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Wealdstone boss insists recent success against Harrow Borough will count for nothing in derby
2:40pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett insists the club’s recent success against Harrow Borough will have no bearing when they travel to their rivals on Saturday.
The Stones are unbeaten in the last six meetings between the sides dating back to April 2010 but Bartlett believes this will count for little when they clash at Earlsmead.
Bartlett said: “We have had the upper hand recently but that is all in the past. I don’t look at past records or results because it’s all about now. It’s a new season so we will just focus on trying to do our best this weekend.
“There is a bit of rivalry there but for us it’s all about keeping the momentum going.
“I’ve always said that the local derbies are for the fans. It is important to everybody but it’s no different to any other game for us.”
The Stones remain unbeaten in the Ryman Premier Division and earned their first win after a 3-0 victory at Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday night.
Joel Ledgister was sent off for a second booking after he handled the ball in the area. Sean Cronin took full advantage as he converted the penalty to give Wealdstone the lead.
The visitors were in control during the second half and doubled their lead in the 72nd minute when former player Tommy Brewer scored an own goal.
Substitute Peter Dean sealed the win late on when he netted from close range.
Bartlett, whose side have drawn three of their four league games, said: “It’s been a steady start but we could easily have been sitting here with 12 points.
“I don’t think we’ve got things right yet but if you’ve come away and 3-0 there are no massive concerns and it’s just a case of little tweaks here and there.”
Wealdstone fought back twice to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Wingate & Finchley on Saturday.
The hosts required equalisers from Chris Moore and Tom Pett although Bartlett insists they should have won the game.
The manager said: “In the last 30 minutes it was no exaggeration to say that we had seven clear-cut chances.
“The big disappointment is we didn’t make the keeper work. We hit the bar and missed the target so it’s disappointing we failed to turn our superiority into three points.”
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