Jan 3 2013 Jon Batham, Harrow Observer
GORDON Bartlett has urged his Wealdstone side to show their true colours at Kingstonian on Saturday and halt the first blip of their 2012-13 campaign.
Stones’ shock defeat at home to Wingate & Finchley on New Year’s Day followed hot-on-the heels of the Boxing Day derby draw with another of the league’s strugglers Harrow Borough.
Throw in defeat at bogey team Lowestoft earlier last month and it means Bartlett’s men have taken just four points from the last 12.
The Wingate defeat drew out the nay sayers on the club’s forum, one asking if it was ‘the beginning of the end of a nearly team,’ while another recalled the 2002-3 side’s plummet from third to mid-table obscurity.
Bartlett however has called on his players to in-still faith in the waverers once more. He said: “When things are going well character is dead easy – it’s when things go wrong you see the true character of players and I expect to see a response.
“When results go against you people will always question you and what we have to do is show character, bounce back from it and prove the doubters wrong.”
Bartlett hopes to have Peter Dean (groin) back in the squad for the trip to Kingsmeadow where Stones have an excellent recent record and should have the best surface in the Ryman league on which to rediscover their brand of passing football – conspicuous by its absence over the last two matches at least.