Wealdstone beaten in Ryman League Cup

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Wealdstone were knocked out of the Ryman League Cup after a 1-0 defeat at Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday night.

The Stones fielded a makeshift defence, with Chris O’Leary forced to start at centre-back, and they were unable to field a full bench against the Ryman Division One South outfit.

Wealdstone were under constant pressure from Dulwich and goalkeeper Rikki Banks was forced to save Erhun Oztomer’s effort.

The hosts came even closer after half an hour when Ellis Green hit a 20-yard strike which cannoned off the Stones’ post.

Dulwich grabbed the goal they deserved shortly after the restart when Josh Turner’s header was parried by Banks but the keeper was powerless to stop Ryan James smashing in the rebound.

Wealdstone created a rare opportunity when Peter Dean floated a ball into the area and Richard Jolly headed over from 12 yards out.

Substitute Tom Pett had the visitors’ last chance but he could only fire straight at home keeper Phil Wilson.

Wealdstone climbed up to second in the Ryman Premier table after picking up their first win of the year on Saturday.

The Stones managed to come out on top in a 1-0 home victory over promotion rivals Bognor Regis Town.

Gordon Bartlett’s side started brightly and almost grabbed the lead but Dean’s header was parried by Bognor shot stopper Tom Boyle.

Banks was tested for the first time when Lewis Stockford’s strike was well saved.

The breakthrough came 16 minutes from time when Dean laid the ball off to Alex Dyer and he finished sharply from the edge of the area.

Bartlett’s side had one last scare in the final minute when Stuart Axten’s effort was cleared off the line by Dean.

Wealdstone travel to Thurrock at the weekend before visiting Margate on Tuesday night.

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