Jan 17 2013 by Paul Bishop , Harrow Observer
GORDON Bartlett faces a race against time this week to find a new member of Wealdstone’s rear-guard.
Shaun Cronin is currently the only fit centre-back on Stones’ books with club captain Wes Parker still struggling with a number of niggles and former Watford loanee Aaron Tumwa having departed for a trial with relegation-haunted League one outfit Colchester United.
With resources stretched, boss Bartlett has had his little black book out in a bid to fill the void.
However, with the clock ticking and a promotion campaign to keep on track, he admits he has so far drawn a blank.
He said: “It is a bit of a concern with Wes still struggling a bit. I spent a lot of time this week trying to bolster what we have got, but I need to do it by Saturday.”
If push comes to shove Stones could deploy James Hammond in the role he has played on a few occasions previously, leaving Scott McCubbin and Nathan Webb to compete for a place at right back.
Bartlett will be bolstered by the return of both Lee Chappell (holiday) and Richard Jolly (stag party) for the trip to Essex.
The game could also provide another opportunity to have a look at Bulgarian new arrival Asen Valchev, who made a good impression during a cameo appearance of the bench in the win over Bognor on Saturday.
“Asen watched a game about a month ago, spoke to Leo (Morris) and we invited him into training,” added Bartlett.
“He played for the reserves on Wednesday and we liked the look of him.”