Feb 10 2011 By Jon Batham
GORDON Bartlett believes 65 could be the magic number for Wealdstone this season.
That is the figure the Stones boss thinks could still get his charges a place in the end-of-season play-off mix but, despite 10 goals in the last two league games, Bartlett insists his side still need more killer instinct if they are to achieve their goal.
He was still smarting from going out of the Middlesex Senior Cup to Staines on penalties on Monday night - a game he felt his side should have won before the spot-kick lottery, given their more clinical edge in front of goal.
He said: "I believe 65 points will give us a chance, but Monday’s game left me very disappointed because again we played great football, passed it well but lacked a killer instinct.
"My frustration is it has happened too many times this season."
Bartlett’s comments come despite 10 goals in the last two league games - part of a four-game winning streak in the Ryman Premier Division.
He acknowledged it is a record which faces a big test from Saturday’s visitors to Grosvenor Vale, Canvey Island.
He said: "They are on a decent run, but we owe them after we outplayed them at their place earlier in the season and they snatched a draw with a 97th minute goal - but again that illustrates the need for killer instinct."
Monday’s cup exit was the third time this season Stones have bowed out of a cup competition on penalties in a Monday night replay, and it reignited the football versus finance debate Bartlett is having with members of the board.
While extra bodies through the gate on Monday have boosted revenue, Bartlett is convinced fortunes on the field have suffered because of a lack of recovery time and he intends to look at last season’s midweek results to February to establish how they compare.
He added: "My job is to get results. I believe in this squad and feel it is about time we won something.
"There is no doubt the Monday games bring in more money, but the players don’t like them and our record in them this season isn’t flattering."