Wealdstone boss claims side can still improve despite going top of the league

Harrow Times: The Stones defeated Wingate & Finchley: Steve Foster/Wealdstone FC The Stones defeated Wingate & Finchley: Steve Foster/Wealdstone FC

Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett insists there is still a lot more to come from his side despite reaching a cup final and moving top of the league.

The Stones are through to the Middlesex Senior Cup final against Hampton & Richmond Borough after thrashing Harefield United 4-0.

Bartlett’s side have also climbed into first place in the Ryman Premier Division after victories over Carshalton Athletic and Wingate & Finchley.

Bartlett said: “We have scored ten goals and conceded two in our last three games without playing particularly well. We have a lot of mental strength and a desire to succeed.

“I think there is more to come and we are confident we can drive on from here. We should thrive on it.

“It’s all about bringing the best out of the squad and we are striving to improve.”

Wealdstone have opened up a two-point advantage at the top of the league but significantly have four games in hand over second-placed Dulwich Hamlet.

Bartlett said: “Everybody would prefer to be in our position. It’s up to us to see the job through in the last third of the season.

“Everyone is looking at us now and we’re the ones they all want to beat. We have to cope with that and it’s exactly what we’ve done in the last three games.”

The Stones’ most recent victory came in a 2-0 win at Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday night.

Mark Bentley fired the visitors in front before Carl McCluskey sealed the points two minutes into the second half.

Bartlett said: “We started slowly and Wingate definitely had the better of the first 20 minutes. But after we got the goals we were comfortable in the second half.”

The victory was their second away success of the week after a 4-2 win at Carshalton Athletic.

Michael Malcolm and Stefan Bailey netted braces for the Stones at Colston Avenue.

Bartlett said: “We started well and scored after just two minutes but after that we were lethargic and flat. I’m not sure why but it felt a bit like an end of season game.

“It was 2-2 at the break but we scored after half-time and it knocked the stuffing out of them. In the end, we won comfortably.”

The Stones host East Thurrock United this weekend before travelling to Hendon on Monday night.

Bartlett, who is set to be without Bailey due to an eye injury and Malcolm because of an eye condition, said: “We know that they will be two very difficult games. East Thurrock will be tough while Hendon were the better team when we last played them. I think they’re a very good side.”

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