Lavers and Long move on

Stones Manager Gordon Bartlett has revealed that a couple of players have moved on to pastures new. Speaking to The HA1 website Gordon Bartlett said that he is hoping to add two players to his squad ahead of their match with Hastings United.

The Wealdstone boss is battling with a number of injuries to key players while Louis Lavers and Ben Long have also decided to seek first- team football elsewhere. Bartlett said: It’s frustration more than anything else. They’re young lads that are not playing and want to be in the side. Louis is apparently having a trial at Braintree and I don’t know about Ben yet.

Four players also still struggling with injuries Chris O’Leary left Grosvenor Vale on crutches on Monday night while Kurtney Brooks (ankle) Darren Locke and Scott Fitzgerald (knee) also set to miss this weekend’s match with Hastings United. Bartlett had planned to watch potential new signings at two games this week, both of which were cancelled because of the weather. The Stones boss admitted he was looking to step up his recruitment drive but would not be rushed into quick decisions. I said there was going to be no immediate panic and I’m still not going to be like that, said Bartlett. We’ve got to try to bring in the right people but obviously this is already a small squad. We’re looking to try and bring a couple in before the weekend if possible.

Hastings have also suffered a disastrous start to 2011 and will arrive at Grosvenor Vale having lost seven of their last eight league games. Bartlett is hoping his Stones side can take advantage of that poor form this weekend, especially after a frustrating defeat against Margate on Monday. We probably camped in their half for probably the majority of the second half and somehow we managed to get nothing from a game where we probably deserved all three points. Things were going very well during November and December, but we’ve had a hiccup and we’ve got to put it right quickly.