Stones defender encouraged by improved home form

Wealdstone defender Matt Day believes the team’s recent improvement at home can catapult them up the National League South table.

The Stones have struggled for consistency on their own turf throughout the last few years, but are now on a run of four straight home victories in all competitions.

Day, who spent seven years under manager Bobby Wilkinson at Hungerford Town before following him to Wealdstone in August, is confident of repeating the success they had with the Berkshire club.

He told West London Sport: “One of the main things at Hungerford was that our home record was unbelievable and you knew, as long as your home form was good, you’d push up the league.

“I think we’re starting to get to grips with home games now at Wealdstone and we all want the fans on our side to cheer us along.

Wilkinson took over from long-serving manager Gordon Bartlett

“It’s great to have so many people behind you and the lads can feel that on the pitch, which means there’s no negativity.

“Some of us have only been here a few weeks but the lads who were here already have been unbelievable. They’ve changed to what the manager wants them to do and it’s starting to show, we’re grinding out results and showing that bit of passion.

“It doesn’t matter how you win – three points is three points, whether you get them ugly or whatever. We just want to climb the table and we’re doing that gradually.”

The Stones’ 2-1 win at home to bottom side Whitehawk last weekend lifted them to 12th place, within striking distance of the play-off positions.

And Day, who spent three years at the pinnacle of non-League football with Oxford United, is eager for an opportunity to return to that level.

He added: “We had two promotions at Hungerford and took them to the highest position they’d ever been, but this is a new challenge that Bob felt he could take even further.

“When I spoke to Bob and he told me where the club wanted to be, I wanted to be involved and I’m glad to be a part of it now.

“I’m 30 and I want to play as high as I can towards the end of my career. I’d love to get this team into the next league, where they belong, and hopefully even higher.”