Rueful Dave Anderson was left lamenting soft goals in the wake of Harrow Borough’s derby defeat at promotion chasing Wealdstone last night.
The visitors’ defence had a night to forget as they were ultimately swept aside 3-0, meaning it is now just one win in the last 16 league encounters for the boys from the red side of town.
Borough had been in good form prior to the visit to The Vale, beating both title chasing Maidstone and in-form Hampton in recent days.
However, after a competitive first half they wilted immediately after conceding the second of three poor goals within minutes of the restart.
"Obviously I’m very disappointed. I think the better side won I wouldn’t deny that,” said Anderson. “I’m just really disappointed with the goals we conceded.
“You can’t do that against anybody never mind a team that has a big chance of winning the league. You can’t give away soft goals and you certainly can’t do it against a team that is at the top of the division’.
Anderson admitted despite his side’s recent successes he had viewed the derby clash as something of a free shot for his team against a Stones side pushing hard for the title.
Therefore if they were going to be guilty of glaring errors in defence it was not the worse night to have made them.
“Tonight was a free one for us because our last two results have been two wins," Anderson added.
“When you come here, you know as much as you want to do well it’s a tough place to come to as they are not up there at this time of the year by luck.
“I said to the players if you are going to give away three rubbish goals tonight’s probably a good night to do it. We’ll dust ourselves down and move on.”
By contrast, Stones’ boss Gordon Bartlett was delighted with the reaction from his team just 48 hours on from the lacklustre 1-1 draw with Hendon, particularly in the light of a reshuffle because of injuries.
Tom Hamblin missed the game still suffering the effects of concussion sustained against the Greens, while Jonny Wright was also side-lined and Glen Little was not fit enough to start a second outing in three days
It meant recalls for former Gillingham man Mark Bentley and ex-QPR midfielder Stefan Bailey, with the former in particular drawing praise from his manager.
He said: “Mark came in the side having not been playing and he did very, very well against Ollie Hawkins who I thought was pretty impressive.
“Johnny Wright did his back on Saturday, so we had to change our shape a little bit tonight and Glenn was tired from Saturday and hasn’t trained, so there were changes and after what happened at the weekend I was nervous going into tonight.
“So at the end of the day, I’ve got to say particularly second half I thought we bossed the game and passed it ever so well."
Stones will attempt to keep the promotion bandwagon rolling in a visit to Margate on Saturday, while Borough have a cup final to gun for as they head to Ware for tomorrow night’s Ryman League Cup last four clash.”