Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett sets points target for title

Harrow Times: Scott McGleish celebrates scoring a hat-trick: Steve Foster/Wealdstone FC Scott McGleish celebrates scoring a hat-trick: Steve Foster/Wealdstone FC

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett believes his side will win the league if they can pick up 24 points from their last 12 games.

The Stones are currently six points clear at the top of the Ryman Premier Division and have games in hand on their nearest challengers.

Wealdstone picked up four points from their last two games and Bartlett thinks his side will win promotion as long as they maintain this return for the rest of the season.

Bartlett said: “If we continue to get two points per game then I believe we will win the league.

“We have been very consistent and we just need to maintain that through 46 games this season.”

The Stones battled to a hard-earned 0-0 draw at Hendon on Monday night when the visitors were missing eight players, including Glen Little and Stefan Bailey.

Bartlett said: “They are the best side that we’ve played in the last couple of months. It was always going to be tough but then when you throw in the fact that we had eight players missing and it just made it tougher.

“I was extremely pleased to come out of with a very important point. The shape of the side wasn’t at its best but we had great work ethic and character.”

He added: “Eight players missing was a lot and we were down to the bare bones in the squad.

“If you take eight players out of any side then you will find it difficult so credit to the players for battling to a very valuable point.”

It was only the second time that they failed to score in the league but there was no such problem on Saturday as they thrashed East Thurrock United 5-0.

Tom Pett and Bailey scored but the outstanding player was Scott McGleish after he claimed his first hat-trick for the Stones.

Bartlett said: “For someone aged 40, he is a shining example to everyone. He is a winner and a credit to himself.

“He keeps himself in great shape and still has the hunger of a teenager. He can definitely go on for a while yet.

“He works for the team and not just himself and that is a very important thing for us.”

Teenage Millwall striker Charlie Penny came off the bench for his debut after joining until the end of the season.

Bartlett said: “He did well when he came on and worked his socks off on Monday.

“He has pace and I think he will be a valuable addition between now and the end of the season.”

Wealdstone legends George Duck and Willie Watson entertained supporters at a lunch before Saturday’s game.

Bartlett said: “It was a good day with a big crowd again and two legends coming down. The place was heaving in the evening and it was a very good day for the football club.”

The league leaders travel to Leiston this weekend before visiting Lewes on Tuesday night.

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