Chaps wings it!

Gordon Bartlett admitted this week former skipper Lee Chappell might just be the solution to his winger problem.The Stones boss has repeatedly been left frustrated this season by delivery into the box from wide areas despite the string of candidates who have auditioned for the part. The likes of Scott McCubbin, Jake Parsons, Nikki Ahamed and the mercurial Danny Spendlove have all had the shirt at various points.

However, there was a strong hint Chappell may have jumped to the head of the queue after claiming two assists in Tuesday night’s FA Trophy replay win over Margate. 

Gordon Bartlett: “We have lacked a little bit on the left hand side this year, in fact we’ve probably lacked a little bit in wide areas full stop. I think all the boys who have played there this year will by their own admission say they have been disappointed with what they have produced, we certainly have.

From something which looked nice and bright during pre-season we’ve not reproduced that in competitive games. Today it was the ideal surface on which to knock it in behind defenders who are then going towards their own goal – and what happens, Brooksy (Kurtney Brooks) gets it out to Chappell who puts a great ball in and Richard Jolly does what he does best.”

However, it is not only going forward Bartlett wants his team to be more clinical. He admits his defenders need to keep things more simple and be prepared to do the ugly stuff if Stones are to reap real reward from the campaign starting with Saturday’s visit to league leaders Billericaye.

“In games like Billericay and in general we are going to have to be prepared to be a bit uglier and kick a few balls over the stand. Even tonight with the goal we conceded I looked at Hicksy (David Hicks) and felt he could have put his foot through it and cleared it.

The number one thing when you are winning 1-0 is giving no chances away and we did. If at 1-0 you smack it over the stand it is not very pretty, but it is effective because you don’t want to concede.”

Courtesy Harrow Observer