"The togetherness in this Wealdstone group is unique"
Stuart Maynard said he discovered plenty more about this progressive squad of players as the Stones chiselled out a goalless National League draw at home to Yeovil Town on Bank Holiday Monday.
The squad depth and stamina of the part-timers was tested to the limit after they were reduced to ten men for the second successive game, this time after just ten minutes when Lewis Kinsella was sent off, and they rose to the challenge once more, keeping a third straight clean sheet and collecting their tenth point in four games. "We've got a great team spirit and it's come really quickly," said Maynard. "Normally it takes a bit of time to build team spirit but we've got a togetherness within the group which is unique this season and I think that's why we're in the league position that we're in." It says plenty about the start to the season and the ambition that there was a sense of disappointment in dropping from first to third in the National League on the back of this result in front of more than 1,700 fans at The Vale. "We played a game and a half with men which is a skill," said Maynard. "We felt comfortable ... and I thought we looked dangerous on the break so yes, lots of positives. I'd settle for four points over a Bank Holiday weekend, especially traveling to Gateshead and then having to come back, get in recovery times and then play again so soon. The lads have done unbelievable.
"I don't get why Wrexham are playing Gateshead on a Tuesday night and we all can't play on a Tuesday night. It just it baffles me. It's frustrating but it's one of those things. We'll go again on Sunday [against Wrexham]. We've got an extra day to recover which will help and we'll go again." Maynard had no complaints about the early sending off of Kinsella. "I thought the ref got the big decisions right," said Maynard. "I thought the sending off was correct. It's silly from Lewis, but the lads have dug him out of a hole." The manager asked for the fans to come out and support his team on Bank Holiday, to be the 12th man and they responded. "They were loud and they helped us get the point," said Maynard. "They got right behind the lads and that's what we've got to be like all season."
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