IN A dire game of football it was fitting Alex Dyer’s solitary goal stretched Wealdstone’s unbeaten run to 11 games at Aveley on Saturday.
The midfielder, one of the catalysts of the late Stones dash for a play-off berth struck in the first half with one of the few clear-cut chances of a match which did little for the reputation of the beautiful game.
Boss Gordon Bartlett’s plans were disrupted by a hamstring injury suffered by his new loan signing Gavin Massey while training with parent club Watford on Friday, so Callum Martin was drafted into the XI.
Stones had two early penalty shouts, the first when Danny Spendlove’s 12th-minute cross appeared to hit the hand of home defender Sean Francis.
And 10 minutes later it was the Wealdstone winger again at the heart of the action as another ball into the box appeared to be controlled on the arm by former Stone Kenny Beaney, but again the visitors’ appeals were waved away.
Martin was close to the opening goal with an acrobatic shot just over after Alan Massey headed on one of Lee Chappell’s trademark long throws, but just three minutes later Stones produced the game’s pivotal moment.
Dyer began the move with a brilliant through ball to Martin and after the forward held the ball up well, the former Northampton midfielder followed up to steer his shot home.
Martin might have doubled the lead early in the second half, but from there the game returned to a war of attrition with few chances.
It was 71 minutes before the Millers got a clear chance when Spencer Harrison burst into the box but fired across the face of goal.
Sherwin Stanley then finally warmed Jonathan North’s hands from an acute angle late on, but Stones made it 27 points from the last 33.