RYMAN LEAGUE CUP THIRD ROUND Staines Town 2 Wealdstone 1 (after extra time)
Wealdstone gave high-flying Ryman Premier rivals Staines a scare in the League Cup on Tuesday night and boss Gordon Bartlett more reason to believe his side's promotion credentials.
Dave Sargent fired the Massive into a first half lead from the penalty spot but Greg Ngoyi levelled early into the second period. The result could have gone either way but it was down to former professional Scott Taylor to plunder the winner in the first minute of the extra half hour.
Former Bolton, Tranmere, Blackpool and Plymouth striker Taylor, who commanded more than £600,000 in transfer fees in a pro career spanning 12 years, seized on a slip by Darren Locke before stroking the ball past Luke Woods.
Bartlett said: "I'm disappointed with the result but not the performance as we didn't want to go out of this competition.
"I thought we gave as good as we got and were the better side until they scored. They had a good spell before half time and we had the better of the first half hour of the second half.
"I think they just about edged it in extra time as we looked a bit jaded. It's typical really  two-and-a-half weeks without a game and we play one that lasts two hours. It looked like we lacked a bit of fitness at that stage.
"I wanted to go there and get a result and that is testament to how far we've come this season," added the Stones manager.
"I think Staines have only lost three times in the league so far and we went with the attitude that we could get something from the game.
"There is lots of banter, desire and determination in this squad of players and a few of them now feel they are not a million miles away from being a very good side that are capaable of doing something."
Bartlett was delighted with the contribution of Marvin McCoy after a spell kicking his heels on the substitutes bench.
"I was very pleased with Marvin. We left Carl Martin out and Marvin took his opportunity well.
"He has not been match fit and has been on the bench a lot but he made some driving runs from the middle of the park and looked very quick going forward."
Meanwhile, Bartlett hinted he could stick with skipper James Gray in attack ahead of Saturday's game at Ramsgate (see p47 for preview) after the bruising centre half again made his presence felt.
"He is doing a job and he is a a winner," said Bartlett. "Until we find a natural scorer, James is an option."
Wealdstone: Woods, McCoy, Chappell, Locke, Massey, Ashe (O'Leary, 88), Forbes (Floweday, 88), Hicks (Stevens, 73), Gray, Ngoyi, Spendlove.