Wealdstone overcome conditions to defeat Bury Town

Harrow Times: Gordon Bartlett watches on in the rain: Steve Foster/Wealdstone FC Gordon Bartlett watches on in the rain: Steve Foster/Wealdstone FC

Wealdstone overcome horrendous conditions to defeat Bury Town 3-0 and keep within touching distance of the top of the Ryman Premier Division.

The Stones displayed all their battling qualities as they halted their two-match losing sequence.

Wealdstone’s win has left them third in the table but they have three games in hand on leaders Dulwich Hamlet.

Gordon Bartlett’s side got off to the ideal start when they grabbed a sixth minute opener.

New striker Michael Malcolm’s effort was parried by Marcus Garnham but Scott McGleish pounced to fire home the rebound from a tight angle.

The hosts were on top after this breakthrough and only a series of excellent saves from Garnham kept the scoreline down.

McGleish looked certain to add to his tally when he was put through on goal but the keeper managed to block his effort.

The Stones’ pressure was finally rewarded with a second goal 12 minutes after the restart.

Malcolm managed to flick a header past the goalkeeper which gave the hosts more breathing space.

Glen Little almost created a third goal for Wealdstone when he sent in a cross but Tom Pett was unable to get enough power on his header.

The referee was forced to take the players off temporarily due to lightening and stormy weather.

When the Stones came back out they handled conditions much better than their opponents.

Wealdstone sealed the victory with their third goal when McGleish headed home Pett’s cross.

Bartlett’s side were due to face Lewes in midweek but the heavy rain forced the match to be postponed.

The Stones are without a league match this weekend so they will instead take on St Albans City away on Saturday with a 12pm kick-off.

Wealdstone’s next league outing is on Tuesday night when they visit Lowestoft Town in the first of their back-to-back meetings.

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