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Wealdstone boss admits team are in transition after summer departures
Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett insists his team are in transition after the departure of a group of key players during the summer.
The Stones suffered Ryman Premier Division play-off heartbreak last season and the close season has seen six players leave Grosvenor Vale.
Prolific striker Richard Jolly retired, Alex Dyer joined Welling United while Lee Chappell, Chris O’Leary and Darren Locke have moved to St Albans City. Goalkeeper Rikki Banks also left the Stones.
Bartlett has brought in defenders Jey Siva and Jerome Okimo. New midfielders Adam Martin and Jack Hutchinson will be joined by former Reading winger Glen Little once the 37-year-old receives international clearance. Striker Lewis Putman also arrived from Oxhey Jets but is out for several months with a knee injury.
Bartlett said: “We are a team in transition. If you take out the players we’ve lost then they’re difficult to replace.
“I’m happy enough with the squad but we know we need to strengthen.
“It hasn’t been easy and everybody has to realise with all these changes it will take a bit of time for the squad to settle down.”
The Stones are still looking for their first win after an opening 1-1 draw at Maidstone United on Saturday and being held 2-2 at home to Bognor Regis Town on Monday.
Chris Moore’s equaliser earned a point at Maidstone but Wealdstone blew a 2-0 lead at home to Bognor.
Wes Parker and Elliot Godfrey scored for the hosts but costly mistakes denied them maximum points.
Bartlett said: “It’s been a frustrating week because we’ve got two points but could easily have had six points.
“We have to be a bit more professional because we’ve let Bognor back into the game with two individual errors.
“We gave the ball away in our own half on all three goals this week and this is something we need to iron out quickly.”
The manager added: “In pre-season we conceded 11 goals and ten of them were our own fault. It hasn’t been collective errors but we’ve been making individual mistakes. The good thing is I’m confident we can easily resolve this.”
The Stones host Wingate & Finchley this weekend before travelling to Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday.
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