News 2015/16

  • Daniel Nielsen Steps Down

    We would like to announce that Daniel Nielsen has decided to step down from his role as First Team Coach. Wingate & Finchley's former defender and captain of the historic 2011 Treble-winning squad; who also holds the club's record of 451 appearances as a player, said that it is time for a break and to spend time with his young family.

    Nielsen said: "Wingate is and always will be a very special place for me and I don't quite know what I will do without it! I have been at the club since I was 17 years old (with a brief sabbatical!), and can honestly say have enjoyed every minute. The club is a very different place to the one I first joined and that is credit to the fantastic work done behind the scenes. However, the club has never lost its friendly and supportive nature in the time I have been here, long may that continue! I will never forget my first preseason training session as an u18 player, being greeted by Harvey Ackerman, who introduced himself and made me feel extremely welcome. What other Football club would the President greet a youth team player at?

    I have made some great, lifelong friends at the club and my best footballing memories have been here. The FA trophy win at Sutton (my first game back after 5 months out injured), the Ryman Cup final against Dulwich and the playoff final against Brentwood are up there with the best. However, I think my favourite memory is beating Lowestoft at Wingate to stay in the league, a very emotional night after a difficult season!

    I wish to thank everyone involved at the club for making it such a great place to be involved in football; players, management, supporters, board members and volunteers. Far too many to name!

    I'm very confident the club will go from strength to strength and Keith will do a fantastic job and take Wingate to the next level. Aron and I are looking at some different ways I could be involved at the club in the future so will see everyone soon I'm sure. I am looking forward to coming back as a fan!

    Thank you everyone for everything."

  • End of season awards

    Wingate & Finchley held the end of season awards night for 2015/16 on Sunday 24th April.
    Ahmet Rifat, veteran of 10 years, picked up the Player of the Year, (joint) Player's Player of the Year and Supporters' Player of the Year awards.
    Billy Healey also took three awards, top scorer, Directors' Player of the year and (joint) Players' Player.
    Unfortunately, the night came five days too soon to celebrate the Under 18's Middlesex County Cup success who beat NPL Youth 1-0. The Club Person of the Year award went to dedicated Press Officer Khalid Karimullah, and the full list of winners is:
    Fans' Player of the Year Ahmet Rifat
    Manager's Player of the Year Ahmet Rifat
    Players' Player of the Year Ahmet Rifat & Billy Healey
    Top scorer Billy Healey
    Directors' Player of the Year Billy Healey
    Club Person of the Year Khalid Karimullah

    Development Side Player of the Year Khalil Zakkour
    Development Side Young Player of the Year Ross Weinrabe
    U18 Player of the Year Bradley Marriott
    U18 Players' Player of the Year Wilson Chingoka
    U16 Player of the Year Isaac Ebelebe
    U16 Players' Player of the Year Danny Smith
    U16 Player of the Year Harry Challis
    U16 Players' Player of the Year Alex Hadjithemistou

  • Under 18s win the Middlesex County Cup

    The game was played on Thursday night at North Greenford United, and The Blues came away 1-0 winners over NPL Youth. Our winning goal came in the 67th minute from Joe Russell with a long distance strike, and the Man of the Match voted by Middlesex FA was Bradley Marriot.

    Selected highlights HERE

  • Trial dates announced

    Wingate & Finchley and its sister club, Hadley Wood & Wingate will be holding our trials for the 2016/17 in the month of May.

    Wingate & Finchley, based in the Ryman Premier League, will hold trials at the Harry Abrahams Stadium, Summers Lane on Saturday 7th May 2016. For U17 and U18 players, the trials will begin at 10am whilst the trials for U15 and U16 players will commence at 2pm.
    To register for these trials use THIS FORM and contact andrew@wingatefinchley.com

    The following weekend, Saturday 14th May, Hadley Wood & Wingate, currently in the Hertfordshire Senior County League, with a strong chance of promotion, will hold trials at the same venue. These will be for first team squad members of any age of men's football and will commence at 10am.
    To register, use THIS FORM and contact secretary@wingatefinchley.com

    It must be noted that all players attending either trial must register before taking part so it is imperative you contact the correct email address above prior to the event. Players must also arrive on time, with applicable clothing, studded football boots and shinpads. The registration fee for the trials with be £10 and can be paid upon arrival at the Abrahams Stadium.

    Address: The Harry Abrahams Stadium, Summers Lane, London, N12 0PD.

  • VCD Athletic preview

    Wingate and Finchley host bottom placed VCD Athletic on Saturday as the Blues look to put their midweek misery behind them. Tuesday's 6-0 loss at the hands of title-challenging Bognor Regis means that Keith Rowland's side have drawn a blank in their last two games.
    And last Saturday's 1-0 loss away at Harrow means Billy Healey's solitary effort in the Blues' 3-1 loss to East Thurrock on 2nd April is the only goal supporters of the North London side have been able to cheer this month.
    That loss ended an unbeaten run of four games for Wingate. But while a visit from an already relegated VCD Athletic side who have failed to win any of their last twelve games may seem like the perfect tonic, it may not be the walkover many in N12 are expecting. Wingate's trip to Kent on December 12th saw them take the lead through Rob Laney after just six minutes, but a second half fightback from the Vickers saw them ride out as 2-1 winners and prevent the Blues from temporarily topping the Ryman Premier Division.
    That victory came as the fourth of just seven wins this season for VCD and one has to go back to February 6th for their last, when Ricky Sappleton's hat trick secured a 3-2 win at home to high flying Dulwich Hamlet.
    That game constituted just over a third of Vickers' top scorer Sappleton's 10 goals this season, though the striker has only found the net in just four games since then.
    The only team in the league to have scored less goals than games played (42 in 44 matches), a single goal for the home side this weekend will also mean the Kent outfit can boast another unwanted record of 100 goals conceded.
    Wingate's midfielder Leon Fisher began the season briefly playing for VCD Athletic, moving to Brentwood Town at the end of August and eventually resigning for Wingate in February.
    And believers in fate will take heart from the fact that it was he who scored the only goal in Wingate's last victory - a 1-0 win against his former club Brentwood.
    But, with a top half finish within touching distance and just two games left to play this season, Rowland will be hoping that Fisher, or indeed anybody in a blue shirt, can find the back of the net again.

    Preview by Andy Gerlis

  • Harrow Borough preview

    Wingate & Finchley travel to Harrow Borough on Saturday afternoon in the hope of pushing to secure a top half finish in the Ryman Premier League. The Blues come into the game off the back of a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to second place East Thurrock last weekend.
    However, Keith Rowland's men had been on a promising run before the home loss, losing only four of their last twelve games in all competitions, and can be encouraged looking at the table going into Saturday's derby. Harrow Borough sit four places behind the Blues, in 16th position, and are safe from relegation to the Ryman North division. In the form table, the hosts for Saturday's game sit one place above Rowland's side, gaining seven points from their last six games whilst Wingate have only picked up six.
    The hosts are also on a two game winning streak, having overcome VCD Athletic 3-2 and beaten a, then, in form Staines side 1-0, courtesy of a goal from former Blue, Spencer McCall. Wingate will have to be vigilant defensively and correct the defensive errors made in the East Thurrock game as Marc Charles-Smith, Harrow's top goal scorer, has found the net 17 times in this season' and has been well supported by Lewis Driver and David Taylor. But Wingate will be encouraged by the stat that they have not lost a game by more than two goals in any competition this season, the heaviest defeats being 2-0 and 3-1 losses.
    However, Wingate boast one of the top scorers at this level too, Billy Healey. The Finchley man has scored 19 League goals and has 34 goals to his name in all competitions in his debut season in N12, so the Harrow defence will have to be just as switched on. Alex Addai and Karl Oliyide will be looking to support Healey via the flanks, both of whom have looked dangerous under the stewardship of former Northern Ireland international, Rowland.
    Wingate's record in recent seasons at Earlsmead makes for poor reading, with losses against Hendon, 3-1, and Harrow, 5-1, at their shared ground last season, but in derby games such as these, all form and previous records fly out of the window and Rowland will be taking his side to Harrow with full belief that Wingate can return to Finchley with all three points.

    Preview by Nikhil Saglani

  • End of season awards night

    The Club's End of Season Presentation Night is confirmed for Sunday 24th April. It will be held at the Harry Abrahams Stadium at 6.30pm.
    Spaces are limited so to confirm availability please contact paul@wingatefinchley.com as soon as possible.
    A buffet dinner will be provided and the entry prices are £10 for adults and £5 for U16's.

  • East Thurrock preview

    Wingate and Finchley play host to East Thurrock United on Saturday as the North London side look to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
    The Blues 1-1 draw at home to rivals Hendon on Bank Holiday Monday compounded a run of three draws and a win in their last four fixtures, a stark contrast to a bleak period at the beginning of March.
    A run of poor results in the opening weeks of the month saw Keith Rowlands side slip down the Ryman Premier League table, but an upturn in form has seen them claw their way back up.
    Losses against high-fliers Tonbridge Angels and Dulwich Hamlet were quickly forgotten about with a 1-1 draw at Leatherhead and a 1-0 victory against Brentwood Town.
    And this was followed up by a goalless draw away at Lewes before Dave Diedhous equaliser cancelled out Billy Healeys first minute opener against Hendon on Monday.
    This purple patch has meant that Wingate have poked their head back into the top half of the table by virtue of their superior goal difference.
    The Blues currently occupy 10th spot, level on points but with a game in hand on 11th placed Grays Athletic. And as if being above them wasnt enough, this week Rowland managed to get another one over on the Essex outfit by signing their 20 year old former Hearts and Torquay centre back Jake Hutchings.
    Wingates opponents East Thurrock United, however, have found points somewhat easier to come by this season. Manager John Coventry has guided his team to the playoff places of the Ryman Premier Division and the single loss in their last 10 league matches at the hands of Leatherhead was one of just seven this season.
    These results, thanks in no small part to league top scorer Sam Higgins 33 goals, mean the Rocks currently sit in second place, four points behind leaders Hampton and Richmond Borough while boasting a goal difference of +47, the best in the division. Higgins has found the net in more than half of East Thurrocks 42 league matches and scored at least twice in one game on twelve seperate occasions this season.
    However it was Tom Wraight who emerged as the Rocks only scorer when the two sides drew 1-1 earlier in the season. That result supports the claim that Wingate and Finchley are arguably the most difficult side East Thurrock will have to face before the end of the season, with their remaining fixtures made up of ties against Harrow, Lewes and VCD Athletic - teams sitting in 19th, 23rd and 24th place respectively.
    But Coventry is taking nothing for granted, snapping up League One Southends U-21 winger Brandon Scott, a player recently linked with Championship sides Ipswich and Preston North End - on loan until the end of the season.
    Sixth-placed Kingstonians three games in hand on the Rocks currently means that they could mathematically drop out of the playoff places, although a win at the Harry Abrahams Stadium will guarantee them their spot in the competition.
    But, with 8 points between the home side and ninth-placed Billericay Town, East Thurrock will be met with an in-form Wingate and Finchley team looking to cement their own top-half finish.

    Preview by Khalid Karimullah

  • New signing

    Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce the signing of Jake Hutchings on Ryman League transfer deadline day.
    The centre-back, who can also play in midfield and on the right side, spent this season with Grays Athletic, having previously represented Hearts in Scotland and Torquay United. Hutchings is now aged 20 and came through the Leyton Orient academy.

  • Youngsters Rewarded with First Team Forms

    As the Club continues to focus on developing young talent, we are pleased to announce that the following players have been rewarded with registration for the First Team for the remainder of this season.

    Under 16
    Alex Hadji - Alex has taken the opportunities offered to him and we look forward to his progression

    Under 18
    Wilson Chingoka - who has worked hard and progressed well.

    These are of course in addition to the following under 18 players, who have already made their debuts this season from the Under 18 team, all whilst aged 17:
    Josh Grantham
    Cameron Lyttle
    Bradley Marriott

    We can also confirm that we have signed the following two players:
    Elliott Bailey - signed from Ware FC and previously at St Albans City. Bailey scored four times in Saturday's win for Hadley Wood & Wingate.
    Amon Walton Owen - previously with Ipswich Town.

  • Lewes preview

    Wingate & Finchley travel to The Dripping Pan stadium to face bottom placed Lewes over the Easter weekend, after coming off the back of their first victory since defeating local rivals Enfield Town back on February 16th.
    Coincidently, that victory against Brentwood Town places Keith Rowlands' side in 11th place after 39 games played. With 55 points accumulated thus far from the season, the North Finchley outfit sit 20 points above the relegation places. However, frustratingly, they also find themselves 12 points from play-off hopefuls Dulwich Hamlet, with seven fixtures remaining.
    The Blues' season was looking so promising, prior to a run of form which saw them go win-less in six games, including the League Cup Semi-Final defeat on penalties to Kingstonian. Nevertheless, with motivation to finish as high up the league as possible, and to better last seasons 12th placed position, Wingate will be eager to collect the three points against Lewes.
    As aforementioned, The Rooks find themselves sitting rock bottom with only 29 points gained from 40 fixtures. Sitting 13 points below 20th placed Needham Market, the fight for survival looks bleak, however, being at home, they will still want to finish the season as strong as possible and give their supporters something to cheer about.
    Darren Freeman's side have a tough task ahead on Saturday, considering they've only accumulated six victories all season. Having only scored the same amount of goals as they've played, and conceding 78 goals, it's been more than a frustrating season. However, Lewes did pick up a rare win for the season in their last outing, also against Brentwood Town. Like Wingate, one goal was enough to take home all three points, after a Henry Muggeridge finish just after half-time settled the game.
    Despite the difference in position between the two teams, the home side might take some hope from the last time the Summers Lane side travelled to Lewes, on Non-League Day. The hosts took all three points, after a 3-0 victory saw 10-man Wingate leave with nothing to show for their endeavour. However, with both sides making much changes, Rowland's side should be going into the weekend's game with an almost amnesia attitude. Only six players featured that day in the defeat from the side that won at The Arena on Tuesday evening.
    Earlier in the season though, it took an 84th minute Billy Healey penalty to secure a 1-1 draw with Freeman's side, after an early Stacey Freeman header had the visitors on course for the three points. Speaking of Healey, the travelling fans will be hoping their 33-goal forward will continue adding to his already impressive record, and that their team can get back-to-back victories in the league for the first time since February 13th.

    Preview by Khalid Karimullah

  • Leatherhead preview

    Wingate and Finchley will be hopeful of overturning a winless run stretching back five games when they take on 15th placed Leatherhead at home this Saturday.
    Wingate's last win in all competitions came over a month ago when Billy Healey's first half hat trick sent the Blues through to the semi-final of the Ryman League Cup.
    Since then, however, Wingate have failed to emerge as victors from any of their five matches, including their subsequent loss on penalties to Kingstonian in the semi-finals of that competition.
    But strong performances in their last few fixtures from a squad hampered by injury have come as green shoots of recovery while the team gets back to full fitness.
    Tuesday's game at playoff contenders Dulwich Hamlet appeared to be over by half-time when the South London outfit took a 2-0 lead into the break.
    But a strong second half fight back from the Blues saw defender Aron Pollock score his first goal for the club and they were unlucky not to have left Champion Hill with at least a point.
    Last Saturday's game away at Tonbridge Angels was almost a mirror image of Tuesday's performance. Racing into to what appeared to be an unassailable 3-0 first half lead, Wingate took their foot off the gas midway into the second and title-challenging Tonbridge took full advantage, running out as 4-3 winners.
    And manager Keith Rowland can see where improvements have to be made.
    Speaking after Tuesday's game at Dulwich, he said "To say we're unlucky is not good enough - you can't be unlucky all the time in football."
    "I've got to bring a steel and determination in to the group that will help us grind out results."
    When asked about Wingate's recent run, he explained "We're inconsistent at periods in the game. We're good for a half, they're good for a half. We're good for 60 minutes, then they're good for 30 minutes. And in those periods is where we concede goals."
    "But in those periods is also where we score goals. I have to find the right balance."
    Inconsistency has also been an issue for Saturday's opponents Leatherhead.
    Their 2-1 win at East Thurrock last Saturday ended a barren run of seven games and was just their third victory in 2016. But a 3-0 midweek loss to Bognor Regis kept the club just just two places and three points below Wingate with a game in hand.
    Vasieleious Karagiannis and Kiernan Hughes-Mason are the Tanners' current top scorers with 13 and 11 goals apiece, though the squad has been boosted by two new arrivals in March.
    Myles Powponne started his career at Leatherhead's academy, but played on a dual registration for both Walton Casuals and Cobham FC in the last couple of seasons before resigning for the Tanners.
    While striker Matt Bodkin, who featured in last season's Ryman League Team of the Year for his part in Maidstone's title win, has signed on a one month loan from the now Vanarama League One South side.
    And Wingate will have to be prepared to face him - Bodkin has started both of Leatherhead's games since joining and looks set to do so again on Saturday.
    A win for the Blues could see them climb to 11th, whilst giving them some breathing space on the teams around them in the bottom half as they enter the 'home straight' of the season.
    But even a loss will see Wingate stay above Leatherhead by virtue of their positive goal difference.
    With earlier postponements in the season meaning games will now come thick and fast for the Blues, Rowland will hope this match sees his side begin to strike the perfect balance.

    Preview by Andy Gerlis

  • Tonbridge Angels preview

    Wingate and Finchley travel to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday eager to get back to form after a three-match winless run. The Blues' well-fought 1-1 draw at home to high-flying Dulwich Hamlet at the weekend came just days after Monday's penalty shootout loss to Kingstonian in the Ryman League Cup semi-final.
    Defeat at home to Merstham the week before means Keith Rowland's men have not tasted victory since Billy Healey's quarter final hat trick in the League Cup saw them brush aside Enfield Town on February 16th.
    But Wingate have tinkered with their squad in recent weeks as Rowland looks to mould his own team in the wake of Simon Lane's departure.
    New loan signings Freddy Moncur and Aron Pollock, both from Leyton Orient, have hit the ground running - the former scored his first Wingate goal 10 minutes into his debut against Kingstonian.
    Leon Fisher, signed by the Blues not for the first time in his career at the beginning of February, Alex Addai and Tommy Cummings have also boosted the squad since their arrivals.
    Fisher scored Wingate's opener against Dulwich while Addai and Cummings have slotted seamlessly into their respective positions, all three putting in a string of impressive performances since joining.
    The groin injury picked up by goalkeeper Bobby Smith half an hour in to the League Cup match against Kingstonian meant that, while striker Rob Laney deputised excellently in goal for the remainder of the game, Braintree Towns's Christopher Haigh was signed on a dual registration to cover Jack Metcalfe as he takes Smith's place between the sticks.
    And Wingate will need their goalkeepers to be at their very best this weekend - Saturday's opponents Tonbridge Angels have arguably been one of this season's most consistent performers.
    Just seven league losses since the start of the campaign, two of which have come in the last fortnight, mean the Kent outfit find themselves occupying third spot of the Ryman Premier League, 9 points from top but with two games in hand over league leaders East Thurrock.
    Although the gap in both points and ability between the two teams was highlighted at the weekend as Thurrock romped to a 3-0 home victory over the Angels.
    And fellow high-fliers Bognor Regis also put a dent in Tonbridge's title challenge just two weeks earlier - their 3-1 win temporarily squeezed the gap between fifth and third to just four points with four games in hand.
    However, the Angels' 3-1 midweek win over Enfield gave them some breathing space and went some way to proving their proficiency in front of goal.
    Steve McKimm's side have found goals relatively easy to come by so far, and they will look to talismanic top scorers Luke Blewden and Nathan Elder once again on Saturday.
    Between them the pair have netted 40 of the Angels' 73 league goals this campaign, including a brace for Blewden in Tuesday's game against Enfield.
    But it was Tommy Whitnell who scored the only goal of the game when Tonbridge won 1-0 at the Harry Abraham's Stadium in the reverse fixture at the start of the season.
    Needing a moral-boosting win however, Wingate will hope Saturday's game against the Angels is a match made in heaven.

    Preview by Andy Gerlis

  • More new signings

    The Club can announce two further signings this week, in part to combat the growing injury problems sustained within the first team squad.
    Goalkeeper Christopher Haigh has signed on a dual-registration due to the bad injury sustained by Bobby Smith on Monday night. Chris is signed to Braintree, and joined there after earning a contract with pro-club Gillingham FC and trialling at Barnet.
    Aaron Pollock has also signed on loan from Leyton Orient, following Freddie Moncur in. Aaron is a young centre-back who is highly rated by the 'O's.
    Wingate & Finchley have suffered huge injury problems since Christmas with Bobby Smith, Bradley Hewitt, Ola Sogbanmu, Joe Sharpe, Tommy Tejan-Sie and Jack Metcalfe all out for Monday's cup semi-final.

  • New signings

    The club are pleased to announce two new signings this week:

    Calvin Poku
    The young striker started out at Grays Athletic under Julian Dicks and Kenny Brown. He then moved to Barkingside where in the 2014/15 season he scored 20 goals and was signed by Hornchurch FC. When returning to play for Hornchurch against Barkingside this season he scored 5 goals and then at Christmas he was loaned back to Barkingside for game time. Calvin then signed for Wingate & Finchley this weekend.

    Freddie Moncur
    The 19 year old midfielder began his career in the youth system at West Ham United before moving to Leyton Orient. During the 2014-15 season he scored 10 goals for Orient's youth team. Earning a one-year professional contract in the summer of 2015, Moncur made his senior debut as a half-time substitute for Sean Clohessy in Orient's 2-1 Football League Trophy defeat at Luton Town on 1 September 2015. On 7 November 2015, Moncur made his FA Cup debut, coming on as a substitute for Jack Payne in Orient's 6-1 First Round win over Staines Town. He is the son of former Tottenham Hotspur, Swindon Town and West Ham United midfielder John Moncur.

  • Kingstonian preview

    Wingate & Finchley travel to Kingsmeadow on Monday night to face Kingstonian FC in the semi-final of the Ryman League Cup. The Blues turned over rivals, Enfield Town in the previous round and will be looking forward to a similar performance to get past an excellent Kingstonian side.
    The League Cup campaign began with a tense 1-0 home win over Harlow Town -in which Captain, Marc Weatherstone scored an early goal that the Blues were able to hold on to. The next round was a much more difficult affair, at Waltham Abbey. Weatherstone got the ball rolling again, but it took two goals from Lee Barney and a Karl Oliyide goal to edge past the hosts, 4-3, on a cold October night.
    If that was tense, the last 16 waseven more so, with then-Simon Lanes side beating Grays Athletic 5-4 at the Abrahams Stadium. Braces for Mark Goodman and Billy Healey, and a Lee Barney goal were just enough to edge past an excellent Grays side. Finally, the quarter-final saw the most impressive victory of the lot, with the Blues putting the game to bed before the half-time whistle in an excellent 3-1 away win in Enfield.
    The hosts for Mondays semi-final have beaten Harrow Borough, Hendon, on penalties, thrashed Farnborough 5-1 and then won 2-0 at Leiston to get to this stage of the competition. The Ks have had plenty of Cup games this campaign, but this remains their last hope of silverware before the end of the regular season, with a play-off spot looking possible for Tommy Williams men.
    The sides are drawing 1-1 in terms of games played this year, with 2-1 wins to each home side in the two Ryman Premier League games so far. Billy Healey has scored all three of Wingates goals vs. Kingstonian and the Blues will be looking to their talisman to provide the impetus to take them to the final. Wingate will be without both Alex Addai and Tommy Cummings for this game, both are cup tied, but will be eager to welcome back Rob Laney into the fold after he served a three-match suspension for a bizarre sending off at Grays Athletic.
    The Wingate fans will be hopeful that their side can replicate the performance from the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, where both Addai and Cummings were also cup tied for the quarter final. The formers pace down the wings will be missed but manager, Keith Rowland still has plenty of options to come in and do the job the Addai does so effectively.
    The game promises to be a cracker, with both sides in patchy form, but with supremely talented individuals. The other semi-final will be played between Faversham Town and Sittingbourne, a great incentive for both of Monday nights sides to get the job done.
    Wingate last won this competition in the treble winning season of 2011, so the fans will be eager to get the Alan TurveyTrophy back to N12.

    Preview by Nikhil Saglani

  • Maurice Rebak

    It is with great sadness that we must announce that Wingate FC founder Maurice Rebak sadly passed away on Tuesday afternoon, aged 95. His funeral shall be held on Wednesday afternoon, please contact David Thrilling for details.

  • Leiston preview

    After Enfield's pitch was unplayable, once again, Wingate & Finchley resume their season at Leiston FC, the Blues travelling just over two hours for this Ryman Premier League game.
    The Blues finally got back to winning ways last Saturday, thrashing Burgess Hill Town 5-1 at the Abrahams Stadium with goals from Billy Healey (2), Tommy Tejan-Sie, Rob Laney and Alex Addai. Manager, Keith Rowland will be looking for a similar performance from his players if the Blues are to leave Leiston with all three points.
    Leiston come into the game in 8th place, three positions above Wingate and with a five point difference between the sides. Contrastingly, Leiston, also known as the Blues, were met with a 4-1 humbling at Billericay Town last time out, Jordan Cox and Tom Derry sharing the spoils between them to send Leiston home without a point, despite Jack Ainsley's penalty. Richard Wilkins' side sit only one place above Wingate in the form guide, with two wins and four losses from their last six games compared to Wingate's one win, two draws and three defeats.
    The sides last met in mid-November, with Wingate running out 1-0 winners in N12 thanks to an excellent Alfie Bartram strike, and it could come down to another moment of magic to seal this fixture. When the sides met earlier in the season, both were vying for promotion spots, but this time will be looking to climb from mid-table back towards the top five. It promises to be a fascinating game between two sides that like to play the right way.

    Preview by Nikhil Saglani

  • Player news

    Wingate & Finchley can announce that the following players have now left the club; Leon Solomon has signed for Hampton & Richmond Borough, and Tarik Moore-Azille has joined Maldon & Tiptree.
    Also Kyle Watson has fallen out of love with the game and would like some time out. There will be announcements of players arriving over the coming days.

  • Fixture Updates

    With the Enfield Town game being postponed on Tuesday, there has been a knock-on effect. It will be attempted for the fourth time on Tuesday 16th Feb, meaning the Dulwich Hamlet game will be moved once again (date TBC).

    The Ryman league have said that if the Enfield Town game is in doubt again on Monday or Tuesday morning, it may be switched to the Harry Abrahams Stadium.

    The date for the potential Cup Semi-final at Kingstonian remains as Monday 29th February.

    Elsewhere, due to Bognor Regis Town's FA Trophy run to the Quarter Finals, the match on Saturday 27th February has to be moved to Tuesday 12th April.

  • Enfield Town preview

    Enfield Town play host to Wingate and Finchley on Tuesday night as the teams finally meet for their belated Ryman League Cup quarter final tie.
    The matchup, originally scheduled for the 5th December, has seen two postponements due to inclement weather.
    And the Blues will be chomping at the bit to get one over their local rivals, having lost at their hands in the league already just before the turn of the year.
    Keith Rowlands side are on a high after sampling their first taste of victory in 2016 with a weekend win over Burgess Hill. A brace from Billy Healey and goals from Rob Laney, Tommy Tejan-Sie and Alex Addai handed the Blues a phenomenal 5-1 win, ending a 9 game winless run that stretched back to mid-December.
    With Tuesdays game at Enfield acting as Wingates last shot at silverware, there comes no better time to finally hit a patch of form. Enfield, on the other hand, have suffered slightly more mixed fortunes in the league this year. Their six games since the start of January have seen them both win and lose three.
    Their 3-0 win against Leatherhead at the weekend came just days after a 1-0 loss at Wingates victim Burgess Hill.
    Though this sounds promising for the Blues, Enfields 2-1 win the last time these sides met on 29th December means it may not be as simple as they hope.
    Luckily, as a cup match between local rivals, form will almost certainly go out of the window.

    Preview by Andy Gerlis

  • Player news

    The club is pleased to announce the signing of Tommy Cummings from Thurrock FC. Tommy was also with Grays Athletic when they played us earlier in the season. Mainly a left back, where he made his debut in the win over Burgess Hill, Tommy is also able to play central or left midfield. Tommy is aged 22, and was an academy player at Charlton Athletic and we welcome him to the club.
    Leaving the club however are Martell Powell and Lee Barney who both had joined in the summer.

  • Burgess Hill preview

    Burgess Hill visit Summers Lane on Saturday as Wingate and Finchley seek to avoid stretching their winless run to 10 games. Also visiting on the day are the charity Delete Blood Cancer who will be taking registrations for their blood donor register.
    The Blues last win at home came on December 8th, a 3-2 victory over Cockfosters in the London Senior Cup. Their last win in all competitions followed 11 days later, a 92nd minute Tommy Tejan-Sie goal handing Wingate a 2-1 triumph away at Staines Town.
    Since then, Wingate have crept down the league and find themselves in 11th place, just one point above Saturdays opponents with a game in hand.
    Two chances of silverware have also been lost in 2016 for Keith Rowlands men, bowing out of both the London Senior Cup and the Middlesex Charity Cup to lower league opposition.
    Wednesdays match in the latter at home to Uxbridge on Wednesday saw the Wingate and Finchley development squad, Hadley Wood and Wingate, spectacularly throw away a 3-0 hour-mark lead by conceding four in the second half.
    With Wingates last opportunity to win a trophy coming on Tuesday in the League Cup against Enfield, the team will hope a victory on Saturday can act a springboard for another three days later.
    Burgess Hill, however, have already beaten Enfield this week. Wednesdays match between the two sides at Leyland Park saw the Hillians run out as 1-0 winners, courtesy of Scott Kirkwoods first goal of the season.
    The result was Burgess Hills first league win in 2016, just in time to face a Wingate side struggling for form.
    The last time these sides met, despite both the referee and linesman going down with injuries, Ola Sogbanmus solitary goal and a defending masterclass from captain Marc Weatherstone handed the Blues a 1-0 win.
    That game is fondly remembered for debutant Dan Browns post-match interview in which, unexpectedly, his trousers were pulled down. Wingate will be hoping they can avoid the same fate on Saturday afternoon.

    Preview by Andy Gerlis

  • Delete Blood Cancer visit on Saturday

    Wingate & Finchley are delighted to announce that on Saturday, before the Burgess Hill Town league game, we shall be welcoming the charity Delete Blood Cancer.
    The UK Charity will be at the Harry Abrahams Stadium all day from 12.30pm with the aim of getting people signed up to their donor register, and to help create their brand new promotional video.
    The fun part - which will see DBC set up a full size target in the goalmouth at 1pm - gives each person two minutes to score as many points as possible by kicking footballs through holes of varying sizes from 12 yards. This is a competition lasting the whole season as DBC extend their promotion drive around the country. The reason each contestant has two minutes, is to symbolise that it only takes this short amount of time to sign up for the valuable blood donor register.
    The main aim of the day though it to have as many people as possible sign up - players, staff or supporters of both teams - just by giving a cheek swab!
    In DBCs words, "a two-minute cheek swab will enable you to go on standby to save a life."

  • Uxbridge preview

    Wingate and Finchley host Uxbridge FC for their round of 16 tie in Middlesex Charity Cup on Wednesday, the second of four fixtures in an eight-day period for the Blues.
    Monday's 2-1 loss at Kingstonian saw Keith Rowland's men continue their unwanted run of eight games without a win. Despite dominating for large parts of the game Wingate just couldn't find a way past Kingstonian's goalkeeper, Rob Tolfrey. And, after last Tuesday's London Senior Cup loss to Redbridge, Wingate will be eager to keep hold of their remaining chances to bring home some silverware.
    Thursday's opponents Uxbridge FC come in to this game in similar form to the Blues. The Reds' only win in 2016 came on January 23rd against Ware, ending a run of seven straight defeats that stretched back to mid-December.
    A 1-1 draw with Arlesey at the weekend and a 2-1 loss to Beaconsfield SYCOB on Monday means Uxbridge currently occupy 14th spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central, some 75 places below Wingate.
    But, as we've already seen this season, size doesn't matter when it comes to cup competitions.

    Preview by Andy Gerlis

  • Kingstonian preview

    Wingate & Finchley travel to Kingstonian Monday evening in the hope of securing their first win under Keith Rowland. After the goalless draw at the weekend against Grays Athletic, the Blues now haven't won since beating Staines Town, 2-1, on the 19thDecember with a dramatic late finish.
    The hosts will be high in confidence coming into this game after winning their last three games in all competitions, prior to getting a rest at the weekend after their game against Enfield Town was postponed. From 28 games, The K's hold a record of fourteen wins, eight losses, and six draws. Totalling 48 points so far over the season, the home crowd will be eager for their team to pull away from Rowlands' side who themselves have 44 points from 30 games.
    Kingstonian enjoy playing at the Kingsmeadow Stadium, having only dropped points on four occasions from twelve league games, winning the remaining eight. Their last outing saw them topple Needham Market by a score of 4-2, after trailing 2-0. After Rowland was delighted his Wingate side kept a clean sheet in the aforementioned last outing, the Blues' tactician will be hoping his side can go one further and collect a massive three points.
    From fourteen away games, having only accumulated maximum points on six occasions, the odds are significantly in the favour of the home side. Though with the experience of Ahmet Rifat back in the back four, Wingate should be confident of expressing themselves up front.
    Earlier this season, Wingate started the season in flying form and their performance at the Harry Abrahams Stadium against their opposition, saw them complete one of their best in a 2-1 win, with top scorer Billy Healey grabbing both on the day. However, you'll have to go back as far as the 2012/13 season when the Blues last won at the Kingsmeadow, thus the away support will feel it's about time their side changed that record.
    With both teams pushing for a place in the play-offs, they will know that neither can afford to drop anymore points. With Kingstonian in eighth, Wingate in eleventh, it has all the makings of an enthralling game.

    Preview by Khalid Karimullah

  • Two cup finals reached

    The Youth teams have had a fantastic weekend, and now have two County Cup finals to look forward to.
    On Saturday morning the U16s played their much delayed AFA County Cup Semi Final vs Wapping FC. Wapping came looking for a scalp but the U16s played with real style and ran out with an emphatic 6-0 win to reach the club's first final of the season. The goals were scored by Toby Okoli, Tyler Smith, Dan Turk, Luca Quattromini, Javin Dougan and Theo Costa.
    Then on Sunday saw our U18s play their Middlesex County Cup Semi Final vs Omonia Youth. After going 1-0 up we were pegged back to 1-1 against a big powerful side. However just on the stroke of half time we went 2-1 up. Our superior quality shone through in the second half and we ran out 6-1 winners with the goals coming from Josh Grantham 2, Dara Dada 2, Ayoola Abe and Gilberto Abril.
    A fantastic achievement by both teams, and the dates of the finals are TBC

  • Redbridge preview

    Wingate & Finchley will be looking to put uneasy league form to the back of their mind on Tuesday night as they host Redbridge FC in the London Senior Cup Quarter Final. Keith Rowland will be looking for his first win as Wingate manager and, for a side that won the treble in 2011, where better to do so than a cup competition?
    Redbridge overcame Barking FC and Clapton FC in the first two rounds of the competition whilst the Blues beat Fisher FC 5-0 and Cockfosters 3-2 under Simon Lane to reach the last eight of the competition.
    The visitors come into this game off the back of two league defeats either side of the aforementioned 2-1 win over Clapton in this competition. AFC Sudbury visited Oakside and left with a 4-0 win whilst the Motormen lost 1-0 at Great Wakering Rovers the weekend before. Ricky Eatons side will be looking to escape from similar league woes, the Motormens last League win came on 5th December, at home to Waltham Abbey, who Wingate beat 4-3 in October.
    New Wingate signing Alex Addai will be looking to impress once again after his debut at the Abrahams on Saturday afternoon, scoring the solitary Wingate goal in a 3-1 defeat to Bognor Regis Town. The Blues will also be looking to sure up a slightly shaky defence, the last clean sheet coming on November 17th, at home to Leiston.
    Both teams League form is not what either set of fans would be upbeat about but a cup quarter final is always a great distraction and a great way to re-inject some confidence into a squad. The winner of this tie will face Hendon or Croydon at home in the semi-final.

    Preview by Nikhil Saglani

  • Bognor Regis Town preview

    Wingate & Finchley welcome Bognor Regis Town to the Harry Abrahams Stadium on Saturday afternoon in search of their first win under newly assigned manager, Keith Rowland.
    After the League Cup quarter-final against Enfield was postponed for a second time in a week, the Blues squad will be coming into this game having had a much needed break. You wouldn't have argued with any Wingate fan who thought it was a guaranteed home win with Lewes coming to visit in their last outing, however the spectacle didn't turn out that way after Rowlands side needed a late Billy Healey penalty to secure a point in a 1-1 draw with the bottom placed team. However, after losing three consecutive games beforehand, the point could be a vital stimulus for the North Finchley outfit as they look to continue their push for a play-off spot.
    The away side travel to Summers Lane in full confidence, having won both of their respective fixtures since the Blues last played. A 2-1 FA Trophy win over Altrincham in midweek followed a 2-0 victory against VCD Athletic, both coming at Nyewood Lane. Sitting just one place outside of a play-off position in sixth, and with games in hand over the teams above them, the visitors should prove to be a dangerous test.
    From 26 games, The Rocks have accumulated 47 points, and hold a record of fourteen wins, seven defeats, and five draws. Going forward, there is not much between the two sides, as the visitors have scored 47, which is only one more than their hosts. However, it is defensively where Bognor have been stronger, having conceded eight less than Wingate. As so many games in this league have proved so far this season, this game will be decided on which defensive unit remains more resolute.
    Five of Bognor's seven defeats have come on the road this season and Rowland can be confident of his side keeping up their own strong home record. Wingate find themselves in 10th, however the table could show a very different reading come 5pm on Saturday, as a win will see them climb within just one point of their opposition.
    Last seasons results between the two sides saw both home fans go home delighted. Wingate fell to a 3-2 away defeat at the Nyewood Stadium, before a dominant display in Finchley saw the Blues hit Bognor for four, in a 4-1 win. A player who needs no introduction in this league, and who scored in both fixtures, is Tommy Tejan-Sie, who will be looking to add to his tally against Jamie Howell's side.
    With both teams eager to get a psychological edge over the other in the heated race for a play-off spot, both sets of supporters should be in for an intriguing and entertaining game.

    Preview by Khalid Karimullah

  • New signing

    latest news

    The club is pleased to announce its first new signing under manager Keith Rowland. Chairman Aron Sharpe stated 'Keith and I sat down and discussed what was missing from the squad. We felt we were overloaded in certain areas and a little lacking in others, which restricted our ability to adapt our game. We put together a very tight list of whom we wanted to recruit and have managed, thanks to our close relationship with Grays Athletic, to bring in a player on loan that we feel can have a huge impact on the way we play.
    Alex has had spells at Spurs and Blackpool and we all witnessed his ability when we played them in the cup [in the 5-4 thriller]. Addai, who turned 22 in December, has previously played at Kingstonian, and describes himself as "a winger who can operate on both flanks".

  • Enfield Town preview

    New manager Keith Rowlands Wingate and Finchley side face local rivals Enfield Town for the second time in as many weeks, with the pair meeting on Tuesday in the quarter final of the Ryman League Cup.
    Claudiu Vilcu secured a 2-1 win for Enfield with the last kick of the game when the sides met at the Harry Abrahams Stadium two weeks ago to the day.
    The first of three local derbies in the space of a month for the Blues, Billy Healey opened the scoring before two goals without reply in the second half from Enfield meant all three points went back with the Town.
    And Saturday 2nd of Januarys loss at Hendon followed a similar pattern. Storming into an early 2-0 lead, the Blues quickly took their foot off the gas and found themselves level at the break. And despite Dan Browns first Wingate goal giving them an early second half lead, a brace from Kezie Ibe condemned Simon Lanes men to a second successive derby defeat.
    Despite a constant flirtation with the playoff spots this season, Wingate have managed just one league win since the start of a turbulent December and it was announced on Sunday 3rd January that manager Simon Lane had left the club by mutual consent.
    Former Northern Ireland International defender Keith Rowland was swiftly drafted in to take the helm, but with Tuesdays fixture postponed and to be played this week, his first task was to oversee Wingates home tie against bottom placed Lewes on Saturday. Despite seeing his side concede early on and being treated to an impeccable display of goalkeeping from visiting stopper Chris Winterton, a late Healey penalty meant both sides left the game with a point, meaning Wingates search for a first win in 2016 continues.
    Enfields loss at Dulwich Hamlet means the teams head in to Tuesdays fixture level on points in the league but, as a cup match between local rivals, form will almost certainly go out the window.

  • Lewes preview

    A game against bottom of the league Lewes would seem like a perfect game for Wingate & Finchley to bounce back from three successive league defeats. But, unfortunately for the Blues, the Ryman Premier League - this year - has been about as predictable as the National Lottery. Therefore, the Blues players will be looking to impress newly appointed manager, Keith Rowland, in order to nail down a spot in his starting 11.
    After a topsy-turvy December, the Blues began 2016 with an away defeat at Hendon after leading 2-0 and 3-2, but will be looking to gain some consistency in a much less congested January fixture list. Whilst scoring goals has not been a problem of late, its been keeping the ball away from Bobby Smiths goal that has caused problems for Wingate. However, the postponement of Tuesday nights League Cup Quarter Final against Enfield Town may give the squad time to train with their new manager, and also gain a break after a busy Christmas period. The last time the Blues had a fixture postponed; they bounced back from a loss to beat Staines Town in the final minutes of the game, showing that the fitness gained in the break may just be a blessing in disguise.
    Wingate will be looking forward to welcoming back Brad Hewitt, Ahmet Rifat and Alfie Bartram to the team after their respective injuries and suspensions, all three will be looking to rejuvenate a slightly depleted squad that has been hampered by injuries over the past months. Lewes have won three out of the last four meetings between the sides, but Wingate were victors in the last clash; goals from David Knight and Karl Oliyide sealing a 2-0 home win in January 2015.
    The Rooks form table makes for slightly better reading than the Blues, but neither side have much to write home about. Darren Freemans side won one, drew one and lost four of their last six league fixtures whilst Wingate, under Simon Lane, picked up only three points in the aforementioned game against Staines Town. Therefore, the Blues will be looking to top scorer Billy Healey, who has 22 goals in all competitions, to continue finding the net, he is the only Wingate player to score in every month of the season so far. Lewes goal scoring chart looks slightly more spread out than their hosts, with five players on three goals leading the way at the top of the charts. This game between two out-of-form sides will be an intriguing battle and a win could take Rowlands new side level with the play-off places.

  • New Manager Appointed

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    The Club are pleased to announce that Keith Rowland has accepted the job as first team manager at Wingate and Finchley FC.

    Keith Rowland is a former footballer who played as a defender with Bournemouth, Coventry City, West Ham United, QPR, Luton Town, Chesterfield, Barnet, Hornchurch, Redbridge and Welling United.

    After coaching at Aveley F.C. and being instrumental in their promotion to the Ryman Premier division, Rowland followed manager Rod Stringer to Braintree Town in May 2010 where he was first-team coach.

    Managerial contract negotiations failed and he left the club with Stringer in May 2011. On 14 June 2011, Rowland returned to Braintree as Assistant Manager to Alan Devonshire, leaving there last summer.

    Rowland gained 19 caps for Northern Ireland scoring one goal in a 1-0 win against Finland on 10 October 1998. He was first capped whilst with West Ham making his international debut on 8 September 1993 against Latvia. His final game came on 9 May 1999.

    Club Chairman Aron Sharpe commented: "Keith is someone who interested me since he was Rod's assistant at Aveley. I am more than surprised that he was available as he should be coaching at a much higher level with his CV and his ability. My job here is to look after the best interests of the club and ensure that we continue to punch above our weight. I believe that we have made an appointment that will benefit the club and I look forward to working with Keith as do all of the directors and members."

    PIC: Nigel Brown

  • Simon Lane Departs

    On Sunday Simon Lane attended a meeting with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman to discuss the season so far, and the outcome of the meeting was a mutual agreement for Simon to step down from his role at the club.

    Both parties agree that results are absolutely not a factor in this decision. However, a better way of working internally for both parties unfortunately could not be found, hence a parting of the ways was the only way forward.

    Simon would like to thank the players, staff and volunteers for their great efforts this season and wishes the club all the very best for the future.

    In return we would like to thank Simon for his efforts this season and we wish Simon all the best in his next role in football.

  • Hendon preview

    Wingate & Finchley travel to local rivals Hendon FC in a pay what you want fixture, after falling to a frustrating loss at home to another adversary, Enfield Town FC.
    Enfield's extremely late winner at the Harry Abrahams Stadium condemned Simon Lane's side to their second defeat on their own stomping ground in the space of four days, after also suffering a reverse score-line to Met Police on Boxing Day. After those two slip-ups, the Blues will be extremely eager to display their bouncebackability, as they have all season, with three points at Earlsmead.
    Hendon come into this game off the back of failing to take three points in their previous two fixtures. After they too fell to a 4-2 home defeat on Boxing Day against visitors Leiston, Saturday's opponents then scored five goals against Harrow Borough, though only gaining a solitary point. The hosts' results have been indifferent this season after only just recovering in December from a six game losing streak, following their struggles from the two months prior.
    Last season's results saw the Blues lose by one goal in a seven goal thriller in the Ryman League Cup, before Hendon completed a double over their North London opposition in the league. With an aggregate of five goals to two over the two games, this new look Wingate & Finchley squad will be a different test.
    After 29 games, The Greens first team manager Gary McCann will be eager to get as many points as possible on the board after sitting in 19th place on 28 points, and just five points above the drop zone. Having won only seven games in the league, there will be concern amongst the home crowd. To surprise, Hendon have scored the same amount of goals as their visitors, 42, but have been weak defensively after shipping 54 goals.
    Wingate however sit in seventh on 42 points, and are just three points subsequently off a play-off position. Having only conceded 33 league goals this season, the difference between the two sides will be which defence can remain more resolute. However, with Wingate's top goalscorer Billy Healey finding the net again on Tuesday, Lane will be confident his side can get back to winning ways.

    Match Preview by Khalid Karimullah

  • Enfield Town preview

    Wingate & Finchley host rivals Enfield Town in the Ryman Premier League on Tuesday night, hoping to overturn a 2-0 loss in the reverse fixture in September. That evening, the Towners took advantage of a lacklustre Wingate side and took the bragging rights but the Blues will be out for revenge. With both clubs also drawn against each other in the League Cup Quarter Final to be played next week, Tuesdays important game will be an opportunity for both managers to assess their opponents style.
    Wingate come into the game off the back of a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Met Police, in which a consolation Marc Weatherstone goal was all the Blues had to show for a sorry performance on Boxing Day. Wingate will be looking to striker Billy Healey to find the net again; he has nine League goals this campaign and has been a constant thorn in opposition defences since joining the Blues in the summer. Wingate will also be looking for Rob Laney, Lee Barney, Karl Oliyide, Alfie Bartram and Tommy Tejan-Sie to find the net, the Blues have shared plenty of goals amongst them this season and should they score once on Tuesday night, theyll have totalled 40 League goals in 2015/16. Wingate find themselves five points ahead of their rivals at the minute and an eight point gap after Tuesdays game would bring much confidence to the Blues ahead of a difficult set of January fixtures.
    Opposition, Enfield Town, come into the game off the back of a busy December schedule, and will have played nine games in the space of 26 days upon the full time whistle at the Abrahams Stadium on Tuesday, a schedule that can test the depth and resilience of any squad in the country. Despite the jam packed month, the Towners have won six out of eight games, losing only to Hampton & Richmond Borough and East Thurrock United. The latter result, coming on Boxing Day too, was a bitter disappointment for the Towners and brought about the end of a five match winning streak. Wingate will have to be wary of Corey Whitely, Harry Ottaway and Bobby Devyne, who have 26 goals between them so far this campaign, the latter also scored in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
    Both sides will be desperate to recover from Saturdays unexpected defeats on Tuesday night and, with the exciting prospect of the quarter final looming, will be looking to ensure that they can hold the bragging rights until the big game on January 5th.

    By Nikhil Saglani

  • Met Police preview

    Wingate and Finchley will host Metropolitan Police on Boxing Day as both sides look to overturn a poor December month that has seen them each win just one league game.
    As the weather begins to worsen, both sides have had a games postponed, making consistency hard to come by.
    Hard-to-swallow losses at the start of the month to Billericay Town and VCD Athletic meant the postponement of the Blues following game away at Brentwood came as an almost welcome relief to a side that, half way through a jam-packed season, looked as if it needed a rest. And the opportunity for some extra training clearly did Simon Lanes men the world of good as Tommy Tejan-Sies late goal handed them a 2-1 victory over Staines Town last weekend.
    The same, however, could not be said for Saturdays opponents.
    Though The Met started December with a win over play-off contenders Leiston, and signing former-Blue Leon Smith, they could only produce a goalless draw at home to Brentwood Town before their midweek away game against Merstham was called off.
    But despite using the break to capture the signature of Portugese midfielder Andre Da Costa from Hendon, Metropolitan Police fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough last Saturday and found themselves dumped out of the Surrey Senior Cup by Molesey FC on Tuesday night.
    Though they currently occupy the 15th spot in the Ryman Premier League, Metropolitan Police are not a team to be underestimated, with the five teams above them just three points ahead.
    Charlie Collins remains their biggest threat having found the net on 8 occasions this season, but it was second-top goalscorer Joe Turner that scored the winner in the Mets last victory in the league at Leiston.
    Wingate rode out as 3-1 winners when these two sides last met in the league but, with big dinners and big games coming thick and fast around this time of year, nothing will be certain when the Blues get a visit from the Police on Boxing Day.

    By Andy Gerlis

  • Staines Town preview

    After a disappointing week consisting of an away loss at VCD Athletic and a postponed game, Wingate & Finchley visit Staines Town in the hope of re-entering the coveted play-off spots in the Ryman Premier League.
    Simon Lanes side, currently sitting in sixth place, are four points adrift of the top of the table but also five points off 14th place, showing just how tight and competitive this league has been. The Blues have so far lost both league games in December, winning only a London Senior Cup tie against Cockfosters. The loss against VCD last weekend was a huge shame considering the number of chances Wingate had - and the travelling fans will be praying for better finishing from the Blues at Wheatsheaf Park. In the reverse fixture, Staines were the first team to deny Wingate a victory this season and left North London with a share of the spoils after a 0-0 draw.
    Staines come into this game sat in 17th place after their relegation from the National League South last season. So far in 2015-16, the Swans have found results hard to come by in a League that is extremely difficult to get out of. However, the Wingate defence will have to be very wary of Pat Cox, who has registered 18 goals this season as well as Luke Wanadio, who has scored eight times since the start of the campaign. However, both have a knack of scoring away from home and Lane will be hoping both men are kept quiet this Saturday.
    Conversely, Staines will have to be aware of Billy Healey, Karl Oliyide, Rob Laney and Lee Barney, who have scored 36 goals between them in the league this season - and with Oliyide returning from injury, this front four could prove to be decisive in the outcome of Saturdays game. With the Blues fired up after the loss last weekend, Staines will have to be wary of a motivated side travelling down to Twickenham.

    By Nikhil Saglani

  • Brentwood Town preview

    Wingate & Finchley travel to The Centre Arena early midweek to play 21st placed Brentwood Town. The Blues have the impetus of knowing that a win could see them travelling back to North London sitting in a play-off position.
    Any point right now for Brentwood boss George Borg is welcomed with delight, as his side find themselves still in the relegation zone on 20 points after their latest result, a 0-0 draw at Met Police. From 21 games, they've only won six times, their last win was away at VCD Atheltic in the first week of November. Since then two defeats and two draws have hampered their efforts to climb up the league. Despite playing well in periods of games, it's probably to no surprise that they find themselves in a lowly position after conceding 36 times and only finding the back of the net on 25 occasions.
    Simon Lane's side will be eager to pick up three points after slipping up against the team that their hosts on Tuesday last beat, after relinquishing a 1-0 lead at the weekend. Wingate will take confidence from the fact that Brentwood haven't won at home in the league since the end of September. However, the previous fixture on the opening day of the season was a tight affair after an early two goal brace from Billy Healey accumulated all three points in a 2-1 win against then manager, Dean Holdsworth's side.
    Wingate find themselves in sixth position, just a point outside the play-off places and three points off the top. The travelling away support will have high expectations after 17 out of the Blues' 39 points have come on the road this season. From 11 away games, Lane's side has won five, drawn twice and only suffered four defeats.
    As aforementioned, Healey has already found the net twice against Tuesday's opponents and has eight goals in the league, 18 for the season. Similarly, Rob Laney who scored Wingate's only goal at the weekend has eight goals in the league and ten all together, while fellow striker Lee Barney has five league goals to his name and nine in total so far. Thus the high flying Summers Lane outfit will be full of confidence heading into this game.
    With both teams having their respective motivations, this game should be an entertaining game for both sets of fans

    By Khalid Karimullah

  • VCD Athletic preview

    Wingate and Finchley travel to VCD Athletic on Saturday determined to make amends for their late defeat against Billericay Town last weekend.
    Teddy Nesbitts 84th minute goal condemned the Blues to only their second defeat in all competitions since the start of November. But Wingates performance in a 3-2 victory against local rivals Cockfosters in the London Senior Cup on Tuesday was a further demonstration of the never-say-die attitude Simon Lanes side has shown throughout the season.
    And it is this fighting spirit that has carried Wingate to fourth place in the Ryman Premier League, just three points from the top with a game in hand over leaders Dulwich Hamlet.
    VCD Athletics story is quite the opposite, however. Without a win in their first 19 games of the season, an extremely timely run of form has seen the 2014 Ryman North Division champions secure victory in three of their last four matches, drawing the other.
    Athletic remain eight points away from safety, but with two games in hand over 20th-placed Hendon the South-East London side will welcome Wingate amidst a resurgence of the exact same belief that saw them narrowly escape relegation last season.
    Having been in the relegation zone for much of the campaign, wins in all of their last six games saw Athletic finish 18th, two places clear of the drop. And for believers of fate it will come as no surprise that their fourth win in this run came at home to Wingate and Finchley.
    Though their battles are waged at opposite ends of the table, both sides will be desperate for three points. Because these two teams will only meet again in the league on the second-to-last day of the season and who knows how important Saturday's result could prove then?

    By Andy Gerlis

  • U18's Into Cup Semi

    The Under 18s side recorded an emphatic 6-0 away win at Enfield Town FC to reach the Semi Finals of the Middlesex County Cup. It is a great achievement by the boys, with the highlight a Josh Grantham hat-trick. Well done to managers Jake, Ben & Tom who now face Omonia Youth at home on Sunday the 17th January in the Semi Final. Let's get a great big crowd to support the boys!

    Youth results :
    Hanwell Town 1 - 0 Wingate & Finchley Herts - Middlesex Cup 1/4 Final
    Wingate & Finchley U16s London 1 - 5 Barking FC - EJA League
    Enfield Town U18s 0 - 6 Wingate & Finchley U18s - Middlesex Cup 1/4 Final

  • Cockfosters preview

    Wingate & Finchley host Cockfosters in the London Senior Cup on Tuesday night, looking to book their quarter final spot. The Blues have, so far, seen off Fisher FC in this competition and will face either Redbridge or Clapton in the last eight should they progress.
    The Blues will be looking to recover from Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Billericay Town in what was a cold, windy afternoon - and the conditions made the game a less entertaining affair than the quality of both teams were capable of producing. However, the Blues will be looking to get back on track and will be looking to their in form strike force to lead them to victory. Billy Healey has scored nine cup goals alone this season, but Karl Oliyide and Lee Barney have seven between them in cup competitions too.
    Cockfosters made the Last 16 via a 2-1 away win at Hanwell Town and come into this game in steady form. A 2-2 draw at St Margaretsbury followed a 1-1 draw at Tring Athletic but Dean Barker's side won their three games prior to that; including a 4-0 thrashing away at Broxbourne Borough. The Fosters boast a good away record, winning 10, drawing six and losing eight of their games on the road this season but they were on the end of a 3-0 defeat at Ryman League side, Harrow Borough earlier in the campaign. However, all form - be it league or away form - flies out of the window during the cup games and Barker will have his side well drilled to take on stern opposition.
    Wingate & Finchley will be anticipating a tough test but a win would see them into the last eight of a competition they last won in 2011. The few that still remain from that squad will be eager to repeat their success and Captain, Marc Weatherstone said, "As Captain of this club, I want to be lifting a trophy at the end of the season so it's a huge game for us to get one step closer."

    By Nikhil Saglani

  • Billericay preview

    High-flying Wingate & Finchley welcome Billericay Town to the Harry Abrahams Stadium, knowing that a win could potentially see them go level on points with league leaders Dulwich Hamlet with a game in hand.
    The last time these two sides met, former manager Dave Norman's side won the away fixture 3-2, with Tommy Tejan-Sie grabbing a vital away goal to give the Blues all three points. However, Craig Edwards' side denied Wingate from completing the double over them by snatching a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture.
    Billericay Town find themselves in 8th position on 35 points having played three games more than Simon Lane's team. Their form away from New Lodge is inconsistent, having lost 4, drawn 4, and mounted the same amount of wins. However, their last loss came away to Met Police on October 20th and have lost just once in their last 10 league games. The visitors will be coming into this game with plenty of attacking options, and have the relief of being able to select their top goalscorer on 9 goals, Mike Fondop-Talum, who has recently returned from suspension. They are a side who do find the net more often than not having scored 40 goals in total, 18 coming on the road, however they do equally tend to concede having picked the ball out of their own net on 18 occasions from 12 league away games.
    Wingate have turned Summers Lane into a fortress and sit in 3rd position on 39 points. With 7 wins, 1 draw and only three defeats at home in the league, the Blues will be eager to sustain that record. Their ability to do that will be helped by top goalscorer Billy Healey, who has been a revelation since returning from injury by scoring 4 goals in his last 2 outings. The North London outfit are a free scoring side at home having accumulated 23 goals from just 11 league games. Howbeit, having conceded 24 goals in the league, the slight worry for Lane will be that 14 of those goals have come on their own stomping ground.
    With only four points separating the two teams, and with each respective side hitting a good run of form, it should be an entertaining game of attacking football.

    By Khalid Karimullah

  • Youth news

    We have received great news over the last two days that a minimum 10 of our Youth Players have been called up to represent County representative sides.
    On Saturday the 12th December, Two Under 18s Cameron Lyttle & KC Stedman will represent the AFA County side in the FA Youth County Cup 3rd Round vs Sheffield FA, venue to be advised.
    On Sunday the 13th December Six Under 16 Herts team players will play for the AFA County side at Colney Heath FC vs London FA in the South East Counties League. It is a 1.00pm Kick off. Sam Brazier, Alex Hadjithemistou, Joseph Toscani, Oliver Begueria, Jacob Elmon & Nicholas Kouroushi will all start in the game.
    Two further Under 18s Bradley Marriot & Romelle Aloumenu are also called up to play away for the Middlesex FA at the Suffolk FA in the 3rd round of the FA County Cup on the same day.
    A fantastic achievement by all boys, and with this Sundays Middlesex Cup 1/4 finals to look forward to, our youth teams are definitely doing their bit to showcase Wingate & Finchley's Young talent.

  • Harrow Borough preview

    Wingate & Finchley play host to Harrow Borough in a London derby on Saturday afternoon in the Ryman Premier League. The hosts come into the game off a thrilling 5-4 win over Grays Athletic in the Ryman League Cup on Tuesday, where they left it until 81 minutes to score the winner in a game that would not have looked out of place on a basketball court.
    Wingate come into the game full of goals, having scored 20 times in their last seven games in all competitions, including scoring five twice in cup competitions. Simon Lane will also be confident defensively as, Tuesday nights game aside; his defence have only conceded eight goals in five games, which will give the Blues a good chance against the visitors.
    Steve Bakers side come into the game having won three of their last six league games, scoring 12 times in the process. Marc Charles-Smith is the clubs top goal scorer with 9 goals this season but the club have had 11 different scorers in league games, so Wingate will have to be aware of the goal scoring threat of Harrow from all areas. Having said that, Wingates own right back, Mark Goodman scored twice during Tuesdays win and will be looking to continue his strong start to the campaign; both offensively and defensively.
    For Wingate, Healey returned to goal scoring form on Tuesday and the Blues fans will be looking forward to welcoming Karl Oliyide back into the team after he was rested for the game against Grays. Rob Laneys fitness ahead of this one is touch-and-go as he is looking to recover from a back injury he sustained two weeks ago in time to face the Boro.
    Last season, Laney scored in a 3-1 Wingate win with goals also coming from Scott Shulton and Nico Muir but the Blues were thrashed 5-1 at the Earlsmead Stadium, former striker David Knight opening the scoring early on before the hosts came back to win emphatically.
    The Blues have been impeccable at home this season, losing only thrice in the league at the Abrahams since the start of the campaign. Lane and the Wingate fans will be hoping the Blues can secure another three points that could take them up to third in the league table.

    By Nikhil Saglani

  • Grays Athletic preview

    Wingate & Finchley play host to Grays Athletic on Tuesday night, with both sides taking a break from League action to try and register their place in the quarter finals of the Ryman League Cup. The Blues won this competition in 2010-11 and will be looking to repeat the feat of five years ago, having already seen off Harlow Town and Waltham Abbey in the opening two rounds. The teams sit only five places, and three points, apart in the league, but Grays boast two games in hand over Wingate.
    The Blues come into the game off the back of a return to form of sorts, winning four of the last six games in all competitions, including a 3-2 win over Tuesdays opponents on November 3rd. Simon Lanes side have also found the net 15 times in those six games, with Lee Barney scoring five and Rob Laney four in the calendar month. Wingate exited this competition to Hendon last season and will be looking to ensure that a similar slip up is avoided for the visit of the Gravelmen.
    Since the meeting in the league, Mark Bentleys side have won three out of three games and have scored five times, Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson scoring two of these goals after finding the net against the Blues at the beginning of the month too. The striker will be a threat to the Blues but Lane will also have to prepare his men for the pace and trickery of Roman Michael-Percil on the right wing and Harry Agombar, who has two goals to his name in the last two games.
    Wingates strikeforce is in blue hot form and whilst Laney and Barney are firing on all cylinders, the side will be boosted by top goalscorer Billy Healeys return from injury. Karl Oliyide has scored twice in the last three games and will be looking to score his tenth goal of the season.
    With the Blues having returned to form since a short blip, the game will be a tough one for both sides especially considering the close nature of the game to the Gravelmens last visit to the Harry Abrahams Stadium, but the winner of the tie will start to dream about silverware at the end of the season.

    By Nikhil Saglani

  • Youth Update

    Many of you now will start to recognise some of the names representing the club, with no fewer than four Under 18s representing the first team: Josh Grantham, Cameron Lyttle, Bradley Marriot and Hakim Nyoraki.
    The Under 18s have had Cameron Lyttle and Joe Russell representing Middlesex County in their 2-1 win over Northants with Cameron Lyttle scoring. Three more players were called up to represent the Amateur FA, for their 6-3 win against Devon. Bradley Marriot, Paulo Montella & Romelle Alomenu.
    The U18s were unlucky to go out of the FA Youth Cup on penalties to Hayes & Yeading, when they dominated the game. Their season has recently taken an upturn and they have now reached the Middlesex County Cup quarter finals, where they will play Enfield Town.
    The Under 16s age group operates with two sides. The Herts team is a continuation of last seasons Under 15s, whilst the London side is a new side. This season has seen a total of seven players make the step up to under 18s when called upon. The U16s Herts side saw five players selected to play for the Amateur FAs side in their 2-1 win over Sussex. Sam Brazier, Joseph Toscani, Oliver Begueria & Alex Hadjithemistou all played. Following a successful Middlesex County Cup run, they have now reached the quarter final stage of the Competition having scored 21 goals, with a clash awaiting them away at Hanwell Town.
    The U16s London side havent faired too well so far. As a new side, they have performed really well in games, however not quite had the results their performances deserved. They have also had a spate of injuries which has weakened the squad. The Youth set-up at the club is primarily to feed the first team. Players representing the club aspire to become first team squad members, and the four that have played some part so far, are testament to this.
    We would welcome supporters at any game, all support is welcome. The teams play their games at Dame Alice Owen School and The Old Owens Sports Ground in Potters Bar. In weeks to come we will see the development of our New Training Ground in Barnet, after years of hard work by the Chairman and Directors of the club, coming to fruition.
    Next season will see us extend our teams from ages Under 14s - Under 18s. Developing our own local talent is our aim, that progress through to first team level, is not just the Chairmans directive but also my own as Head of Youth Development. We hope we see you supporting our young teams in coming months, it always gives our boys a lift.
    All fixtures are posted on the website. The youth coaches and I thank the Chairman and Directors for their continued support. If you would like further information please check out the clubs webpage in the Youth Section or you can contact me at andrew@wingatefinchley.com.

    Follow our teams on Twitter : @ winfinchleyU16s & @winfinchleyU18s

    By Andrew Kouroushi

  • Leiston preview

    Simon Lane's frustrated outfit will welcome Leiston to the Harry Abrahams Stadium on Tuesday evening, in the hope of bouncing back from their surprising setback against Farnborough.
    Likewise, the visitors will be looking to get back to winning ways, after seeing their FA Trophy Cup hopes fade away at the hands of Ryman Division One South team Corinthian Casuals. Richard Wilkins' side find themselves in second position with two games in hand on 36 points, knowing that a win in North Finchley could see them go level with Dulwich Hamlet at the top of the table.
    Leiston are a high scoring unit having accumulated 31 goals, and have scored in all but two fixtures on their travels. With an away record of 3 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses, they will be confident about taking at least something with them back to Suffolk. Having conceded 20 goals, eight on their travels, they do have a strong defensive record. Though notwithstanding, they will be playing a Wingate side who have scored 32 goals in the league, with the Blues forcing the opposition to pick the ball out of their net on 19 occasions at home.
    The last time these two sides met in North London, Leiston ran out 4-3 victors, and the Blues are yet to reciprocate after consequently suffering a 2-0 defeat at Victory Road. However, personnel and managerial changes have taken place since, thus Lane's side will be hopeful of the result being very different this time round. One player that the visitors will be aware of is Rob Laney, who did well to provide the assist for the Blues' solitary goal at the weekend, and who has found the back of the net recently on four occasions in the same amount of fixtures played.
    The hosts currently sit in eighth position on 32 points, but have the incentive of knowing that a win could see them climb to as high as third. With a home record of five wins, one draw, and three defeats, the Wingate faithful will be hopeful of seeing their side achieve a third straight victory on home soil.
    With injuries mounting and not much between the two teams, Lane's side will have to display the same character that has so far seen them keep up with the league's top two front runners.

    By Khalid Karimullah

  • Farnborough preview

    Playing the same team twice in the space of a week isnt unusual in cup competitions, but is an altogether rarer sight in the League. However, due to financial complications resulting in postponed games, Farnborough FC are now playing catch-up to clear their fixture list, meaning they will host Wingate at Cherrywood Road just a week after tasting defeat at the Harry Abrahams Stadium.
    Despite going behind twice last Saturday, braces from strikers Rob Laney and Lee Barney put the Blues 4-2 up by the end of a thrilling first half, but a dull second period only saw Tom Broadbent pull one back for Farnborough in the 90th minute, too little, too late.
    Late goals were the theme for Farnboroughs midweek League Cup game against Kingstonian, too, with Boro looking good for a goalless point before a quick flurry of goals in the last six minutes saw them run out as 2-1 losers.
    By contrast, Wingates midweek London Senior Cup game couldnt possibly have gone much better. Five goals from five different goalscorers handed Wingate a 5-0 away win at Southern Counties East Football League Fisher FC; Strikers Rob Laney, Lee Barney, Reese Tison-Lascaris and defenders Ahmet Rifat and Leon Solomon all managing to find the net. Thats now three wins in three games for the Blues, and their rollercoaster season is back on the up.
    Wingate striker Lee Barney has certainly stepped up to the plate while Billy Healey recovers from injury, netting 6 in his last 5 games. His strike partner Rob Laney has also hit the ground running again after a short absence following the birth of his daughter with 4 goals in his last 3 appearances.
    If Wingate can keep it as tight at the back as they did against Fisher while continuing the fantastic vein of goalscoring form they have shown in recent games, theres no reason they cant return from Farnborough with all three points.

    By Andy Gerlis

  • Fisher preview

    Wingate & Finchley travel to Dulwich Hamlet on Monday night to face Fisher FC in the London Senior Cup. The Blues fell at this stage of the competition last year and will be hoping to go a few rounds better under Simon Lane. Last season saw the Blues beat Cray Wanderers on penalties before losing to Cray Valley at the second hurdle. Wingate & Finchley are two time winners of this competition, the last success coming in 2011 in a 3-1 win over rivals Hendon. The old Finchley FC were also London Senior Cup winners twice, so the club will be looking to pick up winners medals in May to bring a fifth title back to North Finchley.
    However, Wingate find themselves getting back on track after a short blip in October. With two wins in two games going into this fixture, Lanes side will be confident of keeping the streak going and progressing into the next round to face Cockfosters at home. Fortunately for manager, Lane, his side go into this fixture with both strikers in red, or blue - hot form. Rob Laney has scored three goals in two games whilst Lee Barney has four in the same timeframe, both will be looking to improve their tallies in this fixture. Jack Metcalfe continues to deputise well for an injured Bobby Smith and, despite not keeping a clean sheet in the past few fixtures, has kept Wingate in games at times.
    Hosts, Fisher, will be looking to get back to match fitness after a nine day absence from football, a 5-2 humbling at the hands of Greenwich Borough FC. The Fish find themselves a lowly 16th in the Southern Counties East Football League, having won only one of their last five games and only three since the season began in August in the League. It wont be an easy fixture for the visiting Blues, cup games never are, but the travelling fans should be hopeful of a win. The competition isnt a large one in terms of numbers so four wins would take the Blues back to the final.

    By Nikhil Saglani

  • Farnborough preview

    After two successive defeats against Hampton & Richmond and Royston Town, Wingate & Finchley bounced back superbly with a hard fought 3-2 win over Grays Athletic to accumulate a vital three points. Now, Simon Lane's side play host to Farnborough at the Harry Abraham's Stadium on Saturday afternoon, where the Blues will look to maintain that winning feeling.
    Farnborough will be visiting Summers Lane off the back of an outing against Bideford on Monday, in which they fell to a 5-4 penalty shoot out defeat after the match finished 2-2 with 120 minutes played. Spencer Day's side find themselves in 21st position with 9 points after 13 games, having only amounted three wins in the league this season, subsequently losing ten.
    With a goal difference of -15, the visitors have tended to concede more than they've scored, having only found their way past the opposition on 21 occasions, and picking the ball out of their own net 36 times. In retrospect of that statistic, the visitors have looked to sure up their defence by bringing in a former Blue Ronayne Marsh-Brown, who's experience should have a positive influence.
    The Yellows don't travel well having lost six times from six on the road, however, only on one of those occasions have they failed to score, thus Wingate will have to be wary of their opponents' attacking threat. The last victory in all competitions came at home against VCD Athletic almost two weeks ago for Day's side, thus they will be eager to get points on the board as quickly as possible.
    The task ahead of Farnborough won't have been missed by the visitors, as Lane's side could move up to as high as fourth position with a win. Having played 16 games, the Blues currently sit in 8th position on 29 points, with a home form consisting of 4 wins, 1 draw and just 3 defeats from 8 league fixtures. Having scored 15 goals with a goal difference of +10, and falling short from scoring against just two sides that have visited North Finchley, Wingate have proven to be clinical in front goal which is a strength that the home fans will be relying on from their team.
    As aforementioned, in the win over Grays Athletic, the strike pairing of Lee Barney and Rob Laney looked in fine form, and both will be eager to continue on a good run. With the former scoring his 3rd goal in three games, and the latter scoring his 5th goal of the season, Farnborough could have a tough afternoon.
    With an intriguing game in prospect, both managers will be anticipating a good performance from their respective sides in the hopes of climbing further up the table.

    By Khalid Karimullah

  • Grays Athletic preview

    Wingate & Finchley host Grays Athletic on Tuesday night, in what is the third of four consecutive home games for Simon Lanes side. However the Blues will be looking to bounce back from an FA Trophy upset against Royston Town. After a fantastic August, with seven wins from eight games, the North London side are in a slight slump having won only one of their last five games in all competitions.
    Grays are also in a slight slump, winning only one of their last six league games and scoring only six goals in that period. However the Gravelmen have won three of their last four games, winning in the FA Trophy, drawing against Welling United in the FA Cup and thrashing Lewes 4-0 in the league. They did suffer a 4-0 defeat in the replay against Welling. Dangerman, Dumebi Dumaka has scored 15 goals for Mark Bentleys side whilst Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, Joao Carlos and James Stevens have scored 16 goals between them this season.
    The Blues will be looking to top goal scorers Billy Healey and Karl Oliyide for goals, the pair scoring 15 goals between them since Lanes arrival as manager. Rob Laney and Lee Barney will also be looking to add to their tallies and building on impressive performances that have not resulted in as many goals as either will have wanted.
    Both sides go into the game in shaky form and Wingate will need the midfield to step up after a dip in form. Tommy Tejan-Sie, Oliyide, Ola Sogbanmu and Leon Solomon all started the season very brightly and will be pushed for starting spots by Martel Powell, Daniel Brown and Michael Buckley. Jack Metcalfe has deputised well for Bobby Smith in goal, saving two penalties in two consecutive games at the Abrahams Stadium. The game could be a springboard for both sides to get back to winning ways in what promises to be a tightly contested fixture.

    By Andy Gerlis

  • Royston Town preview

    Wingates season has, in recent weeks, hit what one may describe as a bit of turbulence. A tightly packed October month has seen them play seven fixtures across four competitions in just 24 days, winning four and losing three. Saturdays fixture against Royston comes as the first in Wingates campaign for the FA Trophy and this competition serves as a nice alternative to the FA Cup proper, after the Blues lost out to Weston-Super-Mare three weeks ago to the day. This defeat, coupled with injuries, fixture congestion and paternity leave for in-form striker Rob Laney, has ensured manager Simon Lane has been kept on his toes with regards to his personnel changes, but Wingates only win since the FA Cup loss has come sandwiched between two defeats. If the season has indeed hit turbulence, then this game against Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central outfit Royston Town may just be the fixture Wingate need to level out their season.
    The Crows wont make this game easy though. Their last nine fixtures have seen them fail to secure maximum points just twice, thanks in part to a six game winning streak that included their 3-0 hammering of Great Wakering Rovers to set up this tie with Wingate. Hammerings have been the flavour of the month in Hertfordshire too; recent results have seen winning scorelines of 3-0, 4-0 (x2) and 7-1. Sitting fourth in their division, Royston have shown this season that they could be serious title contenders, snapping at the heels of first-place Egham Town who hold a tenuous two-point advantage over the Crows.
    Wingate will be wary of attackers Rob Mason and Rhys Hoenes, with the pair notching up 16 goals between them this campaign which included a hat-trick for the latter in that remarkable 7-1 victory against North Greenford. Midfielder and captain Scott Bridges also put his case forward for the match ball in that game, netting half of his season tally of six goals within those 90 minutes. With Royston able to boast eight other goalscorers in their team, Wingate will need to be aware that chances and goals can come from anywhere on the pitch.
    Despite their stature, Royston can regularly draw home attendances in triple figures and Wingate will need to display a strong home performance so as to avoid a replay at a tough ground with a strong local support. With just 8 fixtures separating the Harry Abrahams Stadium from Wembley, The Blues will have to display some early signs of the mental strength and technical ability it will require to take them there.

    By Andy Gerlis

  • AFA U16 match

    Four young Wingate & Finchley players represented the Amateur Football Alliance at Under 16 level in a 2-1 win over the Sussex FA on Tuesday 27th October. As a club that takes pride in a great youth setup, with focus on developing young players to play for the first team, it was a proud occasion for everyone at Wingate & Finchley, and the club would have had a fifth representative if Nicholas Koroushi hadnt picked up an injury prior to the call up.
    The four boys were Alex Hadjithemistou, Joseph Toscani, Oliver Begueria and Sam Brazier, who are all part of the Wingate & Finchley U16 setup that play in the Eastern Junior Alliance League. So far this season, the U16s have won one and lost two of their league games, but find themselves in the third round of the Middlesex Cup after a 10-0 win against Kensington Dragons in the first round and an 8-1 win over Harefield United in the second round.
    This season, Simon Lane has given debuts to many players from the academy, including Cameron Lyttle, Josh Grantham and Hakim Nyariki, who have all featured in cup competitions for the first team. This development is only good for the club and sets an example to the younger players, showing that their hard work and application can be rewarded with first team opportunities.
    The AFAs next game is on 13th December, at home to the London FA. We wish the young boys the best of luck!

  • Hampton & Richmond preview

    Wingate & Finchley play host to Hampton & Richmond on Tuesday evening at the Harry Abrahams Stadium. The Blues getting back to playing after a welcomed ten day mini-break, as both fixtures against Enfield Town and Brentwood had to be postponed due to each respective sides' involvement this past weekend in the FA Cup.
    The visitors though will be coming into this game high in confidence having lost just twice on their travels this season. In all competitions they have won three and drawn five. Whilst as aforementioned Simon Lane's side haven't played since beating Merstham 2-0 away from Summers Lane, Hampton & Richmond took maximum points from Dulwich Hamlet and drew 2-2 with Harrow Borough. The Beavers sit high in fourth position having accumulated a possible 31 points from 54, after 18 games. With a goal difference of +9, Alan Dowson's side do tend to find the back of the net more often than not, having found their way past the opposition's goalkeeper in nearly all games this season in the league, apart from their home fixture against Lewes. Two players which have been vital in that impressive run of form are Moussa Diarra and Dean Sinclair, both who have scored 10 between them, with the latter a player that Simon Lane will be wary of having scored against the Blues in a 2-1 away win for Lane's team.
    Where they falter is in conceding goals, 24 times they've picked the ball out of their net in the league, exactly half of those times have come on their travels. Last season's fixtures found the Blues taking four points out of a possible six, subsequently as this season has proved so far, Wingate won the away fixture in dominant fashion with a 4-1 victory, however the host's will be hoping that the home result will be different, having only drawn 2-2. The visitors will be well aware of the task in front of them, with Wingate having been impressive at home all season. In all competitions they've drawn only once, and lost just three times, consequently winning five. Sitting in 10th position, they have four games in hand over their opponents.
    Lane's side have proven to be a tough side to beat at home, with only two defeats in the league coming against Tonbridge Angels and Canvey Island, both games proved to be fixtures however in which the result could have been very different. A player which Hampton & Richmond will be wary of is Karl Oliyide, a player who has found the back of the net on seven occasions this season, the first coming at the Beveree stadium in the previous fixture back in August. It should be an intriguing game in North London, one in which the Blues will be eager to continue that winning feeling, and look to climb up the league.

    Match Preview by Khalid Karimullah

  • Youth County Call-ups

    We are extremely pleased to announce that Wingate & Finchley FC have had 9 youth players called up for County Representative matches.
    Four Under 18s will travel to Devon to play for Middlesex County on Saturday 31st October in the FA YOUTH County Cup. Well done to the four boys below.
    We also have Five boys from the Under 16s who have been selected for the AFA County side which travels to play Sussex FA next Wednesday evening the 28th October 2015.
    Well done to all 9 boys:

    Middlesex County Under 18s Squad vs Devon 31st October
    Paolo Montello
    Josh Grantham
    Bradley Marriot
    Romelle Alomenu

    AFA County Under 16s Squad vs Sussex 28th October
    Sam Brazier
    Joseph Toscani
    Ollie Begueria
    Alex Hadjithemistou
    Nicholas Kouroushi

  • Fixture news

    1. The game with Enfield Town is OFF as they have invoked a league rule allowing them to postpone due to their FA Cup game that Saturday.
    2. The game vs Brentwood Town is OFF due to their FA Cup involvement that day. Hadley Wood & Wingate play in the nearby area if you wish to fill the void, full details soon.
    3. The game vs Met Police has been moved from 3pm on 26th December to 12pm on the same day.

  • Merstham preview

    After two disappointing defeats in a row, Wingate & Finchley face an away trip to newly promoted Merstham FC on Saturday 17th October. The Blues were unfortunate to be knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend, succumbing to the streetwise and well-drilled Weston-super-Mare, although Simon Lanes side will be disappointed at the number of opportunities that they didnt put away. On Tuesday night, Wingate dominated the second half but fell to a 2-1 defeat at Canvey Island, with only a consolation goal to their name.
    Merstham were unbeaten in three games going into Tuesdays League game against Hampton & Richmond, in which they were thrashed 6-1. Whilst this was a disappointing game, their game at the weekend saw them defeat VCD Athletic 3-1 in the Ryman Premier League, with Charlie Penny scoring two late goals to win the game. Wingate will have to be aware of Tommy Hutchings, Tom Kavanagh and Fabio Saraiva, who have netted 12 goals between them this season. However, Merstham have had an even spread of their goals, with 12 different players getting their names on the score sheet so far this season. The Moatsiders, however, have struggled to stop goals going in, keeping only two clean sheets so far this season, compared to Wingates seven. Merstham have conceded 30 goals in the league so far in comparison to a mere 12 conceded by the Blues, however the hosts this weekend have scored two more goals than Wingate.
    Wingate will be looking to bounce back from the away defeat to Canvey Island in the League and will need Billy Healey to find his form from earlier in the season, where he netted eight goals in the first 10 games. However his glut (five goals) against Spartan South Midlands side, Broadfields United, will give him confidence to begin scoring again in the League. After being rested on Tuesday night, Tommy Tejan-Sie and Karl Oliyide will be fresh to try and continue their good starts to the season, the latter finding the net seven times so far this season. However Wingates highly lauded pressing game will be led by Rob Laney, who has four goals to his name so far this season, including a hat-trick against another promoted side, Needham Market.
    Merstham have struggled at home this season, winning only one of 10 games at Moatside, and losing eight. Wingates away form, on the other hand, has been impressive compared to last season. The Blues have won seven, drawn one and lost only two of their games on the road this season, an impressive feat for any side. Simon Lane will be hoping his team can continue this good run on Saturday afternoon, before a tough local derby at home to Enfield Town three days later.

    Match Preview by Nikhil Saglani

  • Canvey Island preview

    Four games - in four different competitions - within the space of a week is enough to take its toll on any team and Wingates 100% record in the first three matches was brought to an abrupt halt on Saturday, as Vanarama Conference South side Weston Super Mare brushed past the Blues to proceed to the 4th Qualifiying Round of the FA Cup, denying Wingate the chance to go one stage further than their now three-time club record. Despite the loss the team remain resilient and will look to bounce back against Canvey Island, the players eager to overturn a controversial defeat handed to them in the reverse fixture two weeks ago to the day.
    With the sides separated by just one solitary point going in to the game, a tight contest was always going to be on the cards. Ahmet Rifat had given Wingate the lead 10 minutes in to the second half, the defender trying his hand at being a striker when he sidestepped his marker inside the box and tapped the ball low in to the corner of the goal, but with 20 minutes left it was Canveys defender Richard Halle who levelled the score, tapping home a loose ball following Bobby Smiths original save. With a share of the spoils looking the likeliest result, Canveys top goalscorer Martin Tuohy stepped up in the 89th minute to handle the ball past Smith into the Wingate net. Protests from the players, dugout and stands fell on deaf ears with fingers being pointed directly at referee Adam Crysell and his officials.
    With defeats against Grays Athletic and Ipswich Wanderers knocking them out of the League and FA Cups respectively, Canvey have had a much quieter fixture list than Wingate since the last time the sides met - just one match against Brentwood town last weekend, resulting in a 1-0 home victory in which Tambeson Eyong scored the only goal of the game for his fourth of the season. Eyong, however, will have some job to do to catch Martin Tuohy at the top of their goalscorers chart, with the striker hitting the net 12 times this campaign.
    With Wingate still in the middle of a tough fixture schedule (this game comes as their fifth in a 9 day period), they will need to draw on all their mental strength to not only put Saturdays FA Cup defeat behind them but to regain the excellent form they showed in the matches that preceded it

    Match Preview by Andy Gerlis

  • Weston Super Mare preview

    Saturday sees the fifth anniversary of Non-League Day - an incentive for football fans to fill a weekend devoid of Premier League football with support for their local non-league club. With this day coming as such a huge occasion in the league calendar, it is only apt that years event coincides with a huge game for the club, an FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round tie against Weston-Super-Mare.
    As this round marks the furthest Wingate & Finchley have ever reached in the FA Cup, qualification here would set a new club record and add another scalp to a barnstorming season that sees them lie a point outside the play-off places in the league as well as continuing to progress in all cup competitions available to them.
    By contrast, Wingates opponents Weston-Super-Mare have had a bleak start to the season. It took the Seagulls 6 games before registering their first league point of the season and, through taking just 5 from a possible 18 since then, currently find themselves sitting second-bottom of the Vanarama Conference South, one division above but separated from Wingate by a gap of just 9 places.
    They have, however, found a small vein of form recently, winning their two previous games against Hook Norton and Margate in the FA Cup and League respectively. Bradley Ash netted twice with no reply in the latter to join defender Ollie Barnes and attackers Dayle Grubb and Scott Wilson as top scorers with two goals apiece in all competitions.
    Wingate come in to this game on the back of a busy week that saw them play 3 matches in the space of 4 days - a tight 1-0 away win at Burgess Hill on Saturday laid the foundations for two midweek cup victories in 24 hours against Waltham Abbey and Broadfields FC.
    Striker Lee Barney opened his account with two goals in a 4-3 win against the Abbotts, before a hat-trick from Meshach Williams, five goals from Billy Healey and a clean sheet from Jack Metcalfe came in an 8-0 away mauling of Broadfields.
    Wingate have put the memories of a crushing, controversial defeat at home to Canvey Island a week ago long behind them. Rediscovering the form that has set them up for such a fantastic season so far, the Blues can go into this game full of confidence and will look to make this a record-breaking Non-League Day to remember.

    Match Preview by Andy Gerlis

  • Wingate & Finchley double header preview

    Wingate & Finchley face the difficult task of two cup games in two days with trips to Waltham Abbey and Broadfields Untied on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October, respectively. After a strong start to the season, Wingate have hit a mini dry spell, losing two of their last five games, putting into perspective how good the start of the season was for the Blues.
    Tuesdays trip to Waltham Abbey in the Ryman League Cup will, however, be no walk in the park. The Abbotts won their cup game 2-1 against Dereham Town on Saturday afternoon and will be looking to put a difficult start to the league season behind them as focus turns to the League Cup. Their manager is former Blues' manager, and Arsenal legend, Martin Hayes - his men will know the opposition in front of them are favourites, but will feel that they can cause an upset at home to one of the Ryman Premier Leagues big boys. The Ryman North side find themselves one spot off the bottom of the league table but a win against Simon Lanes outfit - who also have on eye on the Middlesex Cup on Wednesday and the FA Cup on Saturday, could turn their season around.
    Broadfields United FC find themselves in 11th place in the Spartan South Midlands Division One and will play host to Simon Lanes Wingate on Wednesday night. The Fighting Cocks have had a mixed start to the season, winning a couple of tough away games but also losing games at home. The trip to Harefield will not be an easy game for the Blues as it will be less than a 24 hour recovery period from the Waltham Abbey fixture, meaning Simon Lane will require the full depth of his talented squad in order to aim for two wins. The Blues will also have a huge game against Weston Super Mare on Saturday at the back of their minds, but must do a professional job in the Ryman League Cup and Middlesex Cup first.
    A solitary Ola Sogbanmu goal was enough for three points on Saturday versus Burgess Hill Town and Wingate will be looking to bury the ghosts of the controversial defeat to Canvey Island with two solid wins during the week. Whilst Saturdays FA Cup Third Qualifying Round tie will be the biggest game of the week, the Wingate fans will demand nothing more than progress in every cup competition in the hope of a repeat of the treble winning season under former manager, David Norman.
    Whilst neither midweek tie will be a walk in the park, Wingate will hope their name will be in two proverbial hats before a ball is kicked on Saturday afternoon.

  • Non League Day & The FA Cup

    Non-League Day, the campaign to promote semi-professional and amateur football, takes place on Saturday 10th October. With no Premier league or Championship sides in action, fans across the country are being urged to get out and support their local non-league side.
    With Wingate & Finchley playing at home in a huge Emirates FA Cup Third Qualifying Round game against Conference South's Weston-Super-Mare, there is more reason than ever to get behind The Blues. To celebrate what should be a fantastic occasion, the club will be giving away a copy of the eagerly awaited Football Manager 2016.
    All U16's attending the match will be entered into a raffle to be drawn shortly after kick-off. Five random entries will be selected and invited to take part in a half-time penalty shoot-out on the main pitch. The winner will receive a copy of Football Manager 2016 and have their photo displayed on club Social Media channels.
    The Club have also invited local side Omonia Youth U11's to celebrate the day. They will play a match on the pitch before the main event, and then will give both Wingate & Finchley and Weston Super Mare a guard of honour as the teams walk out to begin the FA Cup encounter.
    With a week still remaining, the Club are inviting further local schools and groups to help celebrate Non-League Day 2015 and to make it as memorable as possible.

    For any enquiries, please contact mike@wingatefinchley.com

  • Burgess Hill Town preview

    After a dramatic but ultimately disappointing loss at home to Canvey Island on Tuesday night, Wingate and Finchley will need to dig deep away at Burgess Hill if they are to restore the feel good factor felt around Summers Lane following their FA Cup win against Concord Rangers two days earlier.
    With just one league win in five and six of the seven goals scored in these games coming in that solitary victory, Wingates purple patch from the start of the season that saw them go on a 6 game unbeaten run is beginning to seem like a distant memory. Though the performances that have gone with these defeats have been far from poor Wingate can be accused of making their own bad luck - missed chances and some poor officiating often coming back to bite them despite regularly looking the stronger side. A cup win against Vanarama Conference South outfit Concord Rangers showed that the Blues are still a team to be feared, able to score goals from all positions of the pitch and confident in their own ability. The controversial midweek home defeat against Canvey Island means Wingate find themselves just one point but three places behind Saturdays opponents Burgess Hill, albeit with two games in hand and stronger goal difference.
    This season is the Hillians maiden spell in the Ryman Premier Division, a barnstorming 2014/15 season seeing them reach the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and win the Ryman League Division One South comfortably by 11 points. High on confidence, they currently sit in 7th place with just one loss sandwiched between four wins and three draws from their last eight league games, including a 2-1 victory against Lewes which prompted the departure of the East Sussex sides manager Steve Brown.
    Wingate will need to nullify the threat of striker and Players Player of the Year Pat Harding who has found the net four times so far this season. His namesake Lee Harding has scored three goals from midfield since the start of the campaign but with nine other players also on their list of goalscorers for this season The Blues will need to be aware that, like themselves, goals can come from anywhere on the pitch.
    Though this is the highest that Burgess Hill have ever found themselves in the league pyramid, Wingate will be wise not to underestimate a team who have shown they can hold their own against tough opposition. An away win could send the Blues back above Burgess Hill and up towards the play-off spots with some breathing space between them and the teams below.

    Match Preview by Andy Gerlis

  • Canvey Island preview

    After Wingate & Finchley's superb display of heart and determination in the FA Cup second qualifying round win against Conference South outfit Concord Rangers, the Blues now turn their attention back to the league when they entertain Canvey Island at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on Tuesday evening.
    Canvey will be coming into this game off the back of a great result themselves having hammered Farnborough 6-2 away from their Frost Financial Stadium home, indicating that Danny Heale's side will be high in confidence as they look to maintain their miniature fine run of form.
    The visitors from twelve league games have had indifferent results; winning five, drawing three and having lost four. Two of those defeats came prior to Canvey showing great character when they beat VCD Athletic 2-1, before their dominant display at the weekend. Sitting comfortably in 10th position, they will be eager to push on. They're a side who do score many goals, having amounted 23 already, ten of those goals coming from a player which Simon Lane will be wary of, Martin Tuohy. However, they do also tend to concede having picked the ball out of their own net on 21 occasions.
    Last season's fixtures saw a mix of the spoils, as the Blues won the home fixture 2-0, before travelling to Essex on the last day of the season when it was Heale's side who accumulated all three points, in a dramatic 3-2 win to stay in the Ryman League. A player who scored in both games was Rob Laney, who is in fine form this season with four goals so far and will be looking to bolster his good goalscoring record against Canvey.
    After their disappointing loss away at Enfield Town, the Blues showed phenomenal fortitude after they out willed the Beach Boys on Saturday to progress further in the FA Cup. Having lost only two out of their ten league games, winning six of them, Wingate will be hoping to further increase their astounding start to the season.
    The North London outfit have only conceded eight goals, with three conceded in the league at home, exhibiting the task in front of Canvey Island. Having netted 18 times, 10 of those coming at Summers Lane, the Blues will be focused on maintaining, and adding to that record.

    Match Preview by Khalid Karimullah

  • Enfield Town preview

    Wingate & Finchley face an away trip to local rivals Enfield Town on Monday night. The Blues have begun the season very well and sit in 4th place, 3 points off the top with a game in hand whilst their hosts, Enfield, sit just above the relegation zone in 20th place.
    Enfield haven't had the season they'd have hoped for with only four wins so far this season, two of these coming in their last two games. Bobby Devyne has three goals to his name and will be looking to increase his tally on Monday.
    On the other hand, the Blues are flying and have only lost one game all season, drawing two. Billy Healey has six goals to his name in all competitions, whilst Rob Laney has netted four times so far. Bobby Smith returned after an injury during Wingate's 0-0 draw with Leatherhead at the weekend and will be looking for another clean sheet, with he and Jack Metcalfe keeping five between them this season.
    Wingate did the double over Enfield last season with a 3-2 away win earlier in the season and a 1-0 home win on New Year's Day thanks to Scott Shulton's volley. Rob Laney scored his first away goal in the 3-2, with Karl Oliyide and James Kaloczi scoring the other two.
    Monday night's game will be a tough fought battle with the Blues looking to get back to winning ways and climbing up the table, whilst a derby win could do wonders for Enfield's confidence.

    Match Preview by Nikhil Saglani

  • Leatherhead preview

    Wingate & Finchley travel to Surrey to play a struggling Leatherhead side at Fetcham Grove for a Saturday afternoon kick-off. The Blues will be hoping there won't be any repeat of last season, after falling short of taking maximum points in both fixtures against Richard Brady's team.
    The away fixture saw a similar Wingate side, if not in names, but confidence, face Leatherhead who had failed to secure any wins in their previous six matches until they won 2-0, with both goals coming from Carl Rook, a player no longer in their ranks. At the end of the home fixture, captain Marc Weatherstone was in defiant mood, as he felt it was points dropped rather than a point gained as the spectacle finished 0-0. However, in both games, despite the results, it was Wingate who were the more threatening going forward.
    The Tanners sit 13th in the table, and although they find the back of the net more often than not, having netted 16 goals in the league after nine games, they also have conceded an equal amount. In their four home fixtures this season, results have been indifferent as they've won twice, drawn once and lost the other. Their form coming into this game isn't what Leatherhead would have been hoping for, as they've lost three and drawn twice in all competitions since their last win at home on August 26th against Dulwich.
    Wingate will be well aware of the threat that Kiernan Hughes-Mason, with three goals and one assist already this season, poses, after the forward came inches from scoring against Bobby Smith last season, and was the visitors biggest threat. Also in their ranks is forward Phil Walsh, who has five assists and three goals. With both star players in form this season, the Blue's defence will have to be guarded.
    In Leatherhead's last home game, a 2-0 loss against Merstham, it was the visitors rhythmical passing style which saw Brady's men struggle to get any real grip on the game, which is something that Simon Lane will be attentive of as his team like to play with that same fluidity. Since Wingate's single loss of the season so far coming against Tonbridge Angels, they've since gone on to score a phenomenal 10 goals in two games, continuing their blistering start to the season, with a 6-0 home win against Needham Market, and a 4-0 away win at Long Buckby AFC in the FA Cup.
    Wingate have been unbeaten on the road with three wins in the league from as many games, and four in all competitions. The resilience from their defence has seen them concede only 6 goals, which has given them a foundation to build on and a licence to accumulate 18 goals in the league alone. The intricate style of football has seen players such as Kyle Watson, Karl Oliyide and Billy Healey flourish, which Leatherhead will be conscious of.
    Unlike the Blues, Leatherhead could only draw 1-1 against lower league opposition, after South Park remained difficult to beat in their FA Cup tie, meaning the Tanners will face a replay at home for the reverse fixture - though this was called off this week. The extra rest could prove vital for the high flying North London side.

    Match Preview by Khalid Karimullah

  • Long Buckby analysis

    Wingatefinchley.com spoke with Director or Football , Simon Lane about the win at Long Buckby: "Saturday's result and performance was important on a number of levels. Financially of course a club like ours needs every single penny so it was key on that front. We removed a potential banana skin too as the cliche goes. It was all set up for that with the long away trip and the threat they posed to higher opposition in previous rounds. Once again though our mindset was spot on right from the first whistle so any danger was averted."
    Two players were given their first team debuts during the second half. 17 year old Midfielder Coskun (Josh) Grantham and 16 year old forward Hakim Nyoriki, who have both made a big impact for the Under 18's.
    Lane continued "For me a great second prize on the day was being able to give the opportunity to the 16 and 17 year old lads. They say there's no sentiment in football but it was my intention all along, and I said to the guys at half time, kill the game so we could play with more freedom and give these young lads something they could treasure for the rest of their lives by getting them into the action. I'm proud they did that for them."
    "We have a young squad anyway but I think it sends a strong message that young local talent will get all the opportunities possible at this club on my watch as it has done since the Chairman took over. I know that both boys really appreciated it and I am extremely proud of them."

  • Cup news

    We have been drawn to travel to Broadfields Utd in the Middlesex Cup, to be played at Harefield Utd FC (UB9 6NE), and this will take place on Wednesday 7th October. Our Ryman Cup game will take place on Tuesday the 6th against Waltham Abbey or Hornchurch.
    The Fisher cup game (at Dulwich Hamlet) is still TBC.

  • Long Buckby AFC preview

    Wingate will look to carry their blistering start to the league season across the competitions as they face a 150 mile round-trip to lower league opposition Long Buckby for their 1st Qualifying round of the FA Cup.
    Coming off the back of a composed, 6-0 victory midweek against struggling Needham Market, Wingate will once again look towards Rob Laney and Billy Healey for goals, a strike partnership made in Hanwell that has netted 10 in all competitions together since the start of the season. Laneys hat-trick and Healeys goal and assist in that game against Needham will give them a massive confidence boost after they drew a blank in Wingates solitary loss this season, a 1-0 home defeat against Tonbridge Angels at the weekend.
    Wingate have already had some cup success this season, a 1-0 home win against Harlow seeing them through to the second round of the Ryman cup. Club captain and central defender Marc Weatherstone - who scored the only goal of the game - also found the net midweek against Needham Market, but it is his commanding performances at the other end when partnered with either Brad Hewitt or Ahmet Rifat that have ensured Wingate have only conceded 6 goals in all competitions.
    Wingates opponents Long Buckby are currently three leagues below Wingate and Finchley, sitting 12th in the First Division of The ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League. Not a true reflection on their ability, they have only played three league games this season with a further three in hand. Having started the season in excellent fashion with a 6-2 victory against St Neots Saints in their opening fixture, their only loss of the season came against Wellingborough Whitworths sandwiched between FA cup victories against Harefield United and Daventry Town. It took two Buckby two attempts to progress through the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round, their 2-2 away draw against Harefield forcing a home replay which they duly won 1-0.
    Having progressed past Harefield United - tough opposition from a higher league, Buckby were drawn against Daventry Town, a team two leagues above them. With seemingly little difficulty Buckby rode out a 2-1 home victory to set up this tie with Wingate and Finchley. Though he was not on the scoresheet, current top scorer Edward Kostuik was named man of the match and he will certainly be the one to watch when the Blues travel north on Saturday. Buckbys band of brothers in midfield Simon and Ricky Barby will make sure Wingate stay on their toes having scored 4 goals between them since the start of the season.
    Long Buckby are no pushovers, all three cup victories this season coming against teams from a higher league. Their latest, a 3-1 victory against Spelthorne Sports, came at the weekend in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase. Wingate will need to show Buckby a lot of respect when they step out on to the Station Road pitch on Saturday but if they can continue the form they have shown over the course of the season, they should be able to ensure a long but happy journey home.

    Match Preview by Andy Gerlis

  • Needham Market preview

    Wingate & Finchley entertain a team they have already played this season, Needham Market, at home on Tuesday evening. The first time these two sides played each other was on the 7th September 2010 at Bloomfields Stadium, when Wingate were in the Ryman Division one North. The fixture saw the Blues travel back to North London empty handed, having been beaten convincingly 4-1, after David Laird had given them the lead. The home game was better, after two goals from Leon Smith helped Wingate to three points, after a 2-1 victory.
    Needham Market are now competing in the Ryman Premier Division for the very first time, having won promotion last season. After playing 8 games so far, they find themselves in 21st position and are yet to win either at home, or on the road this season. However, they have been difficult to beat when playing away, as the only side yet to beat Wingate this season, Tonbridge Angels, found out after playing a 3-3 draw with Mark Morsley's men. The previous fixture this season saw Wingate win 1-3 with goals from Billy Healey, Karl Oliyide and Tommy Tejan-Sie giving the Blues all three points.
    Despite their run of results, Adam Mills will be eager to continue his goal scoring form, coming into this game off the back of scoring 3 goals in four games. The visitors also possess Sam Newson, a player who played well against Wingate and who has looked comfortable at this level.
    As the game in Suffolk proved, the key battle will be in midfield. The creativity and movement of Martel Powell and Tommy Tejan-Sie caused Needham's defence to be pulled away from their positions, which allowed space for the full backs to deliver balls in from the by-line on countless occasions. The visitors will be wary of this, especially having yet to keep a clean sheet.
    After that disappointing and frustrating narrow loss at home to Tonbridge Angels, Manager of the Month Simon Lane will be eager for his side to get back to the type of form which gave them a near perfect August, by completing the double over the Marketmen.

    Match Preview by Khalid Karimullah

  • Simon Lane - Manager of the Month

    Wingate & Finchley manager, Simon Lane, has been named as the Ryman Premier League Manager of the Month for August 2015. In his first competitive month at the club, the Blues went undefeated having won 5 out of the 6 league games in the opening month, drawing the other one. They also defeated Division One North big-spenders Harlow Town in the League Cup.
    As well as collecting an inscribed glass trophy recording the achievement from Macron, he can look forward to being measured up for a new suit courtesy of sponsors Nicholas Rowe Tailoring

  • Fixture news

    Our game Away against Farnborough will now take place on Monday 30th November with a 19.45 Kick Off.
    Next week, our U18's will play at home in the FA Youth Cup against Hayes & Yeading on Thursday 10th September at 19.30.

  • Tonbridge Angels preview

    The Blues welcome Tonbridge Angels to the Harry Abrahams Stadium on Saturday afternoon for a 3pm kick off, for what should be an exciting game between two teams who have had positive starts to the season.
    Saturday 23rd August 2014 was the very first time they faced each other, with Wingate winning comfortably 2-0, the goals coming from David Knight and Tommy Tejan-Sie. The latter still an integral part of the side, will be looking forward to playing against Tonbridge as he also scored in the away fixture, as Wingate won 2-1.
    Steve McKimm's men travel to Wingate & Finchley having not lost away yet this season; from games against Enfield Town, Bognor Regis Town and Harrow Borough, they have won two and drawn the latter. With an aggregate score of 23 goals scored and only 7 conceded, they come into this game in fine form and with sky high confidence, having just come off a 7-0 home win against VCD Athletic on Bank Holiday Monday.
    Simon Lane's men however will prove to be an extremely stern test as his side has had an impressive run of results, in which new summer signing Billy Healey, already with 5 goals has contributed massively. From six games in the league, they've only dropped two points in the home draw to Staines, whilst winning an impressive 16 points from a possible 18. The team have been playing immaculate football and have been able to express their ability, playing in a way that emulates the ethos of the club.
    Tonbridge Angels have the Ryman Premier division top goalscorer in their ranks, Luke Blewden, who has scored an impressive 7 goals already so far this season. However that's not the only player that Wingate will be wary of, with Nathan Elder being an integral part of their system and Thomas Parkinson, who has chipped in with 4 already from midfield.
    Conceivably this is the strongest team Wingate have possessed, and have leaders all over the park led by the defensive general and captain, Marc Weatherstone who has been immense at the back. The defence has been resolute even when going down to 10 men at times this season, although what has been evident this season is how the defending starts from the front. With a midfield consisting of Tommy Tejan-Sie, Martel Powell and Karl Oliyide, Wingate will fancy their chances against any side in the division.
    Tonbridge having spent three seasons in the Blue Square South, the clubs highest ever position in the non league game, will be aiming to get back there after the disappointment of failing to go straight back up last season. Wingate's aim will be to solidify and better last seasons finish which was their highest ever league position, beginning with another victory against Tonbridge. Expect there to be moments in the game for both sides, and although both managers have publicly down played their sides chances of a play-off position, they will be quietly confident of achieving that feat.

    Match Preview by Khalid Karimullah

  • Player news

    Joe Sharpe will sign with Southern League side Ware FC on a dual-registration, and shall go on loan for regular first team football and experience.
    Kieron Street is also moving to the Hertfordshire club, and shall join the club on a permanent move. Kieron has been a great servant to the club, however he has not managed to hold down a starting place and wants to play regular football. We of course wish him well.

  • Jack Read

    Wingate & Finchley can confirm that young striker Jack Read has joined Beaconsfield SYCOB on a dual registration.
    Director of Football Simon Lane said: 'Jack felt that he needed regular game time which I agreed with; competition for places here is very high, and with our forwards scoring it has been difficult for him. We will monitor the situation at Beaconsfield as it is an open-ended arrangement, and we of course wish him all the best.'

  • Hampton & Richmond Borough Highlights and Reaction

    Match highlights with commentary of win at Hampton & Richmond Borough from Football Exclusives Exclusive match highlights with commentary of Wingate & Finchleys 2-1 win against Hampton & Richmond Borough at the Beveree Stadium are now available at Football Exclusives. You can watch these exclusive highlights by signing up to a Premium Membership at Football Exclusives for just £5 a month, with £2 of that coming directly back to Wingate & Finchley.
    Highlights are available direct at: bit.ly/Ham1-2Win
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  • Fixture news

    Saturday's friendly game away at Ware has been moved to a midday kickoff.
    We have been drawn at home to Harlow Town in the Ryman League Cup 1st Round, with the date to be confirmed.

  • Fantasy football

    For this season we are launching a Wingate & Finchley Fantasy Premier League competition! It will be 10 pounds to enter, and to keep you involved all the way through the year there will be prizes every single month for Manager of the Month!
    Please email paul@wingatefinchley.com by 31st July to enter.

  • New kit pre-orders

    We are now taking pre-orders for our new 1st Team shirt for 2015/16. The home shirt is blue and white, and the away shirt is orange and black, and they are priced at 35 pounds.
    Please email paul@wingatefinchley.com by the end of July if interested to avoid delay in production of your order.

  • Match reports 18th July

    THAMESMEAD TOWN 2-0 WINGATE & FINCHLEY

    Lineup: King, Khalil Zakkour, Watson, Buckley, Weatherstone, Michael Folonsho, Pama, Tejan-Sie, Read, Healey, Sogbanmu. subs: Moses BT, Josh Grantham

    In the early kickoff in South East London, Wingate and Finchley succumbed to defeat through two sucker-punch goals early in the second half. Wingate had dominated an entertaining but scoreless first half, though both sides were restricted to shots from distance as neither keeper was truly troubled.
    After the break, Jack Barry turned home a near-post corner before Tyrus Gordon-Young raced onto a clearance from former Blue Farai Hallam to beat Gavin King from the edge of the box.
    Wingate made a late rally, as Tommy Tejan-Sie sent a ferocious shot which another ex-Blue Andy Walker parried away. Ola Sogbanmu then found the top corner but saw his effort ruled out by the offside flag.


    LONDON COLNEY 3-3 WINGATE & FINCHLEY

    1 Zaci Ouarra
    2 Josue Nzau
    3 Orlando Joao
    4 Joe Sharpe
    5 James Regis
    6 Coby Rowe
    7 Leon Solomon
    8 Ollie Jones
    9 Rob Laney
    10 Martel Powell
    11 Karl Oliyide
    Subs: Mechak Williams

    Wingate & Finchley snatched a late draw from the jaws of defeat away to London Colney, despite trailing for 73 minutes of the game. The visitors came close after two minutes when Joe Sharpe's free kick flew just wide of the left hand post.
    However this early momentum didn't pay off as the hosts took the lead on 24 minutes. Spencer Clarke-Mardell took aim from 25 yards and his shot flew straight at Wingate keeper Zaci Ourra, who let the ball slip under his body and was adjudged to have crossed the line by the referee's assistant, to much protest from Ourra - who had had a good game until the error.
    Karl Oliyide almost levelled the affair on the stroke of half time but his shot was saved well low down by the hosts' keeper.
    The second half was, for 26 minutes, a much quieter affair and neither side was able to hold on to the ball for long enough to influence the game. On 71 minutes, however, Jimmy Hill capitalised on a mix up between the Wingate centre backs and doubled Colney's lead with a deft chip over Ourra, who had been left stranded by the mix up in defence.
    Wingate pulled a goal back on 75 minutes with an Oliyide penalty, but the hosts regained their two goal cushion when Hill raced in behind after stealing the ball from Leon Solomon and finished low from just inside the box on 81 minutes.
    A second defeat on the same day was staring the Blues in the face until Oliyide converted a cut back from the left wing and reduced the deficit to just one. This time, it was Wingate who responded well and, on 87 minutes, Mechak Williams slammed home from inside the box after a corner evaded everyone at the front post.
    The Blues may consider themselves lucky to come away with a draw but the pre-season fixture was another chance to gain fitness and game time before the Ryman League kicks off on August 8th at home to Brentwood Town.

  • Thamesmead Town Away Friendly

    The kickoff for this game has been moved to 12pm on Saturday. London Colney away still kicks off at 3pm.

  • Maccabia GB U16s 1 - 3 Wingate & Finchley Herts U16s

    The Under 16s signed off for the summer with a friendly match vs Maccabia GB select side U16s. It proved to be a real test for boys having only played one friendly match since the end of April.

    Maccabia kicked off and for the first few minutes played some delightful football, whilst the Wingate side chased shadows and found their bearings. Once they did find their bearings their was no stopping them, they scored the first goal of the game with a great incisive move. Jake Howell found Javin Dougan on the right he laid the ball back to Konstantine, who found Nic Kouroushi, he inter changed passes with Jacob Elmon on the edge of the box, who laid off for Nic Kouroushi to fire home into the far bottom corner on 7 minutes. 1-0 Wingate.

    Wingate started to dominate, Alex Hadjithemistou drive forward with Phil Alexandrou, the ball found Javin Douglas on the edge of the box, but he was fouled. Direct free kick.

    Nic Kouroushi placed the ball down, Javin ran across it and Nicholas curled the ball into the far corner with a sublime free kick and 2-0 to Wingate.

    Maccabia were still very dangerous and from a quick break down the right hand side and a low cross, Jamie Rawsthorne produced a fantastic double save from a low shot and saving the rebound on the line.

    Wingate nearly scored again Josh Adewoye twisted and turned in the box before firing a low shot which the keeper brilliantly saved. Goal three came soon after, a quick interplay in midfield, found Ben Reynolds on the right side of centre just outside the Maccabia penalty area, he the rifled in a low hard drive into the far corner for 3-0 and his first Wingate goal, 3-0 at half time for Wingate.

    The second half was a lot tighter, and chances were scarce. Wingate still with the better of chances with a great move down the left Oliver Begueria's pin point cross, but Javin Dougan's header saved. Jake Howell sent in a ferocious shot from the edge of the box that just went over, and as the boys tired and Maccabia probed they got the goal their second half performance deserved with a fine shot in off the post, for 3-1.

    Final score Maccabia GB 1 - Wingate & Finchley 3

    Scorers : Nicholas Kouroushi 2, Ben Reynolds 1

    Team : Jamie Rawsthorne, Jake Howell, Oliver Begueria, Josh Barry, Harry Challis, Phil Alexandrou, Alex Hadjithemistou, Konstantine Chrisostomou, Nicholas Kouroushi, Jacob Elmon, Javin Dougan, Joseph Toscani, Ben Reynolds, Toby Okoli, Josh Adewoye

  • Sponsor draw: winner!

    The winner of the draw, whose name shall adorn the First Team kit for 2015-16, is our long-term sponsor Anthony Gold Solicitors based in central London

  • Sponsor draw

    Football returns this Saturday, with our first preseason friendly against Hertford Town at 3pm. Additionally our Lottery Draw - which will see one of the club sponsors drawn out at random to be our official Shirt Sponsor for 2015/16 - will take place at half time during the game.
    The venue is Rowley Lane Sports Ground, Barnet, EN5 3HW.

  • Cup draws

    In the Trophy 1st Qualifying Round we have been drawn at Home to Royston Town or Great Wakering Rovers, on Saturday 31 October 2015.
    In the FA Youth Cup we play away at Hayes & Yeading in the week commencing 7th September.
    The FA Cup draw has not been done yet as we have two byes.

  • Changes to preseason games

    We will now play Hertford Town at Rowley Lane on Sat 11th July, and the Maidenhead game has been moved to Bisham Abbey at 7.15pm. There is also an added fixture away to Royston on Thursday 23rd July.
    The full list is now as follows:

    11th July - Hertford Town (Rowley Lane)
    14th July - Maidenhead (Bisham Abbey at 7.15pm)
    18th July - Thamesmead away
    18th July - London Colney away
    23rd July - Royston away
    25th July - Slough home
    28th July - Hemel Hempstead home
    1st Aug - Ware away

  • Three selected for Maccabi Games

    Wingate and Finchley shall once again be well represented for the European Maccabi Games with three players from the Under 21 squad selected for the Great Britain side. Goalkeeper Ross Weinrabe, team captain Joe Sharpe and wing-back Alex Davis will all travel to Germany for the tournament which runs from July 27 to August 5 in Berlin. This shall be the first time Alex Davis will have travelled, however both Weinrabe and Sharpe won bronze medals at the World Games for Under 18 Football in 2013, and Sharpe also won Under 18 Futsal bronze in 2011 at the last European Games in Vienna.
    We wish all three and the GB squad good luck in their quest for gold!

  • David Knight Departs

    The club would like to announce that an agreement has been reached with Hornchurch for the transfer of David Knight, for an undisclosed fee. We would like to thank David for his contribution to the club last season and wish him the very best of luck at his new club.

  • Another New Signing

    Director of Football Simon Lane's transfer activity continued today with the signing of another prolific striker from the league below.
    Lee Barney joins from Marlow having just missed out on the golden boot in his division last year with 25 goals.
    Lane said "I'm thrilled to have secured Lee after intense competition for his signature. Lee has pace to burn and is a pure finisher. He had Conference South experience with me at Maidenhead but has now matured after a spell in Australia as a pro. The thing that came through strongly was that money really isn't a factor and his real desire to play for us shone through." He continued "there's a very positive feeling flowing through the club at the moment, there are some very positive and supportive people here, and long may it continue!"

  • One In and A Bunch Committed

    Director of Football Simon Lane is delighted to confirm the signing of Hanwell Town hotshot Billy Healey. Healey has been prolific over the last couple of seasons - scoring 55 in 53 games in 2013/14*, forming a devastating partnership with our own Rob Laney that year. The gaffer said "I think Billy is more than ready for this level and without putting pressure on him, goals are his business and I think he'll really enjoy playing for us." Lane was keen to stress the importance of another local signing: "Billy is a Finchley lad with a strong family connection here and it's exactly what we want, the best local players turning out here for our fans to get behind and relate to."
    Of the existing squad, a whole raft of players have committed to the club for next season after discussions with new gaffer. They include; Ahmet Rifat, Tommy Tejan-Sie, Marc Weatherstone, Brad Hewitt, Mark Goodman, Karl Oliyide, Bobby Smith, Rob Laney, Orlando Joao, Ola Sogbanmu, Harrison Georgiou, Joe Sharpe, Jack Read, Jack Metcalfe and Gavin Suddell who have all signed on the dotted line.
    The new boss is understandably delighted "I consider this to be an outstanding result for the club - and credit must go to all concerned. I felt keeping this young squad together was essential for the future and now we have a firm platform to do our work on the training field and look to improve things further if we can."

    * Goals credit http://www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/

  • Pre Season Confirmed

    We are pleased to confirm our list of pre-season friendlies for the forthcoming season:

    Tue July 14th - Maidenhead (h)
    Sat July 18th - Thamesmead (a)
    Sat July 18th - London Colney (a)
    Tue July 21st - Windsor & Eton (a)
    Sat July 25th - Slough (h)
    Tue July 28th - Hemel Hempstead (h)
    Sat August 1st - Ware (a)
    Sat August 8th - League season starts

  • New Era as Simon Comes to the Lane

    Chairman's Report by Aron Sharpe

    The 2015/16 season will be the start for our new Director of Football Simon Lane as well as Wingate and Finchley.
    Throughout the close season, as and when appropriate, I shall update you on confirmed news. It is with pleasure that I start my reports on the appointment of Simon. I have been in contact on and off with Simon since the beginning of my Chairmanship. Recommended to me in 2008, circumstance stopped us working together before. However we have a very worthy successor to Dave Norman.
    Simon is a UEFA-A license coach and also holds the UEFA academy license. His career has seen him manage Windsor FC and coach the highly successful Maidenhead FC alongside Johnson Hyppolyte.
    I am really excited to see Simon come in to not only manage First team football but to implement and refine our already successful youth policy. His knowledge of players at this level as well as higher and lower levels compliments our policy of recruiting raw talent and trying to add to it. He is a highly technical coach and adds even more to the existing First team coaching staff; Daniel Nielsen and Gavin King.
    The squad will not only be developed but also spoilt by the coaching sessions they will receive. His interest in every person at the club compliments the Wingate ethos and I am sure everyone will benefit and enjoy Simon being here.
    Our intention is to add quality and progression to each and every footballer at Wingate and Finchley. To continue to play entertaining and watchable football but also to try to emulate and further the club's development.
    Simon has spent a lot of his personal time introducing himself to all and discussing next season and has already created a good rapport with the squad. Each and everyone has expressed their excitement and approval of the new Gaffer. So much so, that we will retain the majority of our squad. Simon has already further added two high quality technical footballers and we are in conversations with one or two other top class signings to strengthen the squad, as we embark on attempting to improve on last season's success.

    Youth Structure
    With the new look management set up, I am also pleased to announce that Jake Heracleous shall come in to run the Under 18 side. Jake has been at Arsenal and Brentford academies and holds the UEFA -B license and is studying his UEFA-A .
    Andy Kouroushi steps up from the U15 side to Head of Youth Development.
    We shall also duel register all of our young players to play for Hadley Wood and Wingate FC, who will be in the Herts Senior league to give a taste of men's football.
    I shall keep you all updated on news as and when appropriate.
    In the meantime have a good summer.

  • Lane Revolution Gathers Pace

    New Director of Football, Simon Lane has announced two new signings for the forthcoming season. Two young midfielders, both from Arlesey Town have agreed to join the club this week.

    Martel Powell is a former Arsenal trainee that worked with the new Gaffer at Maidenhead United in the Conference South. Also joining is Jevani Brown a former Professional at Peterborough United.

    The new supremo said "Martel is young lad who I worked closely with at Maidenhead and we've always had a great relationship. He is fantastic technician who had superb assist numbers despite being in a struggling side at Arlesey last year". With regards to Brown, Lane said "Jevani is another young technician with bags of ability and he is really keen to develop his game within the right coaching and learning environment"

    He continued "Both guys fit the mould of what we require at this club. Young skilled guys who want to develop at a club and progress. It is well documented that we can't compete financially here but what we do offer is investment in them as players and a great environment for them to flourish. Both guys conducted themselves superbly well during discussions and despite interest from other clubs paying more money, they clearly have come to be part of what I am building here and develop within our own family".

    Of the existing squad, Lane explained "We have some potentially great news regarding the existing squad's "retained list" which I can hopefully share very soon. I have to say that the responses to me from the players, staff and volunteers has been absolutely first class so far."

  • Nielsen Set To Stay

    New Wingate and Finchley Director of Football, Simon Lane, is pleased to confirm that Daniel Nielsen has agreed to assist him as First Team Coach for the forthcoming season.
    The new boss said "I'm delighted that Danny has agreed to stay. I did my research as usual, and during discussions it quickly became apparent that we have similar philosophies and I think we will provide the right coaching culture and learning environment for our players to progress."
    This completes a superb week on a personal level for Nielsen, who was awarded with a Testimonial season at last Sunday's Awards Night for his incredible longevity of loyal service to the Blues.

  • New Director of Football Announcement

    Wingate & Finchley chairman Aron Sharpe is delighted to announce the appointment of the club's new Director of Football for the 2015/2016 season; Simon Lane.
    Simon shall come in immediately and take over the First Team Management as well as the structure of the club's youth development programme. Sharpe said "Simon is a coach that I made contact with many years ago and have watched closely. We have spoken on various occasions but for one reason or another the opportunity has simply not arisen for us to work together. He is a UEFA 'A' qualified coach and also holds the UEFA academy managers license.
    As a club with the emphasis on player development and with Simon's experience and in-depth knowledge of all the players around our level and above, this partnership is very exciting. I am keen for Simon to begin his work with Wingate & Finchley."
    Simon has managed in Malta at Premier League level, Windsor and Eton, scouted for AFC Wimbledon and most recently, spent many years in the Conference South at Maidenhead United as first team coach with Johnson Hippolyte.
    Lane said "This has the potential to be a great period for the football club, in terms of longer term initiatives off the pitch supporting sustainability, and continuing to show improvements on the playing side.
    I have long admired the club and its ethos and as an ambitious manager, now is a good time for me to widen my first team managerial role to additionally cover the wider development opportunities that we can bring for the young players in North London and surrounding areas. I personally can't wait to get started working with the players and the rest of the Wingate and Finchley family."