Weston AFC need to pick up more wins, says manager Bartlett

Weston AFC huddle together before their win over Frome Town.

Weston AFC huddle together before their win over Frome Town in the Southern League Challenge Cup on Tuesday night. - Credit: Ade Thresher/WsMAFC

Manager Scott Bartlett says Weston need to start "picking up more wins” ahead of hosting Beaconsfield Town in the Southern Premier South at The Optima Stadium this Saturday.

The Seagulls have won one from their last six league games, compared to opening the season with back-to-back victories.

They have just 10 points, six places and two points behind The Rams.

“We need to start picking up more wins draws are no good and obviously clearly defeats aren’t,” Bartlett said.

“We are coming to the end of having a horrible time with injuries and hopefully now that is behind us. We’ve got a bit more depth, we are still working on one or two. Hopefully two but if it’s one in the short term then great.

“It’s great to see you our young ones who are out. Willand, Ben (Griffith) and Bailey (Kempster), they are flying which is brilliant, exactly the reason why we sent them to that club.

“We are looking forward to the game against Beaconsfield on Saturday, get back to league action trying to get on a bit of a run.”

Weston have been dealt with a number of injuries recently including captain Keiran Thomas and goalkeeper Luke Purnell.

But the pair were both named in the starting line-up for Tuesday night's Southern League Challenge Cup 3-2 win over Frome Town.

The pair were two of six changes from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Dorking Wanderers in the Emirates FA Cup.

There were also debuts for Prince Henry, Adam Smith and Nathaniel Williams.

And Henry and Smith got on the score sheet either side of the Robins goals before Humphries got the winner, firing home Henry’s pass across goal to secure a place in the next round.

Action from Weston AFC's victory over Frome Town.

Action from Weston AFC's victory over Frome Town in the Southern League Challenge Cup on Tuesday night. - Credit: Ade Thresher/WsMAFC


“I wish we were still in the FA Cup, but we are not and we deal what's in front of you,” added Bartlett.

“We now got the next round of this coming up which is great. We enjoy what we do otherwise we wouldn’t do it.

“Listen games can come quick and fast, I’ve just got to make sure that we’ve got a squad that’s capable of competing on all fronts because it’s a bit of a gruelling schedule as we found out.

“We tried to get a few bodies in before Saturday and then (Lucas) Vowles got a knock on Thursday night so we couldn’t name him as a sub, Luke (Purnell) wasn’t quite ready because of the concussion protocols to go on the bench either.

“We have had our fair share. No one complains we are just cracking on with it but it’s time to roll our sleeves up and get on a bit of a run.”


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