Dec 20 2012 by Matt Lewis, Harrow Observer
GORDON Bartlett’s Christmas wish list starts with three points at home to bogey side Lewes on Saturday.
The Rooks are one of just two teams to inflict a defeat on the Stones in the first 15 Ryman Premier games of this season.
That 1-0 result in August followed a stormy match at the Dripping Pan last October, which Lewes won with a contentious penalty and a red card for Peter Dean.
The Stones boss does not hold with bogey teams and reckons the August defeat was only a blip in an otherwise excellent few months.
“We didn’t have the best time down there last season but I’m not into this bogey teams and all that. It’s all about us at a particular moment and right now that is about us going out and doing a job next Saturday.
“If we talk about past records then I would say our home record has been very good but Lewes are a bogey team. You can either look at it as a positive or a negative but I don’t want to look at it either way, and instead just think we’re good enough to beat anybody on our day.
“We must pay Lewes respect because they’re one of the teams that beat us. We’ve learned a lot from last season and we’re stronger now as a group in terms of ability and mentality. We’ve laid solid foundations.
“This Christmas period is massive for us and we are playing a few sides below us. We need to pick up nine or 10 points because we’ve got a tough run of Saturdays in January.”
Nathan Webb is Bartlett’s only injury concern. The defender is recovering from an ankle problem.