Wealdstone’s second full warm up match of the new campaign, this time at The Vale, saw them dominate Calor League Division One Central side, Slough Town, from virtually start to finish. And whilst no one in the Stones camp will be getting carried away on the back of this high scoring game, nonetheless the early signs are good looking at the new crop of players and how play and understanding is shaping up.
Stones movement and sharpness gradually wore down a Rebels side that must have been a little weary in some sections having played only the previous evening at Hayes and Yeading in energy sapping conditions.
Some slick interchanges and quick feet from Stones almost brought reward when Scott McGleish uncharacteristically blasted over after some clever work from Chris Moore.
Increasingly Spanish triallist Luis Carlos again caught the eye with some skilful and determined midfield play.
The towering Nathan Koo-Booth also enjoyed a very dominant display in the heart of Stones defence in place of the unavailable Wes Parker which together with a quick, tight looking defence snuffed out what Slough had in attack.
Stones opened the scoring on 20 minutes when some delightful skill from Carlos delivered up a goal on a plate for Scott McGleish to tap home past the exposed Slough custodian, James Hawtree.
Only two minutes later fellow striker Chris Moore made space and lobbed brilliantly over Hawtree for Stones second after some typically high tempo play through the midfield.
In the second half, as at Hitchin on Saturday Wealdstone rotated and brought it all of the remainder of the squad including goalkeeper Ben Goode who looked safe and assured in his handling.
After the Rebels had won a corner, Stones came roaring back down the slope and from a Stefan Bailey strike that wasn’t held, Peter Dean was on hand to poach his first goal of the evening, firing in from an acute angle with aplomb.
Dean again soon made it four as the Rebels visibly backed off in the heat. Jey Silva’s attempted curler was parried by the beleaguered Hawtree and the bearded striker was perfectly placed to score.
It was soon 5-0 as Stones were allowed far too much time and space. The lively Lewis Putman brilliantly controlled a skied ball and passed to Stefan Bailey who gratefully passed the ball into an empty net.
The scoring was concluded by the fleet footed Putman; with a few minutes of the match remaining he turned, made space and his powerful left foot did the rest.
Wealdstone: North, Hammond, Silva, Koo-Booth, Cronin, Martin, Webb, Godfrey, McGleish, Moore, Carlos, Subs all used; Bailey, Putman, Okimo, Brooks, Dean, McCubbin, Goode (GK)