Gordon Bartlett is refusing to let murmurings that Wealdstone could next year be playing in the Southern Premier League derail his team's play-off bid. Stones host Aveley tonight (Thursday), a crunch clash between two sides with games in hand and designs on a top five Ryman Premier League finish.
However, the talk on the terraces is about the FA reviewing the allocation of clubs at steps one to four of the National League System. Many changes take place every season with teams leaving and joining the different steps.
However, the current system of traditional boundaries (exact location of clubs) is struggling to cope with the number of changes and a reorganisation could see some clubs reassigned to different leagues.
As a result, a regulation relating to the movement of clubs with the NLS has been deleted by the FA.
Stones, a step three club, are former members of the Southern Premier League but Bartlett only has thoughts of getting his side promoted to the Blue Square South.
“If it happens in the summer then so be it, there is nothing we can do about it,” conceded the Stones manager. “But I cannot see it happening – I will be amazed if we got moved over.
“All I am thinking about is what we can currently do about our own destiny. We want to be plying our trade in the Conference South next season and that remains our aim.”
He continued: “This is 100 per cent not a distraction. The players nor the management team have spoken about it.”
Meanwhile, Bartlett says his side are in for a tough test against in-form Aveley, who are sixth in the table, two places above the Stones. They have won their last four, scoring 11 goals and conceding just three.
“I saw Aveley on Monday and they beat Bognor (2-0), who did not get a shot,” added Bartlett.
“They are big, strong, solid, well organised and on the back of a great run. It is not going to be easy.
“If we play as badly as we did on Tuesday and win 1-0 I will be delighted. It is about results and not performances.”