Sayoud (50’), Ifil (74’), Bakalandwa (78’)
Wingate and Finchley concluded their pre season preparations on Saturday with a convincing 3-2 win over National League side Boreham Wood.
The Hertfordshire side, who were losing semi finalists in last seasons playoffs in non leagues’ top flight, brought a full strength side to Summers Lane, including several with vast Football League experience.
The Wingate side, which consisted of several familiar faces from last season as well as some trialists and new signings, started the game by dominating the opening minutes, putting pressure on the Wood, who were 62 places above the Blues when the season abruptly ended in March.
The home side had several chances, notably when Goldy Capela broke the byline and saw his placed effort deflected into the side netting on 15 minutes. Later on in the first half, the Wood started to find their feet in the game, having a couple of chances. On 43 minutes, they eventually broke the deadlock through Corey Whitely, who recently signed on loan from Newport County, taking the visitors 1-0 up at the break.
The second half started in a similar vain to the first, with Wingate showing their quality. Their efforts were paid off 5 minutes into the half, when Bilal Sayoud picked up a cross from Capela, who made a key interception, before hammering home to level the game.
The lead would not last 90 seconds, however, as one of the Woods’ trialists would hit the back of the net after narrowly missing his first shot, almost straight after the restart. Around the hour mark saw a flurry of Wingate substitutions, seeing several trialists enter the field.
The 250 strong crowd were stunned to see Luke Ifil hit a second equaliser from a long distance on 75 minutes, beating several marking defenders before firing into the back of the net from almost 30 yards.
The game was put to bed three minutes later, when Souleyman Bakalandwa cut inside the Woods’ defence and curling the ball in off the underside of the bar, taking the scoreline up to 3-2, giving Finchley the lead for the first time in the fixture.
The remainder of the game saw little from either side, with the exception of some simple defending, with the hosts seeing out the game to hold on to their victory. The Blues are next in action on Sunday 20th September, when they welcome Bowers & Pitsea to Summers Lane in the Isthmian League.
Report by Josh Palmer