the visiting players seemed to instill a little more spirit into the side.
As the game petered out in the dying minutes, an error in defence let the visitors in for a consolation, Stones running out winners 2-1.
Team Details: Lee Carroll, Lee Holland S Stuart Goodhall, Fergus Moore S Billy Sentence, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford ?, Carl Martin, Chris O'Leary, Dean Papali 30 ?, Matt Gooderick 61, Graeme Montgomery S John Christian . Subs Not Used: Chris Zoricich, Julian Edwards
A couple of changes in the starting line-up tonight for Wealdstone as Manager Gordon Bartlett looks to improve on Saturday's defeat, and from the off it looks to have made the difference as Stones started brightly and dominated the early exchanges.
Stones took the lead on 16 minutes when a shot from Gavin Bamford rebounded to Dean Papali who made no mistake from close in, but despite further chances, Stones were unable to extend their lead before half time.
From the start of the second half though, it was a re-energised Hemel side that were on top of the game as they looked for an equaliser which eventually came on the 69th minute, Thomas's effort fdefelected past Carroll. This did at least see Stones come back into the game, and they took the lead on 87 minutes when substitute Julian Edwards scored, but the lead was only to last into the final minute.
Stuart Bamford sheppherded the ball out for a goal kick, only for the Referee to overrule his Assistant and award a corner and Hemel duly equalised.........
A better performance but still some room for improvement as Stones move forward.
Team Details: Lee Carroll, Lee Holland S75 Stuart Goodhall, Fergus Moore, Kevin Swift 86, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford, Carl Martin, Chris O'Leary, Dean Papali 16 S78 Julian Edwards 87, Matt Gooderick 65, Graeme Montgomery . Subs Not Used: Chris Zoricich, John Christian, Billy Sentence
Stones go down to 10 and defeat at Mangotsfield
Stones lost keeper Lee Carroll to a red card on Saturday, but it was their own errors that lead to a 3-1 defeat away at Mangotsfield United.
Gordon Bartlett opted for a solid experienced line-up to start Stones return to the Southern League, but despite a bright start, it soon became evident that they were struggling to move the ball forward through midfield, leaving Papali and Gooderick up front with little service other than somewhat hopeful long balls, as the midfield played deeper and deeper.
Mangotsfield struggled to break through what had become a packed Stones half and offered little threat until a deep cross in the 14th minute sailed over Stones centre backs giving Warren a free header and Carroll no chance as the home side took the lead.
The remainder of the half was however pretty dire fair - playing too deeply, Stones struggled to create and when they did get the ball wide and forward the home side had defenders in abundance able to shut down the moves, though in attack Mangotsfield also struggled as Stones midfield and defence coped with their occasional foray's forward.
The second half saw Stones push a little further forward, but there was again little of note until the 53rd minute. Zoricich played the ball back to Carroll, he cleared upfield as a home forward rushed in. As Carroll cleared he seemed to raise an arm - in protection rather than to strike as the forward continued his run - the players met, the forward dropped like a stone and the Referee gave the penalty. Worse was to come though, as the Referee then chose to consult his assistant and after a minute or so Carroll was also shown the red card. Stuart Bamford took over in goal and was unlucky not to save the penalty, it's power just beating his grasp, but it left the home side 2-0 and one man to the good.
It seemed that this was just the spur Wealdstone needed as from the kick off they forced the home side back and within a minute they had pulled a goal back. Gooderick made a great run down the right hand side, used his strength to fend off a challenge and drove the ball into the box. A half clearance fell to Montgomery and he struck home from 12 yards to make the score 2-1.
Stones momentum continued and they gave the home side numerous problems - particularly Gooderick and Montgomery who came more and more into the game as the half progressed, and the introduction of Carl Martin in midfield saw Stones finally play some of the football they are capable of as his touch and ability gave the forwards more opportunity. Goodhall too, when introduced made some telling runs at the home defence as they backed off and cleared their lines in numbers.
Despite attempts from Edwards, who should have done better forcing his way through two defenders only to shoot at the 'keeper, Montgomery who saw a shot go over the bar and Martin whose looping header landed on the roof of the net, Stones couldn't find the equaliser and it was left to an error in the last minute to give the home side their third goal.
Stones were awarded a free kick just inside their own half. With everyone pushing forward for an equaliser, Zoricich miscued and hit the ball low to a home defender, his pass found Cornwall wide on the right unmarked and he ran to gaol. Carl Martin's pace allowed him to get back and catch the home forward in the penalty box, and that was what he did - he challenged as the player turned, caught the player and not the ball, and a second penalty saw the home side score their third goal.
Certainly not the start that stones would have wanted, but some positives from the game none the less - the lessons must now be learnt before Tuesday night.
One final comment on the officials on the day, I'd have to say not what you'd expect and a total of nine bookings and a sending off in a game with only one really poor challenge seemed to mystify both sides and most of the people in the ground.
Team Details: Lee Carroll 53, Chris Zoricich, Fergus Moore 44, S76 Stuart Goodhall, Kevin Swift 88, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford 45, John Christian S65 Carl Martin 66, Chris O'Leary, Dean Papali S72 Julian Edwards, Matt Gooderick, Graeme Montgomery 55. Subs Not Used: Lee Holland, Billy Sentence
Stones brought there pre-Season to a close tonight, as a mixed side took on Brook House, running out winners by 2-0,
Both goals were welcome firsts for new signings as Matt Gooderick and Dean Papali both opened their accounts, Gooderick with a clever chip over the home keeper in the first half and Papali with a volley from 15 yards against his old club in the second.
The result means that Stones have kept six clean sheets during Pre-Season, Harrow Boro the only club to score more than once against them.
Team Details: Lee Carroll (Mitch Swain), Lee Holland, Billy Sentence, John Christian (Trialist), Kevin Swift (Fergus Moore), Carl Martin (Neil McDonald), Stuart Goodhall, Chris O'Leary (Trialist), Dean Papali, Matt Gooderick (Pavel Sztefek), Graeme Montgomery (Stanic Rosbud)
Similar to a number of their Preseason matches Stones again dominated their opposition but though they created a number of chances they came away with only the one goal.....
More promising is the solid form shown at the back as yet again they didn't concede nor offer their opponents much opportunity as the back line held up well.
The solitary goal came in the second half from a Trialist, his fourth in pre-season and now the management must decide if he and a number of others are offered terms for the coming season.
Team Details: Lee Carroll, Chris Zoricich, Fergus Moore, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford, Trialist, Chris O'Leary, Dean Papali, Matt Gooderick, Stanic Rosbud. Subs all used: Trialist, John Christian, Billy Sentence, Sam Sharples, Mitchell Swain.
Another fairly comfortable win for Stones this evening, albeit only with a 1-0 scoreline away to Ryman Division 1 side Wingate & Finchley.
Stones, still missing a number of players through holiday and injury were in control from the kick off against a very resilient and solid home side, though Stones did create a number of early chances, Miller seeing one shot cannon back from the crossbar, and another tipped away for a corner, while Papali too saw a couple of efforts saved.
The pattern continued in the second half with the home side limited to occasional foray's forward, though they were unlucky not to take the lead with no-one able to get the final touch on a cross around the hour mark.
A serious injury to Matt Miller changed the mood somewhat just over the hour when he clashed with the home keeper and though there was no foul, Miller fell heavily. Most people thinking he had injured his shoulder he had in fact been knocked unconscious in the challenge, and was still unconscious when taken from the field on a stretcher. He was subsequently taken to hospital for X-ray's on his cheekbone and jaw, and will remain in overnight.
After some ten minutes delay, Stones began the pre-season ritual of substitutions, making four in as many minutes, but it was one of these subs, Chris Zoricich that finally made the breakthrough - Sam Sharples cut to the bye-line and then cut back his cross which Zoricich headed home from ten yards to score the only goal of the evening, but to it was enough to give Stones the victory.
Team Details: Lee Carroll, Carl Martin, Billy Sentence, Kevin Swift, Stuart Bamford, Gavin Bamford, Trialist, Chris O'Leary, Dean Papali, Matt Miller, John Christian. Subs all used: Stanic Rosbud, Chris Zoricich, Sam Sharples, Pavel Sztefek.
Stones beat Harrow Boro' on penalties this afternoon to win the Brian Collins Challenge Trophy after the match finished 2-2 on 90 minutes.
Boro had the best of the early exchanges and looked stronger in midfield than a Stones side missing four 'starting' players on holiday, but wealdstone took the lead in the 44th minute when A Trialist scored from 15 yards, the ball played to him by Dean Papali.
The second half saw Stones on top early on and A Trialist extended the lead before the usual rash of substitutions gave the impetus to Harrow Boro and they pulled back the two goal deficit and send the game to penalties.
Billy Sentence, Matt Miller, Trialist, Gavin Bamford and John Christian scored the 5 for Stones to lift the trophy.
Team details: Lee Carroll, Fergus Moore, Stuart Bamford, Kevin Swift, Chris Zoricich, Stanic Rosbud, Gavin Bamford, Chris O'Leary, John Christian, Dean Papali, A Trialist. Subs all used: Billy Sentence, Trialist, Matt Miller, Trialist, Junior Thompson, Jamie Palmer
Harrow Council's members this evening considered the proposals put forward by Tony Kleanthous and the Football First scheme to develop the Prince Edward Playing Fields site, including the new home for Wealdstone FC.
The Council unanimously passed the proposals so the scheme will now be worked up for final; planning approval.
Details from LBoH: Harrow Council has agreed to enter a partnership that will see Prince Edward Playing Fields become the permanent home for Wealdstone Football Club and a new Football Centre of Excellence.
The councils cabinet has agreed to enter into a partnership with Barnet Football Club that would see the site developed as a sports complex and football stadium with leisure and catering facilities.
Cllr Marilyn Ashton, portfolio holder for property and planning, said: This partnership represents a tremendous opportunity to realise something truly special for Harrow. We have a real chance to improve sports facilities for local people, whilst at the same time finding a home for Wealdstone FC. This will be a fantastic facility, a centre of excellence and a huge asset for the whole borough.
With players away on holiday, tonights match at North Greenford gave some of the potential squad and fringe players a chance to show their worth to manager Gordon Bartlett.
Stones had the better of the match but again lacked a good pass in the final third and sharp finishing in front of goal, Rosbud scoring the only goal of the game to give Wealdstone the win.
Team Details: Lee Carroll, Carl Martin, Stuart Bamford, Kevin Swift, Billy Sentence, Trialist, Gavin Bamford, Chris O'Leary, Dean Papali, Trialist, Trialist, Subs all used: Stanic Rosbud, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Chris Zoricich, Junior Thompson, Jamie Palmer.
A mixed Stones side took on Chalfont St Peter today on a poor pitch and struggled to make possession tell, eventually scrapping a 1-1 draw with a late equaliser.
Stones had the best of the possession and saw a mixture of players squander chances in front of goal....
Team Details: Mark Gill. Lee Holland, Fergus Moore, Stuart Bamford, Kevin Swift, Chris O'Leary, Gavin Bamford, Graeme Montgomery, Stanic Rosbud, Matt Gooderick, Trialist, Subs all used: Junior Thompson, Trialist, Jamie Palmer, Billy Sentence
Stones won their third pre-season friendly on the bounce tonight, with a 3-1 victory at Hanwell Town.
Stones dominated from the off with their forwards causing problems from the home site and they took the lead on the half hour when Montgomery finished well, Stones having already hit the post with an effort from a Trialist
They also had a goal disallowed and hit the cross bar with a diving header before the half closed with Stones 1-0 up.
The second half was a little more disjointed as Stones made 7 changes at half time, but Carroll had nothing to do until his defence left him exposed on 75 minutes and the home side equalised - in the meantime Stones dominance of possession had continued again hitting the post and a Trialist having three sharp efforts well saved by the home keeper.
Stones continued to press and an excellent run and cross from Holland found Montgomery again on 85 minutes and he shot home to restore Stones lead then a minute later he turned provider finding Thompson at the back post who mad the score 3-1.
Team Details: Lee Carroll, Trialist (Lee Holland), Carl Martin (Trialist), Stuart Bamford (Fergus Moore), Jamie Palmer (Chris Zoricich), Gavin Bamford, Chris O'Leary, Billy Sentence (Trialist), Matt Miller (Trialist), Trialist (Junior Thompson), Graeme Montgomery.
A good solid, workmanlike performance from the physical new look Stones saw Burgess Hill put to the sword.
Stones started well and a good turn by Christian in the box saw him setup Gavin Bamford who crashed the ball home after 15 mins. Stones were generally dominating and a good through ball from O'Leary was pounced on by Christian to take the ball round the keeper and score in style.
Second half saw a number of changes made and we went further ahead fairly quickly when a Trialist converted his penalty after handball prevented the same player getting his header in. 3-0 and completely dominating the game. A stab in from another Trialist from 10 yards after some good interplay and a poached header from Miller after about 80 minutes gave what was probably a justified scoreline, though there should have been more goals after that (in particular from a Trialist who missed an open goal with a header), but a decent work out for the Stones in a game with a few late tackles here and there and a couple of occasions where players squared up to each other..
Played in a fairly warm but very humid atmosphere, the game got rather heated at times, and it was refreshing to see our players clearly have the physical edge when it came to having a ruck.
One Burgess Hill fan reckoned we were a strong looking, physical and well drilled outfit and one of the better teams he's seen down there.
Team details: Lee Carroll, Lee Holland, Stuart Bamford, Trialist, Fergus Moore, John Christian, Chris O'Leary, Gavin Bamford, Graeme Montgomery, Trialist, Trialist. Subs (all used) Matt Miller, Chris Zoricich, Trialist, Carl Martin
Stones start Pre-Season with a win.
A solid enough performance from the new look Stones saw them overcome lowly Leverstock by 2 goals to nil. Played in intense heat, the game was real pre season stuff, with mistakes made and some pretty average performances all round. But two second half goals from a Stones Trialist sealed it.
The 1st half team was: Luke Woods, Lee Holland, Chris Zoricich, Trialist, Fergus Moore, Trialist, Carl Martin, Gavin Bamford, Isaac Mopi, Wayne Cort, Matt Miller
2nd half team was: Lee Carroll, Trialist, Jamie Palmer, Kevin Swift, Billy Sentence, John Christian, Chris O'Leary, Gavin Bamford, Graeme Montgomery, Ben Alexander, Trialist, sub: Trialist
PEPF - Wealdstone FC Statement and Q&A
The London Borough of Harrow has announced Barnet FC Holdings are their preferred tender partner to complete the planned development of the Prince Edward Playing Field Site with their 'Football First' scheme.
The site will house Wealdstone FC in the main stadium, a secondary 'green' stadium, a supporter's bar as well as health and leisure, sports injury and banqueting and hospitality facilities. There will also be two FIFA approved third generation all-weather pitches, a youth and junior training area incorporating six pitches and separate men's first team training area.
Barnet Chairman Tony Kleanthous, together with Wealdstone directors Howard Krais and Roger Slater, announced the news on Monday 10 July at press briefings for newspapers in Harrow and Barnet. Wealdstone FC will be informing their members, shareholders and supporters at a specially convened meeting on Wednesday 12 July.
At the press briefings Tony Kleanthous stressed that Barnet's involvement at the Prince Edward site has no connection with any possible relocation of Barnet FC.
Barnet FC are currently spending £250,000 on improvements to Underhill, which removes the threat of Underhill not meeting Football League ground grading criteria. Kleanthous remains committed to seeking a 10,000 all-seater stadium for Barnet. Negotiations are continuing with the London Borough of Barnet Council, with a view to remaining in that borough.
Working closely with Wealdstone FC, Tony Kleanthous has led an exhaustive process over the past six months in developing and submitting a full tender documents and presenting three times to the Council. Following a public consultation process the Council Cabinet will meet to formally approve the project on 3 August. The project will then be ready to start subject to receiving planning consent.
The site will cost over £8million to complete, with £6.1m estimated for building costs and £2.1m planned for fit-out. It is expected that the Prince Edward development will then provide one of the finest community football centres in the country, with a home to be proud of for Wealdstone FC and training facilities for both Wealdstone and Barnet.
The London Borough of Harrow has steadfastly remained committed to housing Wealdstone FC in a permanent home of their own at Prince Edward. Barnet FC Holding's plans means that the stadium will be finished to a high quality spec along with the other facilities. The stadium will be developed to a high standard. It will be a four sided 5,000 capacity ground including 2,400 seats and a second tier being built on the main East stand. It is important to stress this stadium will be Wealdstone FC's home, not Barnet's and it is hoped to be ready in good time for the 2007/8 season.
Alongside the main stadium a separate open 'green' stadium will be developed. Although this will be basic in nature, able to accommodate a few hundred supporters, it will have the potential of being developed further should there be a later requirement. It is envisaged that Wealdstone's reserves and youth as well as Barnet's ladies and youth teams will use this stadium, and it will also house prestige community tournaments.
With the site providing the answer to the long term problem of finding Barnet FC a permanent training facility, it is envisaged that Barnet and Wealdstone's requirements will compliment each other. This works at first team level where Barnet train during the day and Wealdstone in the evening and also within the respective community development plans which offer different solutions to aspiring footballers in Harrow and the surrounding areas.
A public meeting for residents is being held at Canons School on Tuesday 18 July and residents meetings will be held on the PEPF site during the period 19-21 July.
Over the past six months Wealdstone FC and Barnet FC have been engaged in long and fruitful discussions. It is clear that the needs of both clubs are complimentary with a number of shared objectives. It is also worth stressing that negotiations on the details of agreements between Wealdstone and Barnet will continue.
Questions and Answers
1.Who owns the PEPF site?
The site is owned by the London Borough of Harrow.
2.Why are Barnet FC Holdings developing this site?
Barnet FC Holdings have been announced as the preferred tender partners for developing and operating the site.
3.Does this mean this is Barnet's ground?
Barnet FC Holdings will take a 125 year lease from the London Borough of Harrow. It is envisaged that Wealdstone FC will take a licence from Barnet Holdings for the same period. The lease and any such licence are yet to be granted.
4.Will Barnet FC Holdings be required by the London Borough of Harrow to negotiate with Wealdstone FC over the development and use of the PEPF?
The lease to operate the site has yet to be granted. It should be remembered though that London Borough of Harrow have consistently and publicly demonstrated their commitment to ensure Wealdstone FC has a long term home at the PEPF.
5.Are there plans for Barnet's first XI to leave Underhill
Tony Kleanthous has been seeking to provide Barnet FC with a long term solution to the problems of playing at Underhill in the Football League for 12 years. Discussions have been ongoing with Barnet Council during this time covering a number of potential sites. This has been a slow and often painful process.
Barnet recently received planning permission to undertake £250,000 worth of safety works at Underhill to widen access to the Southern side of the ground. This removes the threat of Underhill being deemed unsuitable for football league standards in the foreseeable future.
However, Tony Kleanthous' vision remains to build Barnet a 10,000 all seater stadium. The aim is to do this within the Borough of Barnet and discussions continue with the council to find a suitable site.
6.Will the PEPF site be Barnet's home in the future?
Given a combination of football league requirements, planning restrictions in force at PEPF and the likely views of residents there are no plans for the PEPF site to house Barnet's first XI in the future.
7.Will Wealdstone FC be able to use this site for their reserves and youth teams
8.Why were Wealdstone FC not able to develop the site themselves
Wealdstone FC received and spent almost £1.8m in public funding together with over £3m in private funding jointly with Stadia Management Limited. Work on the site began in May 2003 and approximately 60% of the planned scheme was completed until work stopped in Spring 2004.
When that scheme failed because of Stadia Management's insolvency Wealdstone FC then negotiated for a period of many months with The Caledonian Group (Scarborough Developments). Just at the point of works restarting on site, with a new deal having been painstakingly agreed between all parties, the Caledonian Group decided not to continue with the project.
At that point (April 2005) Harrow Council then decided to take back control of the site. They first decided to commission chartered surveyors Drivers Jonas to research the market and report on potential ways forward. This process was completed early in 2006 and gave the Council a number of different options. These included completely community based to fully revenue driven commercial schemes. The Council then requested that two of the parties produce a full tender proposal. Barnet FC Holdings were successful in this process.
9.Why was Barnet FC Holdings chosen?
Barnet FC Holdings' proposals, under the title 'Football First' were most closely aligned to the stated community priorities that the Council had. These included providing a home for Wealdstone FC, and providing high quality community football facilities for the borough of Harrow.
10.Does Wealdstone FC, with crowds of just over 300, need a stadium built to this high quality spec?
It is important that the whole site is built to a high quality specification in order to be attractive for users and to be successful
All parties involved agree that this development gives Wealdstone FC the best opportunity to progress as a Club and substantially grow attendances in the future.
It will also be much easier to build facilities for Wealdstone to grow into now rather than continue to provide disruption in the future to residents and the site.
11.What does this mean for Wealdstone's future independence?
Wealdstone FC remain a completely independent club. Nothing changes in that respect.
12.What is Wealdstone FC's security of tenure?
It is envisaged that Wealdstone will be offered a licence mirroring Barnet FC Holding's 125 year lease from the London Borough of Harrow.
13.How will Wealdstone FC generate sustainable future income streams from PEPF?
This will remain the challenge for Wealdstone FC. Having a home, with quality facilities to offer to potential sponsors will greatly help the Club's opportunities to develop sponsorship and advertising as well as attracting future investors.
Once the future of the PEPF development is sorted, the Club will then be able to devote considerably more energy and resource in developing these opportunities.
Discussions have started, and will continue with Barnet FC Holdings to agree the best deal for all parties to allow Wealdstone FC to grow in the future.
14.Have we got a bar?
There will be a matchday bar for Wealdstone supporters as part of the planned development.
15.What will happen to bar revenues?
This is part of the ongoing negotiations between Wealdstone FC and Barnet FC Holdings.
16.When will these negotiations need to be completed by?
No final date is set but clearly by completion of the planned development.
17.How will Barnet FC Holdings recoup their investment?
This is a question for Barnet FC Holdings, but it should be remembered the site will operate two FIFA approved third generation synthetic grass pitches as well as health and leisure facilities.
18.Will Barnet's community plan conflict with our own developments in the community?
We do not believe so.
Although it is clear that Barnet FC will become very involved in community development in the Borough of Harrow, the schemes that Barnet and Wealdstone currently offer remain complimentary (ie PROTEC and the Wealdstone FC Stanmore College sponsorship). Both Clubs will continue to run and develop their junior teams and also their own links within the wider community, including Ladies football, which is well established already at Barnet FC.
19.Can you detail the timing of events and development of the site
Wednesday 12 July Wealdstone FC hold meeting with members, shareholders and supporters
Thursday 13 July Local papers publish story
Monday 17 July Portacabin installed on PEPF
Tuesday 18 July Formal public meeting to be held at Canons School
Wed 19-Fri 21 July Residents meetings on PEPF site each evening
3 August Council cabinet meet to formally approve development
Sept/Oct Expected date for planning application to be heard
20.Is it likely that the revised scheme will need further Planning permission?
This will be needed, though it is not expected to be a major planning application as many of the requirements are catered for in the current planning permissions.
21.What is the 'green' stadium
The 'green' stadium will be at first a basic stadium, able to accommodate a few hundred supporters in rows of seats down one side of the pitch. It will be floodlit and have the potential to be developed further in the future should there be a requirement.
It is envisaged that Wealdstone reserves and youth will make use of this facility as well as Barnet Ladies and Youth sides. It will also be available to house prestige community tournaments.
22.Are Edgware Town FC involved in this development?
Edgware Town FC has no involvement in this project.
23.What other sports are planned for the PEPF site?
Facilities will exist to support most sports that can be played on open playing fields. Sports like tennis that require specially marked out areas for play remain under discussion at present.
The Harrow Times today broke a story on the PEPF Development in advance of Thursday's Publication Date as follows. Wealdstone FC will make a statement following the Supporters Meeting tomorrow evening (Details above).
Deal with league team means home at last for rolling Stones
By Charlie Harris
Wealdstone FC has joined forces with a Football League club to get its long delayed stadium in Canons Park completed and opened. And the deal with neighboring Barnet FC heralds a major boost for football at all levels across the borough of Harrow.
The partnership, which was announced on Monday (July 10), means that the half-finished stadium and other facilities on the Prince Edward Playing Fields off Camrose Avenue should be in use in time for the 2007 season.
Stones will then have a home of their own for the first time since selling the club's Lower Mead ground in central Harrow to Tesco 15 years ago. They are currently ground sharing with Northwood FC, their fourth such arrangement. Barnet will get facilities to complement its Underhill stadium, including a training ground, a venue for community coaching, and a site for a planned football academy for boys and girls.
Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous said his was a community club, and the partnership with Stones would enable it to fulfill a vision, bringing its experience of community football to the borough of Harrow.
Since Wealdstone's plans for the Prince Edward Playing Fields collapsed nearly two years ago, the site has been abandoned and the uncompleted buildings have become dilapidated.
Barnet FC's holding company will take over a 125-year lease from Harrow Council, which owns the fields, and, subject to planning approval and consultation with local residents, will complete the work, improving on the original plans and adding new facilities, including a second, "green stadium", health club, sports injury clinic, banqueting suite and cafe. Stones would then rent the main stadium from Barnet FC and eventually, it is hoped, set up its own community programme to run alongside Barnet's.
Wealdstone director Howard Krais said: "We are delighted and very excited about working with Tony. "We share his vision and are very committed to the community."
A public meeting to discuss the plans is to be held at Canons High School at 6.30pm on Tuesday, July 18. Meetings for residents will be held at the playing fields from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday the 19th and Friday the 21st. The plan will be discussed by Harrow Council's cabinet on August 3.
FA Competition Draws Announced
The draws for the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Youth Cup were made this morning.
w/c 27/09/06 - 1st Qual Round
w/c 13/10/06 - 2nd Qual Round
The full draws for all three competitions are available on the FA website.
Stones Pre-Season Training starts with 36!
Wealdstone Manager Gordon Bartlett took charge with his team of 36 players as Wealdstone started Pre-Season Training this week.
Those present included players already signed as well as a number of new faces that hope to play their way into the squad for the start of the season, coming from last years squad as well as from other clubs. There were also one or two unavailable because of holidays and such like and they will join the squad over the next fortnight as some others leave on their annual breaks.
One downside of the evening was an injury to Graham Hall, suffered recently on a Stag Weekend (he marries on 17/7) when a Go-Kart crash left him with a knee injury that is taking a long time to heal, though it is hoped that a restful honeymoon and training thereafter will see him return to the side before too long.
Stones Junior Section host Successful Presentation Evening
A strong contingent of both players and parents were at Broadfields for Wealdstone FC's Youth Team presentation night.
On hand to give out the awards were first team manager, Gordon Bartlett and a player who has come through their Scholarship scheme into the first team, Lee Holland.
All the players were given a trophy for taking part during the season and their were also individual awards for Managers and Committee Members. These included the Chairmans Award, which was presented to Mark Britton who has been with his team since under 8's and has just finished his ninth season.
Carl Blair was named Manager of the Year, he has put endless work in, mainly on his own for many years and this was recognized by everyone.
Both Mark and Carl also received Long Service Awards while Chairman Allison Moran also received a small award for her services to the club in many different roles over the years.
The under 13's assistant manager Paul Carter also received the teams Clubman of the Year award for all his help during the season.
Individual Awards for each age group were:
Wealdstone announce three more signings for the new season
Stones manager Gordon Bartlett has announced three more players who have put pen to paper and signed for the club for the forthcoming British Gas Business Southern League campaign.
Current Squad Details......
British Gas Business has confirmed it is to succeed Dr. Martens as the Southern Football League's sponsor for the next three seasons, commencing from August 2006. The announcement was made at the Southern League's Annual General Meeting in Torquay on Saturday, June 24th.
Ken Turner, newly elected Chairman of the Southern League, said: We were delighted to make the announcement at our AGM of the new partnership and title sponsorship with British Gas Business and look forward to fostering the relationship over the three years of the sponsorship and beyond.
"Having a nationally renowned company associated with the Southern Football League underlines the status of the League and will help us to raise the profile of the semi professional game as a whole.
"The significant investment will ensure a solid platform for the future and allow us to continue the development work throughout the League."
Harrow Stones Stars win the World Cup!
Harrow Stones Stars FC won a mini-World Cup tournament to mark Mencap's learning disability week June 18-25.
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Wealdstone announce three more signings for the new season
Stones manager Gordon Bartlett has announced another three players who have signed for the club for the forthcoming Southern League campaign.
Current Squad Details......
Wealdstone announce first signings for the new season
Stones manager Gordon Bartlett has announced the first players who have signed for the club for the forthcoming Southern League campaign.
Current Squad Details......
Pre Season Fixtures Online
Stones have announced their full Pre Season fixture list which starts with a match away to Leverstock Green FC. The full list is available - click here: Full Pre-Season Schedule
All previous news can be found in the Archive section on this site.
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