Notts County 3-2 Wealdstone (National League) 14.09.21
Notts County’s unbeaten start to the season continued with a thrilling win against Wealdstone last night as Ian Burchnall’s Magpies merge themselves well within the promotion pack, now four points off top having played six National League games.
County won 3-2 after coming from behind to Joshua Umerah’s goal on the 31st minute, Cal Roberts struck level four minutes before half time before Kyle Wootton netted his fifth of the season on the stroke of the break.
Notts made it three when defender Kyle Cameron netted on 57 before Umerah struck again on 64 to make for a nervy end to the game, the home side eventually taking all three points to sit fifth in the table with Maidenhead up next at Meadow Lane on Saturday.
County’s start has now seen three wins and three draws having also seen off Aldershot by the same score ten days ago, they drew with Weymouth at the weekend in Dorset and are well within the chase lead by league leaders Dagenham & Redbridge for promotion back to the football league.
Ian Burchnall interviewed after the win stated, “I don’t think we started well, they looked dangerous with set plays and long throws, and the goal kind of woke us up”.
“First part of the second half we were brilliant, and probably should have put the game to bed, but when you don’t you can leave yourself open, they got a goal and it made hard work of it”.
Asked why Burchnall’s side has struggled to put teams to bed in recent games, allowing opponents in and not having the conviction that they had to win comfortably on the opening day of the season at Barnet, Burchnall said “Sometimes I think our intensity drops a bit when we don’t have the ball, and it’s just waiting to get the ball so we can start playing again, I want us to be much more pro-active and aggressive, all the games where we’ve been at our best we’ve been much more aggressive and intense off the ball, and that’s a good starting point for us to improve”.
Notts will be looking to start aggressively against Maidenhead on Saturday, an opponent who last season took all three points from Meadow Lane, in another five goal thriller that ended with the away side victorious, the Magpies will be hoping for a more resounding performance than that, and than last night, one perhaps similar to the 4-0 thumping County gave to the leagues other ‘Magpies’ at York Road last season.
Notts County: Slocombe, Brindley, Taylor, Cameron, Lacey, Francis, Mitchell, Palmer, Rodrigues (O’Brien 71), Roberts, Wootton.
Wealdstone: Wickens, Charles, Dyer (Jackson 72), Cooper, Elito, Cook, Cawley, Eleftheriou, Lewis (Browne 66), Okimo, Umerah.
Venue: Meadow Lane (5,213)
*Main image @Official_NCFC Kyle Cameron scores what turned out to be the winner at Meadow Lane.