RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
CHRIS Moore’s double sent Wealdstone back to the Ryman Premier League summit on Saturday as they beat struggling Thamesmead.
The former Brentford and Dagenham & Redbridge striker took his tally to eight for the campaign in a low-key victory over the newly promoted south Londoners.
However, ugly or not it lifted Gordon Bartlett’s men to the top of the table for the second time this season above Kingstonian on goal difference.
And Stones will have a chance to extend that lead tonight in the clash against the division’s only other unbeaten side Lewes.
With a midfield still lacking the massively influential former reading and Burnley midfielder Glen Little, Stones stuttered a little throughout.
They made a trademark slow start and though Scott McGleish headed narrowly wide there were few chances early on.
In fact, 29 minutes had elapsed before McGleish burst clear with only Mead keeper Rob Budd to beat, only to fire agonizingly wide.
The breakthrough though came just three minutes later when McGleish turned provider, crossing for Moore to power his header passed a helpless Budd.
James Hammond replaced youngster Orlando Rodrigues for the second period, giving Stones a little more threat coming forward on the right, but the second half followed a similar pattern as the visitors’ defence rode their luck and resisted stubbornly.
They even came close to drawing level on 52 minutes when Jon Main burst through only to shoot wide with Jonathan North stranded and the whole goal to aim at.
It took until 10 minutes from time to seal the points. The impressive Jey Siva combined down the left with the hardworking Scott McCubbin and when the cross came in Moore, back to goal, turned smartly to apply a cool finish.
New face Jonny Wright, on as a substitute for his home debut, might have added a third before the end, but Stones move on knowing tougher tasks lie ahead.