Aug 25 2012 By Jon Batham
Wealdstone 2-0 Leiston
WEALDSTONE continued their unbeaten start to the season with victory over Leiston amid thunderstorms at The Vale today.
Goals from Scott Fitzgerald and Tom Pett secured a regulation 2-0 victory for the Stones as they made it seven points from the first nine on a day when the weather produced more fireworks than the football.
The Stones side showed two changes from Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with East Thurrock with Chris O’Leary returning to midfield after suspension and Fitzgerald in for Peter Dean away on holiday in America.
Nathan Webb dropped to the bench, but there was no place for Shabazz Baidoo because of his on-going hamstring injury.
A huge thunderstorm delayed kick-off for 15 minutes and when the game did get underway it was slow to come to the boil.
It was 14 minutes before the first real threat on goal when Scott McCubbin’s driven cross clawed out by Louis Johnson before Pett headed the rebound wide.
Pett’s cross-cum-shot was blocked behind by the legs of Johnson and the visitors’ keeper was soon in action again pushing aside Jolly’s header from a trademark Lee Chappell long throw.
Fitzgerald then saw his shot sliced behind by Joe Jefford and Stones were closer still on 38 minutes from the best move of the half.
Wes Parker brought the ball out of defence before passing to Brooks whose defence splitting pass sent Pett clear down the right.
His driven cross found Jolly closing in but although his toe poke beat Johnson it hit the crossbar and went behind.
The goal they had threatened came on 42 minutes when Chappell and Brooks combined down the left and when the former crossed in Fitzgerald found a yard of space inside the box to slide the ball past Johnson.
The visitors’ best chances came in a 10-minute spell just after the interval. First, Danny Thrower headed in a 52nd minute cross from the left only for the effort to be ruled out for a push by the midfield man on Chappell.
This galvanised Leiston and Gareth Heath twice came close to a leveller three minutes later, seeing his first effort blocked by O’Leary before his second strike from the edge of the box hit the outside of the near post.
Thunder and lightning then returned and it seemed to spark the hosts into life as they clinched victory on 70 minutes.
Substitute Webb, on for a limping Alex Dyer, did well down the right and when the cross came in Pett took a touch before hammering the ball home via the underside of the bar.