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Wealdstone 1-6 Notts

Winning run continues in style

25 October 2022

An incredible display of finishing handed us our sixth straight win as we kept our place at the top of the National League table.

Macaulay Langstaff, Matt Palmer and Adam Chicksen (2) all produced fine first-half finishes which were added to in the second half by Aaron Nemane and Geraldo Bajrami.

Micah Obiero scored a consolation at 6-0 and Richard Brindley was sent off for a second bookable offence, but neither fact put too much of a dampener on a sensational away day.

Unsurprisingly, Luke Williams named an unchanged starting XI and bench after breezing past Maidstone at Meadow Lane.

That meant Geraldo Bajrami continued alongside Palmer in holding midfield, with Sam Slocombe shielded by a back three of Kyle Cameron, Connell Rawlinson and Richard Brindley.

Chicksen and Nemane played as wing backs, with Langstaff supported by Ruben Rodrigues and Cedwyn Scott.

And it proved to be the correct decision as we came out of the trips incredibly quickly and had the goal our early dominance deserved on three minutes when Langstaff brilliantly controlled Ruben Rodrigues’ drilled a pass and curled a delightful finish beyond Samuel Howes.

We then had a huge penalty shout turned down when Rodrigues played Palmer through on goal, only for the midfielder to go down under a challenge. The referee gave neither a foul nor a yellow card to Palmer for simulation, simply waving play on.

Richard Brindley then found himself harshly in the book and, from the subsequent free-kick, Mason Barrett should have done better with his volley inside the area.

Three minutes later, Slocombe made a good low save as the hosts continued to remind us of their own threat.

But we soon doubled our lead when Rodrigues looked certain to shoot with his 25-yard free-kick, only to pass the ball to Chicksen who was unmarked on his left. With all the poise of a seasoned striker, the wing back fired the ball low across goal and found the far corner brilliantly.

And, shortly after the half-hour, we added another goal of superb quality as Palmer controlled the ball inside the area and guided it another fantastic finish into the bottom corner.

Slocombe preserved our clean sheet with another good low save as the Stones persisted in their attempts to get back into the game.

But they were dealt a crushing blow two minutes before the break when Chicksen controlled Rodrigues’ teasing cross before rifling the ball into the top corner - arguably the best goal of the half.

Williams made no changes at the break but it took us less than a minute to make it five after the restart, Nemane collecting a misplaced pass, committing his defender and seeing his left-footed shot take a big deflection on its way in.

We then twice came close to a sixth in quick succession as Langstaff’s near-post shot was saved before Chicksen fired Rodrigues’ low ball inches over with his right foot.

But, two minutes later, the ball was in the net yet again when Rodrigues sublimely played Nemane to the byline and his cross was bundled home by Bajrami.

We were inches away from a seventh when Scott played his strike partner into the area once again, only for Langstaff to drag his shot across goal and wide this time.

A clean sheet would have made it the perfect night but we were denied that shortly after the hour when Micah Obiero fired an unstoppable shot beyond Slocombe from inside the area.

And there was more disappointment shortly afterwards when Brindley conceded cheap possession before pulling his man back, earning himself a second yellow card.

Incredibly, we could have made it seven almost immediately when Langstaff brilliantly controlled Slocombe’s long ball only to fire his left-footed shot just wide.

Despite our man disadvantage we continued to dominate, with Cameron proving his typical marauding self and seeing a well-struck shot saved by Howes.

Williams, who had earlier sent on Tobi Adebayo-Rowling and Sam Austin on for Nemane and Scott, then made his final change with Rodrigues making way for Aden Baldwin.

And we saw the rest of the game out comfortably to keep our fine form going.

STARTING XI: Slocombe; Cameron, Rawlinson, Brindley; Chicksen, Nemane (Adebayo-Rowling 66'); Bajrami, Palmer, Rodrigues (Baldwin 74'), Scott (Austin 66'); Langstaff

UNUSED SUBS: Francis, Mitchell

RED CARDS: Brindley 68' (first booking 17')

ATTENDANCE: 1,710 (513)

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