Dec 20 2012 by Matt Lewis, Harrow Observer
GORDON Bartlett is having to perform a juggling act with his strikers but insists all three front men are essential to the club’s promotion push.
Richard Jolly and Peter Dean have been joined at Grosvenor Vale by new signing Chris Moore. The former Uxbridge hitman scored twice on his home debut (match report below).
Three into two does not go and Dean was the man to make way for Moore on Saturday, and Jolly, last season’s top marksman, had to settle for a place on the bench in the 3-0 defeat to Lowestoft a week earlier.
Bartlett understands players will be disappointed to miss out. However, the experienced manager believes the trio are all important members of the squad and all will be needed if the club are to challenge for the Ryman Premier title.
“I haven’t said anything to them,” Bartlett said when asked if he had spoken with his strikers about the situation.
“The only person I’ve spoken to was Peter on Saturday when I sat him down to give him my reasons for not starting with him. We didn’t start Jolls [Richard Jolly] the week before and didn’t start Peter this weekend, so nobody has a divine right to be in the team.
“Chris adds something different and it’s harsh on Peter because he’s been doing very well. Chris gives us more of an aerial threat and what he bring to us is that ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play. It’s nice to have the choice of three strikers now and he did well and deserved his two goals.
“Our number one focus is to have the best squad we can within the budget that gives us the best chance of being there or thereabouts come the end of the season. With that in mind I need to have three strikers because people are going to be injured, suspended or unavailable or whatever the case may be.
“You must have strength in depth and Chris Moore gives us that.”
Bartlett will have another selection dilemma for this Saturday’s visit of Lewes with all three strikers fit and raring to go against the Rooks.