Tuesday 1st August 2017

  • 3

    Cheshunt

    Hallett 2
    Ashman 55
    Summers 86

  • 2

    Wingate & Finchley

    Beckles 6
    Laney 43

Pre Season Friendly

Wingate and Finchley suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat in their penultimate pre-season match against Cheshunt. Despite Wingate’s victory against Hanwell on Saturday, Cheshunt started the better side and broke the deadlock only two minutes in as striker Jason Hallett broke through and finished well past Shane Gore.

However, Cheshunt’s lead was short-lived. Just four minutes later, Reece Beckles-Richards equalised after a great passage of play- Ahmet Rifat’s outside of the boot pass found Rob Laney who outmuscled his defender and squared the ball well to Beckles-Richards who finished calmly to make it 1-1 after only six minutes. Beckles-Richards’ goal signalled the beginning of a spell of dominance for Wingate. Chances flowed for the Blues and Laney, who assisted for the goal, was at the centre of Wingate’s play. First, his shot from outside the area curled just wide and not long after, his half volley was flicked goalbound by Wes Parker however ‘keeper Mays was able to palm away before the ball fully crossed the line.

Laney finally got his goal just before half time when he met a curling free kick by Joe Sharpe and powered a header beyond the reach of Mays to give Wingate the advantage.

Wingate seemed to be in control as the half-time whistle went, not just in terms of score but in terms of play as well. Neither team grabbed the match by the scruff of the neck as towards the beginning of the second half, however ten minutes after the restart Cheshunt drew level. Pearce was put under pressure and Ashman capitalised, slotting past Gore to make the score 2-2.

A host of substitutions followed for Wingate; Tejan-Sie, Charles-Smith, Pattie and McCall replaced Sharpe, Beckles-Richards, Laney and Pearce as the Blues searched for a winner.

The second half did not see nearly as many chances as the first, although Luke Ifil’s long range strike showed Wingate’s intentions of grabbing a winner. However, it was Cheshunt who grabbed the winner with four minutes remaining. Summers scored a great goal after a mazy run, finishing brilliantly into the top corner. Wingate nearly equalised right at the death – Otudeko’s header flew wide by a fraction from McCall’s cross however the match finished 3-2 to the home side.

It was an encouraging performance from Wingate however the finish was not there when needed. The Blues will be hoping to bounce back from this defeat when they play Royston in their final pre-season match on Saturday ahead of the season opener at home to Merstham.

WingateTV: Joe Sharpe: HERE

Report by Jamie Grossman

Lineup

  1. Gore
  2. Newson
  3. Ifil
  4. 60

  5. Pearce
  6. Parker
  7. Rifat
  8. 60

  9. Sharpe
  10. 60

  11. Laney
  12. Obafemi
  13. 60

  14. Beckles
  15. Otudeko

Subs

    60

  1. Tejan-Sie
  2. 60

  3. Charles-Smith
  4. 60

  5. Pattie
  6. 60

  7. McCall

Referee

n/a

Attendance

n/a