Wealdstone 0 Tooting and Mitcham United 3
WEALDSTONE lurched from one extreme to the other in a matter of days after they were humbled at Grosvenor Vale on Tuesday night.
On a high after their resounding weekend win over Hendon, an unchanged Stones side went into this game full of confidence but emerged from it ripped to shreds after a sluggish second half display.
Paul Vines (2) and Michael Antonio all netted after the break to complete a miserable afternoon for the hosts, who now have a free weekend to get things right ahead of the trip to Harlow Town on October 4.
Angry boss Gordon Bartlett said: "It was a real rude awakening for us. I've been saying all along what a good squad we have yet we were found lacking on Tuesday. A few questions were asked and I don't think we answered them particularly well. We've got a lot of work to do before the next game."
Bartlett gave Tooting credit and admitted he is unsure whether a week's break is a good or bad thing for his demoralised troops.
"They were strong, in your face and I think they bullied us out of the game.
"We would have liked to get it out of our system quickly and don't want to dwell on the result, but we've got to get on with it."
The hosts started brightly and Carl Martin headed wide with a smart effort from a free
kick before a piercing run from Mark Boyce put the away side under pressure down the slope in the breezy conditions. Luke Woods was soon brought into action with an excel-lent diving save with the Terrors making swift raids up field.
Stones' defence looked solid but lacking bite up front as Stephen Hughes and Ben Clarke toiled in vain.
The hosts' second half performance was woefully sluggish, lacked creativity and was disjointed. Tooting looked equally inept when it came to putting the ball in the net but that all changed on 65 minutes, seconds after Ryan Ashe had a very good shout for a penalty. The Terrors raced down the slope and Vines finally netted at the far post despite Woods' best efforts to scoop the ball out.
Stones never recovered and lost their defensive composure and discipline. The midfield was almost completely nullified and finding any kind of positive forward moves was increasingly difficult to achieve.
Bartlett rang the changes with Marvin McCoy coming on for Mark Boyce and Nick Salapatas on for Hughes. However, Stones soon found themselves further behind when former Stones loanee Aaron Goode set up Vines for his second goal of the game before Antonio wrapped it up with a neat finish. Wealdstone: Woods, Boyce,Massey, Gray, Martin, Ashe,Forbes, Hicks, Clarke, Hughes, Chappell