AFC Hornchurch 1 Wealdstone 0
The result went against Wealdstone yet again but Gordon Bartlett may just have discovered the man to unlock opposition defences on a regular basis and help turn their stuttering season around.
The Stones manager swooped to sign striker Gavin James on an initial one month loan from Blue Square outfit Maidenhead United, and was delighted with the 19-year-old's contribution on Tuesday night.
Bartlett was quick to move for the strapping former Wycombe Wanderers player after learning of United's capture of former Stones hit-man Rocky Baptiste.
The pacy teenager beat his man regularly, provided some neat crosses and carved out several good chances of his own and Bartlett believes he could be key to a change on fortunes.
"I was not really looking to go down the loan route as I felt I had enough (striker options) in the camp, certainly early season," said the Stones boss. "They were given an opportunity but we've struggled in that department. I spoke to Drax (Hippolyte, Maidenhead manager) and he rates Gavin very highly.
"Considering he doesn't know anyone I thought he did well on Tuesday. He adds pace up front and caused Hornchurch a couple of problems when he got past players and put crosses into the box."
James' arrival is the latest in a flurry of transfer activity down at Grosvenor Vale. Midfielder Gary Burrell was released last week while skipper Chris O'Leary and Dean Papali have been placed on the transfer list.
"To be fair to Chris he came into the side on Tuesday and did really well," said Bartlett of his captain, who has been unable to nail down a regular starting place this season. "He was champing at the bit and took his opportunity very well and will definitely start against Carshalton on Saturday.
"He was back to the old Chris O'Leary we all know and love from a few years ago when he was Player of the Year. He has been out of the side longer than he thought and longer than I expected him to be. But he was back to his best (on Tuesday) and I can have no complaints with him."
Wealdstone forced ten corners in the first 15 minutes against Hornchurch and eventually came unstuck after James, O'Leary, Graeme Montgomery and Ryan Ashe had gone close in the first half. Ben Alexander struck a post before Montgomery saw a goal-bound shot cleared off the line as lady luck smiled on the hosts.
Wealdstone: Woods, Martin, Chappell, Gray, Massey, Forbes (Salapatas), O'Leary, Ashe (Boyce, 85), Montgomery, James, Alexander.