A HEADER by skipper Wes Parker earned Wealdstone a 1-1 draw with a full-strength Watford side in Saturday’s friendly at Grosvenor Vale.
Stones, who are among the favourites for the Ryman Premier title, were without several key players including goal ace Richard Jolly. They fell behind early but new goalkeeper Rikki Banks denied Watford any further goals and Parker headed home Peter Dean’s corner (pictured courtesy of Steve Foster/Wealdstone FC) to square it.
Hendon took a 2-0 half-time lead against Hayes & Yeading through Scott Shulton and Bradley Watkins but were eventually beaten 3-2 after making plentiful substitutions. One of the replacements, former Wealdstone keeper Sean Thomas, was returning to action after a lengthy absence through injury but had to go off after a brief appearance.
Carshalton also forfeited the lead. Lewis Taylor put them ahead at Havant & Waterlooville but former Lewes man Christian Nanetti equalised and Havant went on to win 2-1.
New Canvey manager Steve Tilson enjoyed a pleasing first victory. Ashley Dumas and Jay Curran were on target as the islanders beat last season’s Ryman League champions Billericay 2-0.
Rocks impress in defeat
RYMAN Premier newcomers Bognor gave a spirited display before going down 2-0 to League Two Wimbledon in a friendly at Nyewood Lane on Saturday.
Schaaf shines for busy Rooks
WITH the pre-season programme getting into full swing, Ryman Premier club Lewes enjoyed two outings in less than 24 hours and could be pleased with the outcome.