Soaring Seagulls' Start No Surprise To Boss Bartlett

Weston-super-Mare manager Scott Bartlett says his team’s blistering start to the new Vanarama National League South season has been years in the making.

The sensational Seagulls smashed Bath City 6-2 last night after recording wins over Tonbridge Angels and Havant & Waterlooville in their opening two fixtures.

They’re the surprise early joint leaders, sitting just second behind Worthing, but Bartlett says his 100 per centers’ first few weeks is anything but a shock to him.

Weston recorded 93 points last season on the way to the Southern League title. The year before they hit 78 before missing out on promotion through the play-offs.

He says his team have been evolving every season and doesn’t see why they can’t have another incredible campaign after ending their Step 2 absence.

“I’m delighted for the players and fans. We’ve missed the type of matches,” he said following the devastating six-goal salvo at Twerton Park on Tuesday night.

“We’ve carried on our form from the past few years, but you don’t often get a scoreline like that. It wasn’t a shock result, us coming here and winning. We’ve got good players, the lads have been brilliant for a long, long time.

“We’ve got a core here who have been at the club for a number of years now.”

He told the club’s video service: “I felt that tactically, physically and technically we got it spot on. We had the best 11 players on the pitch. I would have taken 1-0, but they were brilliant. We blew them away.

“We’re going back to the drawing board now, we never get carried away one way or another and it’s a big one against Slough Town on Saturday.

“We will be physically really tired after two away games, but we’ll need a similar performance. If you come off your levels in this league you will be punished. We can’t come away from those standards in any way shape or form.”

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