Wealdstone boss insists there are no concerns despite Canvey Island defeat

The Stones are still in the running for promotion from the Ryman Premier Division: Steve Foster/Wealdstone FC

The Stones are still in the running for promotion from the Ryman Premier Division: Steve Foster/Wealdstone FC

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Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett insists he has no concerns despite his title challengers losing their second game in a row.

The Stones lost 3-2 at Canvey Island on Saturday as they slipped off the top of the Ryman Premier Division.

But Bartlett said: “It was a game we contrived to lose after having total control of it. We should have killed off the game and the three goals could have been avoided.

“Looking at the performance, there was nothing to worry about. If we had been outplayed I would be concerned but the display was good enough to have won comfortably.”

Canvey Island led through Jason Hallett but goals from Tom Pett and Jonny Wright put the visitors in the ascendancy.

However an 85th minute Tom Strickland goal and an injury time header from Nick Humphrey stunned Wealdstone.

The Stones handed debuts to utility midfielder Carl McCluskey following his arrival from Hendon and striker Michael Malcolm after being released from Maidenhead.

Bartlett said: “Michael will add a bit of pace and experience to the attack. I think they will both be good additions to the squad.”

In other transfer news, striker Chris Moore has left the club by mutual consent. Moore wanted more regular football, which the Stones could not guarantee.

Bartlett, whose side host Billericay Town this weekend, has set his sights on another 15 wins from their remaining 22 matches.

He said: “We’ve got 15 wins already and I think another 15 is a realistic target for us to achieve our ambition.

“That will be enough to guarantee us a play-off place and if we get that then we could start to think about the title.”

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