GORDON Bartlett put his schoolmaster’s hat on following Wealdstone’s derby win over Harrow on Tuesday - and there was not an A* in sight.
Stones won 4-2 thanks to Peter Dean’s double and further goals from skipper Lee Chappell and Alex Dyer.
But while pleased with the three points which stretched his side’s unbeaten run to eight games, Harrow PE teacher Bartlett claimed failure to put the game to bed left him fearing the loss of two points in the final 25 minutes, prior to Dean’s stoppage-time killer.
He said: "I feel we should have won that game very comfortably and we ended up hanging on.
"So from a schoolteacher’s perspective - great result but can do better."
Despite four goals on the road - and without the departed Richard Jolly - a failure to be more clinical was at the heart of Bartlett’s concerns.
At 3-1 up and playing with the extra man, the Stones boss admitted he had hoped for a cricket score, but saw his side squander opportunities to finish the game off before Jonathan North’s goalkeeping gaffe allowed Borough back into the game and left Bartlett chewing his fingernails.
He added: "The one which summed it up for me was the Spendy one where he is clean through and he’s clipped it over the goalkeeper and they’ve cleared it off the line.
"Just be clinical and burst the back of the net.
"Full credit to Harrow Borough - down to 10 men they came back and were better than us for the next 20 to 25 minutes.
"Jonathan (North) will be the first to admit he made a mess of their second goal and it gives them a huge psychological lift and a belief they could get back in it.
"And I felt they might get back in it as well."