Last Sunday the U15's kicked off an exciting end of season period, winning the Middlesex County Cup! The final score was Cockfosters 0 – Wingate & Finchley 2, and a match report and photos can be found on the Middlesex FA Website following this link.
The Club has two more cup finals coming up this weekend. Both on Saturday at 2pm, the U15's play TFA Totteridge in the AFA Cup at Kew Association. At the same time and place, the U16's face AEK Youth in their AFA final.
Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce our Youth Trials on 1st May ahead of the 2017/18 season. Registration is open to boys from Under 14 to Under 18. Full details are on the attached poster, and to secure a place please contact Julia@wingatefinchley.com
Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce the signing of 21 year old De'Reece Vanderhyde from Staines Town.
De'Reece is comfortable at either centre back or right back, and started at Watford when aged from 11 until 16.
He then did his scholarship at Leyton Orient playing with other current Wingate players including Reeces Beckles and Afaolabi Obafemi, and also played with previous players including Jack Read, Joe Foley, Sean Grace and Jack Metcalfe.
De'Reece went on to play for Welling Utd and Bishops Stortford in the Conference and has also appeared for Hayes and Yeading.
Club chairman Aron Sharpe said "I have been aware of De'Reece from before his academy days from Ryan FC where he played with Affy. I have long thought he would fit the profile of the club. I am surprised that we were able to get him and feel that he is another young player that will show everyone what he is capable of. He can play in multiple positions and will be a valuable add-on to the club and to our young squad."
Ryan Sellers leaves
Wingate & Finchley can confirm that popular left-back Ryan Sellers has left the club for Conference South side Wealdstone. Sellers has made 38 starts this season, the second-highest of all outfield players in the squad.
Chairman Aron Sharpe, who has mentored Sellers for a decade, said "Ryan has been with the club since a young man, either side of spells at Bolton and Wycombe Wanderers, and is part of the fabric of what the club has tried to build with regard to youth development. It is testament and a huge compliment to Wingate & Finchley that Wealdstone have shown interest and signed various young players over the recent seasons. We wish Ryan the best of luck for the remainder of the season and his career."
Youth teams progress to 4 Cup Finals
The Under 15's, who remain undefeated in the league so far, have two finals set for late March in the Middlesex and AFA finals.
The U16's re also through to the AFA Final on the 25th March, and the U18's have the chance to taste success in the Middlesex County Cup versus NPL Youth on 27th April.
The full fixtures are:
U15 - Middlesex County Cup Final
Cockfosters U15 V Wingate & Finchley U15
Date: 19th March 2017
Venue: Ashford Town FC
U15 - AFA Cup Final
TFA Totteridge U15 V Wingate & Finchley U15
Date: 25th March 2017
Venue: Kew Association FC
U16 - AFA Cup Final
Wingate & Finchley U16 V AEK Youth U16 Black
Date: 25th March 2017
Venue: Kew Association FC
U18 - Middlesex County Cup
NPL Youth U18 V Wingate & Finchley U18
Date: 27th April 2017
Venue: North Greenford FC
The club is pleased to announce the signing of Walter Figueira.
Walter is a winger / striker who began his career at Chelsea. He played 22 games (scoring five goals) for the Under 18s and Under 21s before injury curtailed his stay at Stamford Bridge. Having been released, he played one game at Hayes & Yeading in the Conference South before moving to Greece. He joined AO Platania FC who play in the top division in Greece, and made eleven appearances for them last season. Figueira made his professional debut for Platanias as a substitute in the 88th minute in the 1-0 loss to Asteras Tripolis in the Superleague Greece. He later signed for Saturday's opponents Bognor Regis Town.
We welcome Walter to the club.
Two January Awards!
The Club can announce that following an astonishing run of form through January, we have picked up two individual League awards.
Keith Rowland is the Ryman League's first 'Macron and Nicholas Rowe Tailoring' Manager of the Month of 2017, whilst Shane Gore is the Goalkeeper of the Month for the second time.
The Northern Irishman can look forward to being measured up for a new suit by Nicholas Rowe Tailoring, as well as being presented with an inscribed glass trophy to record his achievement from Macron. The side went on a 12-match unbeaten streak which launched the team from the lower half of mid-table to become one of the favourites to clinch the final play-off spot.
Shot-stopper Gore conceded only 5 goals in a busy schedule of 8 league games, and picks up his second pair of prize gloves, having already won the award earlier this season in September.
Launch of Disabled Fans Forum
Wingate & Finchley are delighted to announce that we have partnered with the Football Supporters' Federation through 'Fans for Diversity' and Swaggarlicious Ltd, of which company director, Manisha Tailor was recently awarded an MBE - to launch the Wingate & Finchley FC Disabled Fans Forum.
The Forum is an initiative that allows football fans from within the local area, who have a disability, in particular mental health, to come together and enjoy the beautiful game in a safe place where they can simply be themselves and support their local football club. It is designed to promote an active, healthy and independent lifestyle for adults suffering from mental illness.
Tailor said "Engaging with those who have mental health is something personal and very important to me. I have seen the impact football can have on giving a sense of belonging to those with mental health. With the help of Fans for Diversity I think the Wingate & Finchley Disabled Fans Forum will change the lives of many and help those with mental health feel included within our society and most importantly, build a love for their local football club".
To find out more, please visit the project homepage by clicking HERE
Harlow Town preview
Wingate & Finchley entertain Harlow Town in their first home game of 2017. Harlow won the reverse fixture 3-0 back in August. But a lot has changed since then and Wingate will want to enact their revenge at the Maurice Rebak Stadium.
Wingate have not won in the league for nearly two months. You have to go back to the 19th November for the last time they picked up all three points. The Blues will want to change that statistic as quickly as possible.
Three consecutive 1-1 draws have seen Wingate slip to 17th in the Ryman Premier League table. But that does not tell the full story. The Blues showed fighting spirit and character to end the packed festive fixture list with two valuable away points against teams fighting for promotion in Dulwich Hamlet and Havant and Waterlooville. Games in hand against teams around them should see Wingate climb the table soon.
Harlow, meanwhile, currently sit in 11th position, but have played four more matches than their opponents. The Hawks kicked off 2017 with a 2-2 draw at home to strugglers Canvey Island, letting a two goal half-time lead slip.
Wingate should aim to keep Town top scorer Alex Read quiet if they are to get a positive result in this encounter. The striker has an impressive 16 goals to his name in 32 appearances so far this season. Fellow forward Joe Benjamin caused Wingate’s defence all sorts of problems when the teams last met.
The away side also have top flight experience in their ranks. Former Reading and Stoke City centre-back Ibrahima Sonko has become a key figure for the Hawks, picking up the Man of the Match award on four occasions.
Wingate will be hoping that new signing Afolabi Obafemi, and the returning Spencer McCall, can make an impact on their home debuts.
By Sam Jones
New Signing: Spencer McCall Returns
We are pleased to confirm the return to the club of Spencer McCall.
The midfielder started at the club as a fourteen year old player, and was part of the highly successful youth development of the club. He played under our chairman at youth level and in the same team as Ryan Sellers and Joe Sharpe prior to earning a scholarship at Stevenage.
He also was in the unusual position of attending Harefield Academy where he represented Watford and was part of the team where Afolabi Obafemi prospered.
Whilst at Stevenage he was loaned back where he made his senior debut for Wingate & Finchley under manager Gary Meakin. He then went on to play in the Conference South for Bishops Stortford before having seasons at Harrow Borough and Hendon.
Spencer is part of the squad development which includes many youngsters, most of which have played together in preceding years either at the club or at academies and we are delighted to welcome him back.
Manisha Tailor Awarded MBE
The Club would like to send its heartiest congratulations to Manisha Tailor on being awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List. Tailor has run her Mental Health football coaching sessions at our stadium for many years, and with this honour has been recognised for her services to football and diversity, having spent more than 15 years coaching across communities. Well done Manisha!
New Signing; Afolabi Obafemi
The Blues can announce a new signing, 22 year old forward Afolabi Obafemi.
Born in Walthamstow, London, Obafemi's first football club as a youngster was Ryan F.C. before being scouted by Watford F.C. where he began his youth academy career before switching to Leyton Orient. He was also a talented sprinter, winning the 100 metres final at the London Youth Games in 2009, in a time of 11.6 seconds.
In his first season in Orient's youth team, Obafemi was top scorer with 18 goals. In 2012 he signed for A.F.C. Sudbury. and later on loan to Conference South club Bishop's Stortford, and scored in his only game in the 1-0 win over Boston United, before being recalled by the Os.
Dagenham & Redbridge announced the free transfer signing of Obafemi in 2013 and he signed a one-year deal with the League Two club.
In September 2014 he joined Hayes & Yeading United, and made his debut as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at Hemel Hempstead Town, but after making only three substitute appearances he moved to Billericay Town the following month and stayed until the end of the season.
Obafemi signed for Conference's Welling United before the start of the 2014-15 season, and made his debut as a substitute in the 1-0 home win over Guiseley on 8 August. He scored his first goal for the club in the 2-1 home defeat by Braintree Town on 29 August.
In December 2015 he joined Bedford Town on loan, and he scored on his debut in the 2-1 defeat at home to AFC Rushden & Diamonds last Boxing Day.
We travel to Wealdstone FC this Saturday for the FA Trophy First Round Proper.
Wealdstone play in the National League South, a tier above Wingate, and needed a replay to dispatch top of the league Maidenhead United in the previous round. They come into this game off the back of consecutive home victories over Maidenhead and East Thurrock United. Wingate, meanwhile, suffered a blip in their form as they lost away at Lowestoft Town.
The Stones have a good record against Wingate, winning the last competitive fixture between the two sides in March 2014 - a 2-0 victory in the Ryman League Premier Division. But they are no strangers to each other as the pair last met in a friendly before the start of this season.
Elliot Benyon is the home side’s player to watch. The prolific striker has netted 16 times so far this campaign. Wingate have their own man in form. Reece Beckles-Richards has notched up an impressive 10 goals in his last 11 games and will be looking to get back on the scoresheet at The Vale this weekend.
Wingate are one of six Ryman Premier League sides to qualify for the First Round. The Blues have already played three games in this season's competition. A replay was required to beat league rivals Grays Athletic in the First Qualifying Round, before defeating Ware FC in the following stage. Up next was Slough Town, where Wingate came out on top again, this time winning 4-2. For the fourth consecutive FA Trophy game, Wingate have been drawn away from home.
This is only the second time that Wingate and Finchley have reach this stage of the competition. The Blues went out to Farnborough Town in the First Round back in 2008. Everyone at the club is hoping they can make history and go one better this weekend.
By Sam Jones
Lowestoft Town preview
Wingate and Finchley visit Lowestoft on Saturday as both sides look to climb in to the top half of the table.
Lowestoft currently occupy 12th spot in the Ryman Premier League, two places and one point above the visitors.
But, after Tuesday’s game against Harrow was postponed, the Blues now have four games in hand on the Trawler Boys and the sides may not be as evenly matched as they appear on paper.
Lowestoft and Wingate have enjoyed differing fortunes this November.
Saturday’s home side started the month with a draw before losing twice on the bounce, including a 3-0 loss at home to Canvey Island.
This was followed up by victories against relegation candidates Burgess Hill and Grays Athletic before Ady Gallagher’s men were brought crashing back to earth by yet another 3-0 Canvey Island victory.
Constrastingly, Wingate’s only loss in six November games came away to table-topping Bognor Regis.
The Blues have hit a real purple patch of form in recent weeks, scoring 13 and conceding five in the four games since that defeat, including a memorable 4-2 victory at Slough Town to reach the first round of the FA Trophy.
One man they have to thank for that is striker Reece Beckles-Richards – the Antiguan international is responsible for 8 of those 13 goals and scored Wingate’s only reply of that 3-1 loss to Bognor.
Those goals alone would make him Lowestoft’s second top scorer, beaten only by Jake Reed’s nine.
Reed has found the back of the net three times in November, but his last goal before this month came on the 1st October.
And Lowestoft’s third top goalscorer, Joe Marsden, bought himself out of his contract before joining Leiston this week as Crown Meadow saw a change in personnel.
Three Norwich youth players were drafted into the Trawler Boys’ squad while former Peterborough striker, Danny Crow, saw his contract terminated for gross misconduct.
Wingate seem to be enjoying themselves every time they step on to a football pitch.
But for Lowestoft, having to face a side on such a hot streak could probably not have come at a worse time.
By Andy Gerlis
Harrow Borough preview
Wingate & Finchley are back at home on Tuesday night as they play host to Harrow Borough in the Ryman Premier League. The two sides had contrasting outings on Saturday, with both games ending 4-2. Harrow were beaten at National League, Ebbsfleet United whilst Wingate won at Slough Town.
The teams have already played each other twice this season, with both games ending in a Wingate win. The first was a 4-4 Ryman League Cup draw, which Wingate won 8-7 on penalties; whilst a Billy Healey screamer separated the sides a week later in the League.
Wingate’s danger man at the moment is Reece Beckles-Richards; who has nine goals in his last nine games, including seven in his last four. Whilst at the back – an almost constant back six has meant Wingate are becoming more and more solid as games go on. Wingate sit fourth in the Ryman Premier League form guide – winning four and losing two of their last six games, scoring 13 goals in the process.
Meanwhile, Harrow Borough’s form has left a lot to be desired. With only two wins in their last six league games, they sit second from bottom in the league and have lost their last four games in all competitions. Ibrahim Meite leads Boro’s goal scorers chart, with 13 goals whilst Marc-Charles Smith has seven. Wingate will know the danger the two front men pose having experienced them twice already. But stopping them could be a tougher ask.
However, Keith Rowland’s side will know that there are no easy games in this division – and will be looking to avoid complacency after Saturday’s magnificent victory at Arbour Park.
By Nikhil Saglani
Slough Town preview
Wingate & Finchley travel to Slough Town for a third round qualifier in the FA Trophy, with the motivation of a first round proper berth for the winner at Arbour Park.
Keith Rowland’s outfit come into the game off the back of an impressive 4-1 win away at Canvey Island last weekend, with in-form striker Reece Beckles-Richards finding his shooting boots once again with a hat-trick.
The Blues saw off Grays Athletic in a first round qualifier replay by 2-0 after the first tie ended one apiece, followed by Ware, another 2-0 respectively, and will be looking for their impressive away form to carry them over the line. From 13 away games in all competitions, seven of those have seen the Summers Lane supporters leave as happy travellers.
The Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division hosts are flying high themselves in their league sitting in third place, having played one game less than front-runners Leamington, who are just four points ahead. From 16 home games, both in league and knock-out competitions, 12 wins have been accumulated by Neil Baker’s side with only two defeats tasted. The Rebels have progressed through to this stage by seeing off Bognor Regis Town 4-1, and in a second round qualifier replay at Arbour Park, Merthyr Town by 2-0, after coming back from 2-0 down in Wales.
They certainly carry a threat with former Wingate striker Lee Barney in their ranks, who has notched up six goals in 12 appearances. Although it’s left-sided midfielder James Dobson who’s carried their main threat having scored an impressive 13 goals in 27 appearances. Likewise, as aforementioned, Beckles-Richards has scored seven goals over four consecutive games, and will be hot on his toes to make more headlines.
With both teams high in confidence, Saturday could be witness to a tasty affair with a golden prize at stake.
By Khalid Karimullah
Two centre backs have made outgoing moves; firstly John Mbamarah has left the club by mutual consent and is set to join Canvey Island.
Meanwhile Tommy Smith has gone on loan to Harpenden Town.
Some recent additions to the squad are Jordan Gibbons, Ben Pattie and Max Kyte who have all already made their debuts.
Gibbons is a product of Queens Park Rangers youth academy he was given a professional contract in 2011. In 2013, Scottish Premier League team Inverness Caledonian Thistle signed him on loan until the end of the season. Following his release from QPR, Gibbons signed for League Two side Yeovil Town but was released at the end of the 2015–16 season. Having been released by Yeovil, Gibbons called time on his professional football career having struggled with injury.
Pattie is 20 and started his senior football at Hemel Hempstead when he was snapped up by QPR and given a professional contract, he then signed for Woking where he appeared with our very own Reece Beckles. Ben started the season at Folkestone Invicta however being a local lad the travelling was too much and we signed him at the beginning of November.
Max Kyte, 24, is a huge presence at 6"4 as well as having pace to burn. Max joins us on loan from London Lions.
Canvey Island preview
Wingate & Finchley face an away trip for the second weekend in a row as they travel to Canvey Island FC in the Ryman Premier League. After last weekend’s 2-0 win at Ware in the FA Trophy – and will travel to Slough on 26th November for the third qualifying round game, a win would send the Blues into the first round proper for the first ever time.
However, taking things one game at a time, Saturday’s trip to Canvey Island will present a tough challenge – as the Gulls defeated Wingate twice last season, with The Blues being beaten 2-1 in both games. However, Canvey’s winning goal at Summers Lane will long go down in the memory because the ball seemed to have found the back of the net via Martin Tuohy’s hand – with appeals falling on deaf ears and leading to much disappointment in the Wingate camp.
This season, Danny Heale’s side sit in 20th position after 15 games, winning four, drawing four and losing seven times since the start of the campaign. However, the Gulls still pose a sizable goal threat in George Sykes, Tony Stokes and the aforementioned Tuohy – who have scored 23 goals between them this season. However, the Islanders do sit second from bottom in the form guide, winning one and drawing one of their last six games – conceding a league-high 21 goals in that time whilst only scoring seven.
Comparatively, Wingate sit in 10th position in the form guide - and 13th in the overall table - with three wins and three losses in their last six – scoring nine and also conceding nine. In front of goal, Reece Beckles-Richards (8), Billy Healey (5) and Steve Wales (5) lead the way in terms of goals but it is their defence that has gained many plaudits in recent weeks. Since the signing of Claudiu Vilcu at centre back, a back six of Shane Gore in goal, Ola Williams, Vilcu, Sean Cronin, Ryan Sellers and holding midfielder, Ahmet Rifat have formed an impressive defensive line – and the Blues will be confident of maintaining this record at the Frost Financial Stadium, a ground where they have only lost by one goal in the last two seasons.
By Nikhil Saglani
Wingate & Finchley travel to Ware FC for the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round on Saturday, after defeating Grays Athletic in a first round replay. The Blues go into the game off the back of a morale boosting 3-2 league victory over Merstham in midweek. That result is sure to give Wingate confidence and showed the side's bouncebackability following on from their disappointing away defeat at Bognor Regis Town.
Wingate have progressed beyond this round of the competition on just one occasion. The Blues beat Sutton United in 2008, before going out to Farnborough Town in the First Round Proper. Ware beat fellow Ryman League North Division outfit VCD Athletic in the previous round, to get to this stage for the first time since 2007. The Hertfordshire based club play their home games at Wodson Park and currently sit 16th in their 24-team league.
Ware came out on top in the last competitive fixture between the two sides, with a 2-0 victory in the Isthmian League Division One North four years ago. Wingate will have to watch out for Ware’s top scorer, Gareth Price, if they are to avoid a repeat of that result. The forward has bagged an impressive 15 goals in 19 games. His strike partner Brian Haule also has 13 goals to his name so far this season. Ware also feature former-Blue Murat Karagul.
There are some injury concerns for Wingate, who have midfielder Tommy Tejan-Sie and ex-Ware striker Billy Healey in a race to be fit for the game. Both are doubtful after knocks picked up last weekend ruled them out of Tuesday's win. However, Ben Pattie was a more than adequate replacement, scoring his first goal in a Wingate shirt and will be in contention for a starting place once again. Reece Beckles-Richards is also in fine form. His midweek double took his goal tally to seven for the season, making the winger Wingate’s top scorer.
Given that they play a tier above Saturday’s opponents, the away side go into the game as favourites. But this is a cup tie and Ware will be looking to cause an upset. There is still a long way to go before Wingate can start dreaming of a trip to Wembley.
By Sam Jones
Wingate & Finchley host Merstham at the Maurice Rebak Stadium in what should be an end-to-end contest. The Blues will be eager to bounce back from their weekend defeat at the hands of Bognor Regis Town, and likewise The Moatsiders will themselves be eager to get back to winning ways following a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Oxford United in the first round of the FA Cup.
Keith Rowland’s outfit should be boosted by winning their last three home games in all competitions. However wins against Tower Hamlets, Tonbridge Angels and Grays Athletic have come in between defeats to Billericay Town, and as aforementioned, The Rocks – so they will be looking to get some consistency going. In 15th place and games in hand over other teams, the eagerness to pick up a fourth straight home victory will be prevalent around the ground on Tuesday evening. With six wins from 14, the Blues’ fans have seen their side score 18, but ship 22 at the other end – and will be hopeful of their side shoring up and breaking into the top half of the table.
The visitors sit in 19th place with 17 points on the board, having played just one game less than the team from Summers Lane. Hayden Bird will be hoping that’ll serve as even more motivation for his team, knowing that a win will draw them level on points with the hosts. They’ll also want rid of an unwanted record which has seen them lose and draw more than they’ve won, having tasted victory in the league only four times from 14 games. They carry threat in front of goal nevertheless scoring 27 times, but find it difficult to not concede having picked the ball out of their own net on 21 occasions.
There’ll be a familiar face in the oppositions ranks, ex-Blue Alex Addai, whose pace could create an interesting match-up with Ryan Sellers, who himself will look to give Wingate an attacking option down the left. The ex-Wycombe full-back has been in impressive form as of late and will be hoping he can carry on producing the goods to help his side come away with the three points.
The last time they met at the then named Harry Abrahams Stadium, Merstham took away all three points in a 3-1 reverse, however it was Wingate who took the points at Moatside in a 2-0 win. With little to separate between both, it will be intriguing to see how the game plays out, as they bid to take all the spoils.
By Khalid Karimullah
Grays Athletic preview
Wingate and Finchley travel to Aveley for a rare Sunday kick off in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy against a struggling Grays Athletic side.
The Gravelmen currently sit one point off the bottom of the Ryman Premier League and some four points away from safety.
Athletic, who finished last season in a respectable 15th place, have mustered up just two league wins from 16 attempts this time around.
The last, a 3-1 win over Harlow Town at the start of October, proved to be a false dawn, conceding eight and scoring one apiece in their following three matches.
And one has to go back to August 27th for Athletic’s only other victory in the league – a 1-0 win over newly promoted Worthing FC.
But manager Jamie Stuart has overseen a change in personnel at Mill Field this week.
Ivorian Goalkeeper Amadou Tangara and Ipswich Town Reserve’s Kolade Salaudeen were drafted in ahead of Grays’ game on Wednesday, while assistant manager Keith Levett left the club by mutual consent.
And it’s possible these tinkers to the squad gave Grays just the impetus they needed – table-topping promotion favourites Leiston were held to a 1-1 draw.
By contrast, Wingate’s season finally seems to be in full flight.
A slow August has been forgotten with a September and October run that has seen Keith Rowland’s men lose just three games in 12 matches across all competitions.
Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Billericay Town was the only dampener of a month in which Wingate have dominated the majority of games they have appeared in, with such scorelines as 8-1 and 4-0 being recorded.
Sunday’s sides met three times last season – twice in the Ryman Premier League and once in the Ryman League Cup – and Wingate went unbeaten throughout; though 5-4, 3-2 and 0-0 were not the most convincing of scorelines.
And that goalless draw was marred by an ugly incident at the end of the game in which a headbutt was allegedly thrown before each side saw a player dismissed.
The sides are yet to meet in the league this season and will not do so until next year, so Sunday’s game will be a chance to feel each other out.
Smart money would be put on a buoyant Wingate side, especially as Grays seem to be gasping for air.
But in a fiery cup competition between two sides who are no strangers to each other, it’s quite apparent that trying to call a winner wouldn’t be smart at all.
By Andy Gerlis
Billericay Town preview
Wingate & Finchley travel to Billericay Town on Tuesday night, off the back of a superb 4-0 thrashing of Tonbridge Angels at Summers Lane. The Blues travel to Billericay having lost only one league game in their last seven, sitting fourth in the form table of the Ryman Premier League.
However, hosts Billericay Town sit in second place of the same table, winning four and drawing two of their last six games – scoring twelve goals. They sit 12th in the League table itself – with 18 points from 12 games whilst Wingate are on 20 points from 13 games, in 9th place.
The hosts’, nicknamed ‘Ricay’, threats lie across the pitch with three players sharing the mantle of top goal scorer – all on four goals; Goldy Capela, Greg Cundle and Quentin Monville. A man Wingate know well, Conor Hubble, is currently on three goals whilst Ricky Sappleton is on two. For Wingate, Reece Beckles-Richard, Billy Healey and Steve Wales all have four goals to their name whilst Sean Cronin is on three.
Despite a leaky start to the season, Keith Rowland’s side have a newfound resilience to boast – conceding four goals in their last seven games, scoring 17 goals in the same time period. With the signing of Claudiu Vilcu, a back four of Ola Williams, Cronin, Vilcu and Ryan Sellers protecting September’s goalkeeper of the month, Shane Gore has proved difficult to beat in recent weeks. So far this season, Billericay have kept four clean sheets to Wingate’s five.
The sides met on the second day of this season, where the Ricay ran out 2-1 winners in a game that was marred by a broken leg for Wingate left back, Tommy Cummings after a horrific challenge. Wingate will be hoping to enact revenge for the result at Summers Lane.
Both games last season ended in wins for the Ricay, a 1-0 win at Summers Lane and a 4-0 thrashing on the final day of the season at New Lodge. With both teams in fantastic form and with very similar goal differences, Tuesday night’s affair will prove to be a much tighter contest than April’s humiliation.
By Nikhil Saglani
Tonbridge Angels preview
After back-to-back wins, Wingate & Finchley should be full of confidence going into Saturday's Ryman Premier League fixture against Tonbridge Angels at the Maurice Rebak Stadium.
A hard fought 1-0 victory over local rivals Enfield Town, courtesy of a Steve Wales winner, was followed up by a convincing 8-1 defeat of Tower Hamlets in the London Senior Cup First Round.
The visitors Tonbridge are flying high in the league, currently sitting in fifth - the final play-off position. And after being put to the sword by Dartford in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round last weekend, they will be fully focused on maintaining their impressive start to the league season.
The Angels are becoming regular opponents for Wingate, with this being the third meeting between the sides in two months. In last season’s home game, the visitors left with all three points. Wingate will also want to avenge the result on the opening day of this campaign, when Tonbridge ran out 3-0 winners. The two sides faced off again in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round, with the same outcome.
The key to reversing their fortunes could be stopping Tonbridge’s dangerman, Nathan Elder, who will be looking to add to his tally of eight goals and five assists. But Wingate goalkeeper Shane Gore has also had a fine start to the season, picking up the Player of the Month Award for September. The shot stopper will be determined to make it two consecutive clean sheets in the league.
Wingate will have to be more clinical than in their last home fixture, against Needham Market, when a series of missed chances opportunities allowed the visitors to snatch all three points. The opposition should be weary of the threat posed by in-form Billy Healey. The forward is Wingate’s top-scorer with four league goals to his name so far this season.
Tonbridge have only lost two games so far this season and there is no doubt that this fixture will prove a tough test for the boys in blue. We look forward to a highly competitive afternoon of football at Summers Lane
By Sam Jones
Tower Hamlets preview
Off the back of taking the bragging rights in what is perceived as the Non league North London Derby against local rivals, Enfield Town, Wingate & Finchley host Tower Hamlets in the opening round of the London Senior Cup.
As aforementioned, that victory should have the Blues high on confidence heading into Tuesday evening’s game at the Maurice Rebak Stadium. Results have been somewhat turbulent so far this campaign both at home and on the road, and Keith Rowland will be eager for his players to put together a run of positive results.
This stage of the competition last season saw Wingate put Fisher to the sword with a 5-0 display, following suit with a 3-2 win over Cockfosters before falling short at the Quarter-Final stage. That defeat came in a 2-3 reversal against Redbridge, who at the time were rooted to the bottom of their division, so the Summers Lane outfit will be well aware that upsets are very capable. Albeit, it’s hard to read too much into that result considering only five of that squad who featured remain at the club.
It’s a different reading for the Essex Senior League opposition, who sit 17th in the ninth tier of English football. They fell at the first hurdle in a 2-5 defeat to Beckenham Town, and won’t want to slip out so early this time round. Oddly enough, the team from Mile End Stadium will be coming into the game off the back of a win against Enfield themselves, a 3-1 win over Enfield 1893 FC, although they’ve just come off a bad run of results.
The defeat of Enfield is to date only their first back-to-back victory, ending a streak of seven straight defeats which saw them fall in the second, and first-qualifying rounds respectively in both the FA Cup and FA Vase.
Whoever Rowland picks in Wingate’s defensive line will need to be quick on their toes if they’re to stop the threat of danger man, Yusuf Ali, whose pace down the wings could cause a real threat. Although he’s not the only threat they carry – top scorer with seven goals, Rowe O’Neal, will be looking to showcase his ability against Ryman League opponents.
Tower Hamlets will be fully aware of Wingate’s many threats, including that of Billy Healey who hit the 30+ bracket last campaign, and the dynamic Tommy Tejan-Sie – a match-winner in his own right. With their Ryman and FA Cup adventures stopped early, the home support will be hoping that’ll serve as motivation for their side wanting to go all the way in this competition.
With both teams hungry to do well – and with the already mentioned limited opportunities available at getting their hands on any type of silverware – they’ll surely do everything they can to progress which should bring about a very entertaining evening.
By Khalid Karimullah
Enfield Town preview
Wingate & Finchley travel to Enfield Town for their fourth London derby of the season so far. After seeing off Hendon at home and Harrow Borough away – twice – the Blues will be confident of keeping their 100% record in derbies going. And there could be further tension between the sides as former Enfield Town centre back, Claudiu Vilcu joined Wingate prior to the game against Needham Market.
Last season’s games against Enfield Town were a case of third time lucky as two league defeats, 0-2 and 1-2, were followed by an outstanding 3-1 away win in the Ryman League Cup quarter final in mid-February. Billy Healey’s first half hat-trick that night surprised the travelling Wingate fans – who had expected a much tougher game from a usually resilient Enfield side. In both league defeats, however, Vilcu found the net for his then-side – including a late winner at Summers Lane.
The sides go into the game separated on goal difference, with 14th placed Enfield eight goals better off than Wingate. Enfield’s last six games have produced a mixed bag of results; two wins, three draws and a defeat away at Folkestone. The visitors have three wins, one draw and two defeats to their name in the same timeframe. As always, Harry Ottaway poses a big threat to the Blues – and is currently Enfield’s top scorer in the league, with five goals. Wingate’s leading marksman is Healey, currently on four – although he faced a spell on the sidelines in the early stages of the season.
Wingate have been a big threat from set pieces this season and this could arguably be where the game is won on Saturday afternoon. The height of Rob Laney, John Mbamarah, Sean Cronin, Steve Wales, Healey and Vilcu – poses a great threat to any defence – and is an effective plan B to the Blues’ usual stylish football.
As ever, this fiercely contested game will take no prisoners – with the tie being prone to yellow and red cards – and both sides will be extra keen to take home the win as both bragging rights and a league position are at stake.
By Nikhil Saglani
Wingate & Finchley's Shane Gore, VCD Athletic's Niklas Freund and Greenwich Borough's Craig Holloway are September's winners of the Ryman League's Precision Goalkeeping Golden Gloves awards.
The trio were named on Tuesday as the second winners of the monthly ‘safe hands’ honours in the Ryman Premier, Ryman North and Ryman South divisions which are sponsored by Nottingham-based Reydon Sports PLC, the UK's largest sports and leisure wholesale and distribution company.
Through their Precision Goalkeeping brand, the keepers can all look forward to receiving a pair of Precision Goalkeeping gloves provided by ProKit UK, the nominated retailer administering the awards on their behalf.
Blues Keeper Gore, 34, collects the Ryman League's top flight award for conceding twice in three league wins and a draw during September. Signed in July, Gore kicked his career at now-defunct Wimbledon before going on to play for 12 clubs in his career, most recently featuring for Wealdstone last season on a dual registration from Chesham, where he had been since 2010.
To win the Ryman North accolade former Chelmsford City, Witham Town and Harlow Town stopper Freund, the 22-year-old son of former Germany international and Tottenham star Steffen Freund, was beaten on just two occasions in four league wins and a draw for the Vickers.
Former Arsenal, Farnborough Town, Gravesend & Northfleet, Braintree, Chelmsford, Bromley, Thurrock, Welling, Margate and Dartford keeper Holloway took the golden glove award in Ryman South for his record of four goals conceded in six league wins that have helped lift last season's South Counties East League champions to second in the table.
The Club can report that we have been removed from this year's Ryman League Cup along with other clubs.
Four clubs failed to follow a league rule, which details that clubs are required to specifically notify the Ryman league that a loan signing has permission to play in the league cup even if they are already eligible for league games. Freddy Moncur, according to the current rules, therefore should not have played against Harrow Borough - there is no suggestion that he has been ineligible for any other match.
Although we feel the sentence is extremely harsh and the relevant rules appear confusing and conflicting, the club accepts the punishment and looks forward to competing again in 2017/18
Needham Market preview
A 10 day break from football for Wingate and Finchley comes to an end when they welcome Needham Market to Summers Lane on Saturday.
The Blues, whose game on Saturday at Burgess Hill was postponed for the hosts' FA Cup tie against Cadbury Heath, last took to the field against Kingstonian on 27th September.
The Ks took the lead with an early goal, but Freddy Moncur netted a sublime equaliser before Rob Ogleby handed Keith Rowland's men their fifth victory of an impressive September for the club.
Wingate's loss to Tonbridge Angels in the Seconnd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup was the only black mark in a month that saw them overcome local rivals Harrow Borough in the Alan Turvey Trophy while picking up 13 points from four Ryman Premier League games.
And Saturday's visitors Needham Market have also impressed in recent weeks.
The Marketmen - who ended their inaugural Ryman Premier League campaign last season just one point above the relegation zone - currently sit in fifth place, two points above Dulwich Hamlet and with a game in hand over the South London outfit.
Just two losses since the start of the season mean Mark Morsley's men are already over a third of the way to beating their points haul from last season and are showing no signs of slowing down.
Luke Ingram's solitary winner against Met Police on Saturday was the midfielder's second goal of the season, leaving him some way behind top scorers Jack Curtis and Reece Dobson's 5 and 4 goals respectively.
Michael Brothers and Manny Osei have three goals apiece, while five other players have a goal to their name for the Marketmen.
But last season's two match ups between Saturday's sides saw Wingate run out as 9-1 aggregate winners (3-1 away and 6-0 at home), with the Blues finishing nine points and eight places above Needham.
However, early in this season the tables appear to have been turned.
And with both sides coming into this off the back of very successful months, it is unlikely to be as one-sided as it was the last time these two clubs met in Finchley.
By Andy Gerlis
Wingate & Finchley host Kingstonian on Tuesday evening off the back of securing a late, dramatic 1-1 draw with Saturday’s opposition, Lowestoft Town.
As aforementioned, a Sean Cronin header in the 89th minute helped The Blues to a share of the spoils, whereas Kingstonian will themselves be coming into the game on a high following taking all three points against Canvey Island at the Prospects Stadium.
Aaron Lamont followed by a match-winning goal by danger-man Pelayo Pico Gomez saw The K’s overtake Wingate after nine games played each – though both team’s have the same amount of points, sitting with 11. It’s still too early in the season to be concerned about where you currently find yourself in the league table, though both will know the competition is tough and will want to start as they mean to carry on.
You can’t separate either side with both having a turbulent start. Three wins, two draws and four defeats each, with the visitors only sitting above due to their better goal difference of only two goals.
They’ve had somewhat indifferent results away from their Kingsmeadow home ground. From six games in all competitions they’ve won two – their other coming against Staines Town. Subsequently, losing four with their only draw coming in a 4-4 to early front-runners, Leiston.
Keith Rowland will be able to call upon Ahmet Rifat again following his suspension which denied him to play at the weekend, and will bring a huge boost as the North Finchley outfit look to get back to winning ways – as they go on the trail to pick up some home form. From five games, the home faithful have only been able to celebrate one win, taking the bragging rights against Hendon.
Last season Kingstonian took the majority of the victories - a 2-1 loss in the league followed a heartbreaking 2-2 draw, 4-2 penalty shootout defeat in the league cup semi-final when striker, Rob Laney, had to go in goal for large periods of the game. Nevertheless, a double from last season’s top scorer, Billy Healey, helped Wingate secure all three points in a 2-1 win at the then named Harry Abrahams Stadium.
With the likes of Healey and Cronin on form scoring goals, and with nothing to separate the two teams, the fixture has all the makings of a thrilling 90-minutes of football.
By Khalid Karimullah
Lowestoft Town preview
Wingate & Finchley host Lowestoft Town in the Ryman Premier League on Saturday afternoon, with the sides separated by two points at this early stage of the season.
After a difficult opening month to the season, the hosts have been in inspired form in September – winning four and losing one of their five games compared to just one win in August. The Blues have also scored 14 goals in those five outings, conceding eight, and will be looking to add to their goal tally vs. Lowestoft. The return to goal scoring form for Billy Healey will be crucial if Wingate are to secure a top half finish this season – with the striker’s second half thunderbolt sealing the three points at Earlsmead on Tuesday night to beat Harrow Borough.
Contrastingly, Lowestoft come into the game having won just once in their last six – losing thrice. Their last league outing saw the Trawler Boys lose 2-1 away at Staines FC, despite leading 1-0 at half time. Prior to this, in the League Cup, the side from East Suffolk saw an away trip to AFC Sudbury end in heartbreak as Sam Bantick’s double overcame Ady Gallagher’s men. Gallagher will be relying on Chris Henderson and Jake Reed – who have five league goals between them this season – to step up to the mark if they are to overcome Keith Rowland’s men.
This game will, for many years, be best remembered for Ahmet Rifat’s stoppage time winner in 2013 – which kept Wingate in the Ryman Premier League when they were seconds from being relegated back to the Ryman League North. If Saturday’s game can produce a winning goal as late, though probably not as great, the Blues’ fans will more than likely be going home with their side in the top 10 in the league.
By Nikhil Saglani
Harrow Borough preview
Wingate and Finchley travel to Earlsmead for a Ryman Premier League tie against Harrow Borough, the pair’s second meeting in the space of a week.
Last Tuesday’s Alan Turvey Cup tie between the two sides ended in a thrilling 4-4 draw, with the Blues securing their spot in the next round by winning 8-7 on penalties.
Cup success, however, is never guaranteed and Keith Rowland’s men followed up this victory with a 3-0 loss in the second round of the FA Cup to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.
Harrow, on the other hand, were able to turn their cup fortunes around at the weekend by beating Uxbridge 2-1 to reach the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, though they have some way to go before matching their 1984 record of reaching the Second Round Proper.
As the Boro showed last week, their prowess in attack is balanced out by a leaky defence, with five goals scored and eight conceded in the league so far.
Ibrahim Meite and Marc Charles-Smith were the thorns in Wingate’s side last week, picking up a brace each and seemingly creating chances at will. The pair are Harrow’s top scorers, with a combined total of 11 goals across all competitions.
But, for every goal Harrow scored, they conceded with alarming ease. The Blues had great joy down Boro’s flanks and - were it not for a contentious offside call and a should-have-scored-that miss – Billy Healey could well have doubled his two goal tally in that game.
Meanwhile, Rob Laney and Tanasheh Abrahams will be hoping to pick up sensational performances where they left off. The striker-come-winger and defender caused Harrow’s full backs all sorts of problems and the left-sided duo picked up a vital assist each.
Last season’s FA Cup Second Qualifying Round win against Concord Rangers was followed up by a loss to Canvery Island, a sign that the team may have got a little carried away.
But Tuesday’s game showed a different mentality to that of the previous campaign. Keith Rowland’s men fought their way back from a goal down twice and, this time around, they will need to put Saturday’s loss to one side while showing the same spirit that carried them across the line last week.
By Andy Gerlis
Great start to the Youth season.
Last weekend September 11th saw our Under 16s start their campaign with a thumping 6-0 win vs Waltham Abbey. What was very pleasing was the brand of football they were playing. Beautiful little triangles around the pitch and some of the goals were extremely well worked. It was a pleasure to watch. The under 18s were scheduled a game with Ruislip Town in the County Cup, but Ruislip decided they did not want to play the mighty Wingate and Finchley and awarded us the game.
This sunday saw all of our sides in action, with two at our new home ground. The two games at Barnet Lane saw the Under 16s again score another 6 for a 6-1 win vs Barton Rovers, from what I here they continued their great play. The afternoon game saw the Under 17s outplay Ampthill only to lose 2-1.
The under 18s had the pleasure of playing at Clarence Park home of St.Albans, and another great game, trialling 2-0 at half time they came back to win 3-2. Finally the under 15s travelled to Redbridge and continued their fine pre-season form with a 4-0 away win and also another 3 points on the road.
The four youth sides are playing some attractive football, and its really nice to see.
FA Youth Cup
Whilst the first team went out of the FA Cup on saturday, the Under 18s enter the FA Youth Cup this week. We have been drawn at home to high scoring Buckingham Athletic FC who this season are coring and average of 5 goals per game, so we are in for a tough tie.
We would appreciate your support we are at home this Thursday the 22nd September at the Maurice Rebak Stadium, with a 7.45pm ko. We are really looking forward to the game and the boys are determined to have a successful run.
The Training Ground
The training ground in Barnet turned blue last week. Aron, David's and Peter's hard work saw 6 Wingate & Finchley sides training together for the first time.
First team, development, 15s, 16s,17s & 18s all training under the lights. There was a great atmosphere there, and what a great venue they have built.
Wingate & Finchley host Tonbridge Angels at the Maurice Rebak Stadium in the FA Cup second-round qualifiers. Having matched an already two-time club record last year in their third-round qualifying match against Weston-Super-Mare, they’ll be eager to equal, and break, a club record and go one step further this campaign.
The travelling supporters may be feeling confident, considering they watched their side take all three points in the opening league game last month as Tonbridge scored three without response at Longmead. However, The Angles will do well not to take Keith Rowland’s men for granted who have picked up a fine run of results recently.
The latest was in midweek which saw a performance of heart and character. Wingate clawed their way back each time they went a goal behind in the 4-4 draw, 7-8 on penalties victory at Earlsmead against Harrow Borough in the Ryman League Cup.
That goalfest ensured the Blues have now found the net 13-times in their last three outings, one of those against Waltham Abbey during the first-round tie, in which they smashed five past the Ryman League Division One North outfit.v
Steve McKimm’s side however pose a serious threat having been undefeated in ten matches so far this campaign, drawing only two of them. In the previous round, a 7-0 rout of Ascot United followed a 2-2 draw at the Racecourse Ground. It’s billed up to be a thrilling afternoon of FA Cup action, although the North Finchley outfit will take a lot of belief from the fact that Tonbridge haven’t won a game by more than one goal, other than the aforementioned opening day and in their first-qualifying round replay. Their last two outings have seen them win by a solitary 1-0 at AFC Sudbury and Folkestone Invicta, so they do have know-how to win away from home.
Both sides will feel they have the upper-hand come 3pm on Saturday. The visitors boasting the likes of Nathan Elder, Luke Blewden, Damien Scannell and company, who have caused Wingate problems already. Whilst Rowland will be delighted top scorer from last year, Billy Healey, is now back amongst the goals, and can field star midfielder Tommy Tejan-Sie, who’s slowly but surely starting to look sharp again after a minor setback.
Anything can happen in an FA Cup tie, and everyone associated with the Summers Lane side will be eagerly hoping that they’ll be in seventh heaven come the end of Saturday afternoon.
By Khalid Karimullah
Wingate & Finchley travel to fellow London outfit, Harrow Borough in the opening Ryman League Cup fixture of the 2016-17 season. Keith Rowland’s side go into the game off the back of a superb 4-1 away win at Worthing FC and will be full of confidence going to Earlsmead.
The Blues were knocked out in cruel fashion at the semi-final stage of this tournament last season, losing on penalties to Kingstonian FC with Rob Laney – a striker – in goal for the majority of the game due to an injury to Bobby Smith. The Blues beat Harlow Town at this stage of the tournament last year, courtesy of a Marc Weatherstone header. Tuesday’s tie is likely to be much tougher and the spice of a London derby will only add to the tough game in store.
Harrow Borough go into the game two places, and one point, above Wingate – but all form goes out the window in cup games and derbies, meaning the tie is not one to miss! A 3-0 defeat at home to Needham Market on Saturday will provide motivation for Steve Baker’s side to put things right with a win against Wingate, wherein the hosts were out of the game before the half-time whistle had blown.
Wingate welcome back Freddie Moncur, on loan from Leyton Orient, to the squad – and the midfielder impressed on his second debut for the side, scoring twice in Wingate’s win at Worthing. Ironically, Moncur’s only game for Rowland’s side last year was the semi-final game against Kingstonian, wherein he scored and got injured – returning back to Leyton Orient.
Tuesday’s tie promises to be a cracker for numerous reasons and a win would give either side a huge boost going into their respective FA Cup Second Qualifying Round games on Saturday afternoon.
By Nikhil Saglani
Wingate and Finchley will bring their summer to an end with a trip to the beach on Saturday, as the Blues head to the south coast to take on newly-promoted Ryman League Division One South playoff champions Worthing FC.
The Rebels find themselves at the dizzying heights of sixth place in the Ryman Premier Division, just one point outside the playoff places, making the most of their first return to the league since 2007.
Jon Meeney's men also reached the second qualifying round of the F.A. Cup at the weekend, requiring two legs to overcome Carshalton Athletic by an aggregate score of 9-5.
Though a far cry from their 1982 F.A. Cup second round appearance, the Rebels' current success has come as no surprise to fans of the club, with last season's players' and supporters' player of the year Omar Bugiel already notching up 8 goals across all competitions.
The German striker is already over half way to matching his tally of 15 goals from last season and the league's joint-third top goalscorer is showing no signs of slowing down, netting five of Worthing's nine FA Cup goals over the weekend.
However, following their opening three-game winning streak, the Rebels have gone on to draw one and lose two - including a 5-0 demolition at the hands of fellow Seasiders Bognor Regis Town in their last outing.
Wingate and Finchley were on the other side of a 5-0 scoreline at the weekend though, brushing Waltham Abbey aside to stake their own place in the F.A. Cup's second qualifying round.
But league success has not come as easily and Steve Wales' sensational yet solitary goal against Hendon in August remains the Blues' only winning goal this season.
This Saturday's sides met in the Athenian League 50 years ago to the day, when Wingate and Worthing played out a 1-1 draw at Woodside Road.
And with just four points taken from a possible 18 so far this season, Keith Rowland's men will be eager to better that result this time around.
By Andy Gerlis
Youth friendly fixture results
Thurs 25/8 Under 18s Cheshunt Youth FC 1 - 1 Wingate & Finchley OG
Sun 28/8 Under 18s AFC Dunstable 1 - 1 Wingate & Finchley (Goalscorer) Petrit Krasniqi
Tue 30/8 Under 15s Hemel Town 3 - 3 Wingate & Finchley (Goalscorers) Massimo Symeou, Kevonte Willoughby, Rigert Rama
Sun 4/9 Under 18s Buckhurst Hill 3 - 3 Wingate & Finchley - Goalscorers : Nicholas Kouroushi 2, Luca Quattromini
Sun 4/9 Under 15s Wingate & Finchley 1 - 0 Redbridge - Goalscorer : Rigert Rama
Sun 4/9 Under 15s Wingate & Finchely 1 - 0 Stanway Rovers - Goalscorer : Archie Oates
Sun 4/9 Under 15s Wingate & Finchely 5 - 0 Hornchurch - Goalscorers : Kevonte Willoughby 4, Massimo Symeou
Youth sides awards
We are pleased to announce that our Under 16 age group from last season won 3 awards presented to them on Sunday by the Eastern Junior Alliance Football League.
They have Won the League Sportsmanship award - won by over 100 points to the second place Club.
Hospitality Award for the Under 16 London Mums
Linesman of the Year Award - Parent Robert Barry - Voted by League referees
Well done to all. The two under 16 sides from last year now make up our Under 17s and 18s sides this year.
Well done to all!
Waltham Abbey preview
Wingate & Finchley travel to Capershotts to take on Waltham Abbey on Non-League Day, in their quest to progress through to the second-qualifying round of the FA Cup. Having matched an already two-time club record last year in their third-round qualifying match against Weston-Super-Mare, they’ll be eager to break a club record and go one step further this campaign.
The Blues will be heading into Saturday’s game against their Ryman League Division One North opponents in shaky form. With only one win in six, which has seen four defeats come their way, there will be pressure to get the right result. However, everyone is pulling in the same direction and there’s only a matter of time before results start coming.
Keith Rowland’s men can count themselves as unfortunate, having played against three established sides who’ll be challenging for the top spots this season, with injuries, as well as some key players lacking match fitness. It has certainly not been an ideal start for a team who are still trying to gel.
The hosts will be coming into the game in similar form, with only two wins from six, and losing their last two home outings over the bank holiday weekend. A 3-3 draw with Cheshunt followed a 3-1 reverse against Witham Town. It’ll be no surprise if Paul Joynes’ side were to look at this game as their cup final, and they’ll take positives from the last time they met, in the Ryman Cup.
As the game ebbed and flowed, Wingate shot themselves into a 4-1 lead before two late goals from The Abbotts, coming in the space of a minute, saw the clash end 4-3 to the relief of the team from Summers Lane. There’s been a flurry of changes for both however, so it’ll be of little importance to read too much into that result.
Waltham Abbey overcame Bowers & Pitsea over 180 minutes in the preliminary rounds. A 2-2 draw on their home turf forced a replay at the Len Salmon Stadium, in which they won 4-2. With both sides having previously reached the third-round qualifiers, it’s sure to be a cracking afternoon – though one which the away support will be hoping their team’s superiority will shine through
By Khalid Karimullah
The home league match with AFC Sudbury has been moved from Tuesday 18th October to Tuesday 1st November - this is due to their county cup commitments.
In the London Senior Cup, we have been handed a home tie with Tower Hamlets. The date is TBA and the full draw can be found HERE
August Bank Holiday sees Wingate & Finchley welcome Havant & Waterlooville to the Maurice Rebak Stadium for the sixth Ryman Premier League game of the season. The Blues will be looking to get back on track after a 3-0 defeat to Harlow Town on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors, on the other hand, were victorious over the weekend as they beat Lowestoft Town 1-0 courtesy of Jason Prior’s second goal of the campaign. The result moved Havant to 3rd place in the league table, three points behind the league leaders – Leiston FC. In fact, Havant’s only defeat of the season so far came to Leiston, on the opening day of the season, after which Lee Bradbury’s side have picked up four wins. After finishing 20th in the National League South last season, the Hawks will be looking to gain immediate promotion back to the second tier of non-league football.
Conversely, Keith Rowland’s Wingate & Finchley side have had a mixed start to the season – winning once, drawing once and losing thrice in their opening five fixtures. Last Saturday’s win at home to Hendon seemed to have been the start of a good run but the Blues were undone by a typically direct performance by Harlow Town – similar to the opening day defeat to Tonbridge Angels. Currently sat in the relegation zone, Rowland’s men will need to regain form to avoid having to play catch up at the foot of the table later in the season.
The last time these sides met was the third qualifying round of the FA Cup in 2014, where the Hawks ran out 2-0 winners at Summers Lane – in a game that taught Wingate the harsh realities of National League football but a performance that gave then-Daniel Nielsen’s side the confidence to go toe-to-toe with sides whose resources were greater than their own.
The return of Billy Healey to the fold will bring confidence to the Blues – who have only scored four goals in their opening five games, compared to 10 in the opening five games last season. The Blues’ fans will be hoping that Bank Holiday Monday will see last season’s top scorer can cash in on a defence that conceded 75 goals last season – and steer their side to a second win of the season.
By Nikhil Saglani
Harlow Town preview
Wingate and Finchley travel to Harlow Town on Saturday as the Blues look to calm their rollercoaster start to the season.
A 3-0 loss to Tonbridge Angels on the opening day of the campaign was quickly followed up by a 2-1 defeat at home to Billericay Town.
But a turnaround in fortunes saw Keith Rowland's side romp to a 1-0 derby victory against local rivals Hendon before fighting their way back from a goal down to draw 2-2 with league newcomers Sudbury AFC.
And Wingate will once again be matched up against fresh faces on Saturday when they travel to recently-promoted Harlow Town.
A remarkable 12 game winning streak during winter of last season saw Danny Chapman's men shoot up the Ryman Division One North table, finishing third before beating AFC Hornchurch in the playoff final to clinch promotion.
Coincidentally, Wingate and Finchley last met The Hawks in the league as they were on their own way up, beating them 4-2 in the semi final of their famous 2010/11 treble playoff win.
Since then, despite a rocky patch that included a points deduction in 2012, the Hawks have secured a playoff place in their last three consecutive seasons and can boast a formidable attacking force to boot.
Prolific striker Alex Read is already the holder of numerous club goal scoring records and finished 2015/16 as the third top scorer in Division One North.
He's adjusted seamlessly into a higher division and already has two goals to his name this season, including a 90th minute winner in Harlow's opener against Kingstonian.
This result has been the only thing the Hawks have been able to shout about thus far however, with defeats to Harrow, Worthing and Dulwich Hamlet serving as a baptism of fire for the league's new boys.
Wingate and Finchley's own precarious start to the season leaves Saturday's teams sandwiching 18th placed Merstham in the table, separated by just one point.
And with the sides fighting to steady their respective ships early on in the season, both will be keen to avoid being hit by another wave.
By Andy Gerlis
Following Tommy Cummings' awful injury last week, Tommy now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines which will require numerous medical appointments. Being self employed, Tommy needs to focus fully on his recovery, not on the fact that he cannot work for a prolonged period of time.
Wingate & Finchley have set up a JustGiving page, and are appealing to you to donate whatever you can to aid Tommy is his recovery and support him through this tough period:
After a fine performance to beat rivals Hendon, Wingate & Finchley travel to King’s Marsh to face A.F.C Sudbury on Tuesday evening in a bid to secure a second successive victory – and a first on the road since March.
Summer signing Steve Wales scored the goal on Saturday with a top class free kick and will be looking to use his experience to regain the momentum that Keith Rowland’s side lacked in the latter months of 2015-16. Ahmet Rifat, John Mbamarah and Shane Gore all also impressed in the derby and the spine of the side is beginning to look more settled going into the fourth game of the season.
Rowland and the fans will be hoping for more goals now, as the Blues have only scored twice in three games so far in 2016-17, neither goal coming from open play. However, Billy Healey and Tommy Tejan-Sie’s gradual return to full fitness will only aid Wingate – adding goals and creativity respectively.
The hosts, managed by Jamie Godbold, sit fourth in the league after three games – having won both their away games and drawn their solitary home game this season, totalling seven points from a possible nine.
Their five goals have been more evenly spread out, coming from Luke Callander, Sam Clarke, Robert Eagle, Craig Parker and Liam Wales (no relation to Steve!) – and Rowland will be hoping the settled back six of Gore, Ola Williams, Mbamarah, Tommy Smith, Ryan Sellers and Rifat will be able to keep the Suds’ front line quieter than their first three outings.
By Nikhil Saglani
Following Tuesday night’s defeat to Billericay Town at the Maurice Rebak Stadium, in a game which was overshadowed by an injury to Wingate & Finchley’s Tommy Cummings, Keith Rowland’s side will be eager to pick up their first three points of the season at home to rivals Hendon.
As aforementioned, Tommy Smith’s equaliser had given the Blues the momentum before a horror tackle just before the break left everyone’s focus and concern on Wingate’s all-action left-back. A slumbered second-half saw a solitary goal fall the way of a less-concerned visiting team.
When something like that happens in football, the result becomes secondary. However, there’s no doubt that come Saturday, everyone who wears the Wingate badge will be fully focused on getting the three points – for the fans, and Cummings.
Hendon will be coming into the game in similar form, having only picked up one point from their first two fixtures. A 1-1 draw at the Kingsmeadow against Kingstonian followed a crushing 3-0 home defeat to Worthing.
The Greens will have the option of fielding former Blues; Spencer McCall, Nico Muir and Karl Oliyide. Manager Gary McCann overlooked his side taking four points from six last season, a 4-3 home victory came before a 1-1 draw at Summers Lane. However, with only five, and six players respectively, who featured in last years squad’s against the team from Silver Jubilee Park still involved, the Blues’ supporters will be hoping for a completely different outcome.
Billy Healey grabbed himself a goal apiece in both fixtures and will be looking to get his first of the season, whilst fellow strikers Rob Laney and Reece Beckles will be eager to stake a claim for their place, as the North Finchley outfit look to build momentum.
Still in the midst of adversity, Saturday will provide Wingate a great opportunity to look for something positive, and what better way to start than against an old foe.
By Khalid Karimullah
Billericay Town preview
Wingate & Finchley welcome Billericay Town to the Maurice Rebak Stadium for the club’s first official game since the renaming of the stadium.
Keith Rowland's new-look Blues side began the season in the worst possible fashion, suffering a 3-0 defeat to Tonbridge Angels, with all three goals coming in a first-half to forget. The Wingate faithful will hope their side avenge last season's disappointing results against The Ricay, a 4-0 end-of-season hammering at New Lodge followed a 1-0 defeat at the then, Harry Abrahams Stadium.
Manager, Craig Edwards, has overseen an influx of incomings into the club over the summer, who will be looking to improve on last season's 9th placed finish. Billericay will be hoping to return to the National League South having being crowned division winners in 2011-12.
With Ricky Sappleton leading a front-line featuring Joshua Oyinsan, who scored the opener in their 1-1 draw with Merstham at the weekend, they'll bring a potent threat with them. Their pre-season form has seen a somewhat mix-bag of results; five losses, two wins and two draws, including a win against a full-strength League one side Gillingham, and a 2-2 draw to Aveley, a result matched by the hosts.
The North Finchley outfit welcomed back top goalscorer from last season, Billy Healey, at the weekend who'll be eager to replicate his form from last season, in which he passed the 30 goal mark in the league. His experience and know-how in this league will help new striker Reece Beckles to settle in quicker. The Blues' fans and staff alike will be eager to get three points on the board ahead of Saturday's huge derby at home to Hendon.
By Khalid Karimullah
Tonbridge Angels preview
Wingate & Finchley kick off the 2016-17 season with a tricky trip to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday afternoon. Last season's visit to the Longmead Stadium ended in an agonising 4-3 defeat for Keith Rowland's men, whilst Tonbridge were also Wingate's first conquerors of the campaign, beating then Simon Lane's side 1-0. However, much has changed for both sides over the summer and the season opener promises to be a cracker.
Wingate's pre-season was a successful one, with five wins, a draw and a narrow defeat, the latter coming against a strong Wealdstone side. An influx of players arriving at Summers Lane has allowed Rowland to shape his team to his style and a new injection of pace into the side will make it an exciting season for the fans. The additions of Shane Gore, Ola Williams and Steve Wales add experience to the squad whilst Tommy Smith, John Mbamarah, Luke Ifil, Reece Beckles, Tanashe Abrahams and Rob Hastings all add flair and quality to the side.
Conversely, the Angels' pre-season saw two victories, three draws and three losses, albeit many of these games came against stronger opposition. However the squad will be hoping for a repeat of their successful 2015-16 season under Steve McKimm, where they reached the play-off semi final after finishing 4th in the league. They went on to lose 3-0 to East Thurrock United but the season as a whole gave fans much hope and confidence of another promotion push in 2016-17.
Speaking after the final game of pre-season, Wingate midfielder, Tommy Tejan-Sie said this of Tonbridge, "We're expecting a very physical game. They're quite a direct team so they'll get the ball into the box early. We've got to be ready for that, get the knockdowns and just be strong."
By Nikhil Saglani
W&F 2 Aveley 2
On a proud and honourable day for everyone involved with Wingate & Finchley, which saw the Stadium at Summers Lane be renamed to The Maurice Rebak Stadium, the Blues had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Aveley.
In the midst of such a special occasion for the club, Keith Rowland's side were looking in fine form from the offset. Luke Ifil played Ola Williams away down the right who cut a pass back inside for Tommy Tejan-Sie to shoot over, Tanasheh Abrahams then broke down the left finding Steve Wales, who couldn't capitalise with his rolling effort.
Tejan-Sie's one-on-one placed attempt was kept out by Aveley's James Marable after being played through by Reece Beckles. Ahmet Rifat's downward header from Tejan-Sie's subsequent corner was also kept out. The visitors had their first shot on target through Alex Matepierre breaking in on goal from inside right channel, but his strike was kept out by the acrobatic Bobby Smith.
The heavily involved Tejan-Sie's visionary throughball arrived at the feet of Beckles charging in on goal, who found the far corner of the net after 31 minutes. The forward could have had a second before the break but his one-on-one with Marable was kept out.
Immediately after the restart, Beckles, Tejan-Sie and Wales combined on the edge of the area which saw the latter's placed strike kept out. Tommy Cummings ensured Marcus Elliott couldn't get his shot away when he managed to get into a dangerous position.
On the hour mark, Rifat pulled off at the back-post meeting Tejan-Sie's corner with a powerful header back across goal for 2-0. Beckles' shot looking for his second, and Wingate's third, was kept out at the near bottom corner, before Aveley clawed a goal back.
Through a crowded goalmouth, Reece Conway saw his effort find the back of the net after 73 minutes, giving his side momentum. Jordan Peart capitalised just four minutes later with a teasing cross which was met from six-yards by Abs Seymour.
Wingate & Finchley line-up:
1. Bobby Smith
2. Ola Williams
3. Tommy Cummings (Ryan Sellers 59)
4. Ahmet Rifat
5. Tommy Smith
6. Joe Sharpe (John Mbamarah 67)
7. Steve Wales
8. Luke Ifil (Alfie Bartram 59)
9. Reece Beckles (Tarum Dawkins 24)
10. Tommy Tejan-Sie (Karl Stevenson 90)
11. Tanasheh Abrahams (Rob Laney 59)
By Khalid Karimullah
W&F 1 Wealdstone 2
Wingate and Finchley succumbed to their first pre-season defeat with a 2-1 loss at home to Wealdstone FC.
The Vanarama Conference South outfit raced into a two goal lead before half time and Tommy Smith pulled one back for the hosts just after the restart.
But both sides struggled to create further chances on a slick pitch and Wealdstone eventually ended Wingate's 100% preseason record.
The heavy August rain appeared to take the players by surprise and exciting moments were few and far between.
It wasn't until the 17th minute that Wingate goalkeeper Shane Gore was tested, reacting smartly to prevent Elliot Benyon from prodding a loose ball home from close range.
But Ricky Wellard rose highest from the resulting corner to head Wealdstone into a 1-0 lead.
And a rapid counter attack 16 minutes later saw Omar Koroma skim a cross for the sliding foot of Benyon to poke home and double the visitors' advantage.
Smith gave the Blues a lifeline two minutes after the restart when he headed Steve Wales' corner past goalkeeper Jonathan North to make it 2-1.
Benyon nearly restored Wealdstone's two goal lead but could only watch his toe-poke rebound off the post after Ola Williams had cleared his initial shot off the line.
But though Wes Parker and Luke Ifil tested each keeper late on, neither side could beat the harsh weather and Wingate will head into their final preseason friendly against Aveley off the back of a well-fought defeat.
WingateTV interview with Joe Sharpe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR-bBcPDVPE
Wingate and Finchley: Gore (GK), Williams (Stevenson, 74), Cummings, Smith, Tejan-Sie (Mbamarah, 65), Sharpe, Wales, Ifil, Malcolm (Beckles, 27), Laney (Bartram, 65), Abrahams
By Andy Gerlis
Stadium to be re-named
Wingate & Finchley are delighted to announce that the stadium at Summers Lane is being renamed after Wingate FC co-founder Maurice Rebak. The ceremony, taking place on Saturday 6th August 2016 ahead of the home friendly against Aveley, will see the Summers Lane ground officially named as the Maurice Rebak Stadium.
Rebak, who held the position of chairman, secretary and treasurer during the club's history, sadly passed away in February at the age of 95. He, along with his brothers Asher and David and Frank Davis, founded the football club in 1946; the aim was to combat anti-semitism which was still prevalent after WWII, with Jewish integration through sport.
Speaking in an interview in 2010 about the history of the club he said "I was very proud to have helped found the club, which has lasted through all these years and affected the lives of so many people. I consider it a great achievement for four ordinary young people and it could have only been attained with the unstinting help and patience of members of their families and friends."
The away match v Billericay Town has now been arranged for Tuesday 25th October 2016, kick off 7.45pm.
In the Alan Turvey Trophy (League Cup) we are away to Harrow Borough, w/c 12/9/16. Precise date to be agreed.
W&F 2 Maidenhead Utd 0
Keith Rowland's new look side welcomed Vanarama Conference South outfit, Maidenhead United, to the Harry Abrahams Stadium looking to make it four wins from four.
It was the visitors who edged the opening, with Sam Barratt blasting his effort high and wide from the edge of the box. At the other end, Rob Hastings broke away from James Hammond, though his attempt was denied at the near post by the feet of Carl Pentny.
Ola Williams, part of the Blues' triple cup winning side, floated in a near-perfect cross for Ryan Sellers who headed just wide, before the former Wycombe man had the best chance of the half with 39 minutes on the clock. Rob Laney powered his way past Rene Steer finding Sellers at the far post, whose close-range attempt was brilliantly kept out.
After the break, Laney attempted an audacious dipper which drew reaction from the crowd, before the hosts took a deserved lead. Luke Ifil impressed once again, slipping a cutting-pass from inside left for Tarum Dawkins to finish superbly across Pentny after 64 minutes. Just two minutes later, with the momentum fully in Wingate's favour, a second arrived. Sellers drifted inside from out left before hitting a spectacular attempt over Pentry finding the far corner from near 25-yards.
After the controlled performance, Laney spoke to WingateTV. Here's what he had to say on facing Chalfont St Peter at the weekend: "We just go again, we go again every game. An away game at Chalfont, it's not going to be easy but we'll do what Keith tells us to do and hopefully we'll get a nice clean sheet, and a nice win, make it five on the bounce, and take it into the next game against Wealdstone which is going to be another massive game. We'll just keep going and hopefully this pre-season will put us on the front foot for the beginning of the Ryman Prem."
WingateTV video: https://youtu.be/4XeflSm6VRc
Wingate & Finchley line-up:
1. Shane Gore (Bobby Smith 45)
2. Ola Williams (Karl Stevenson 61)
3. Tommy Cummings
4. Sean Cronin
5. Tommy Smith (John Mbamarah 65)
6. Ahmet Rifat
7. Steve Wales
8. Luke Ifil (Joe Sharpe 65)
9. Rob Hastings (Tarum Dawkins 24)
10. Rob Laney
11. Ryan Sellers
Report by Khalid Karimullah
Rushden & Higham 0 W&F 10
Wingate & Finchley made the long trip up to Northampton to face Rushden & Higham FC, and returned to London in style, running out 10-0 winners. Ola Williams, Ryan Sellers and Ahmet Rifat made their first starts in pre-season with half a dozen first team players missing.
The Blues broke the deadlock on 12 minutes as Rob Hastings burst down the right wing and played the ball cross the six yard box for Reece Beckles to tap in. Just over 10 minutes later, it was 2-0 and Beckles turned provider. His burst down the right allowed him to square the ball to Steve Wales, who stabbed home at the second time of asking. On the stroke of half time, Wingate made it 3-0 as Beckles received the ball inside the area of a ricochet and slammed the ball in at the near post underneath the keeper.
The second half saw relentless pressure from the Blues, with new goalkeeper Shane Gore having a handful of touches of the ball. Within 15 minutes of the restart Ahmet Rifat's header in midfield fell to Hastings, who ran in and finished across a depleted Rushden goalkeeper. A minute later Tanashe Abrahams burst down the left, squared to Hastings who finished into the top corner from yards out. And Wingate's persistence continued to pay off as three minutes later, Abrahams stole the ball off a tired defence and finished at the near post for 6-0.
Wingate's fans were forced to wait an arduous three minutes for the next goal, and it arrived in comedic style. Rushden's goalkeeper and centre back collided in the area and the ball floated to the head of Hastings who headed into an empty net. The eighth came five minutes later, in the 72nd minute, as Tarum Dawkins ran across the box and played in Hastings, who beat the offside trap and finished into the bottom corner.
The penultimate goal came on the 80th minute as a poor clearance from a Joe Sharpe corner fell straight to Dawkins, who rifled his effort into the top corner. The win was wrapped up with three minutes to go as Sharpe's cross field ball found Dawkins, who played in Sellers, and the former Wycombe man's cross eventually fell to Abrahams who fired home and completed Rushden's misery.
The performance will prove to be a confidence boost ahead of Monday's home game against Maidenhead United.
Lineup: Gore, Ola Williams, Sellers, Cronin, Mbamarah, Rifat, Wales, Ifil, Beckles, Hastings, Dawkins.
Subs: T Smith, Abrahams, Stevenson, Sharpe.
Report by Nikhil Saglani
Cheshunt 2 W&F 3
Wingate & Finchley made the short trip along the A10 to Cheshunt looking to continue their positive start to pre-season. Despite new summer signings Shane Gore, Sean Cronin and Steve Wales on show, it was Luke Ifil who would make headlines.
Karl Stevenson played Wales away for a one-on-one chance which was denied as Rob Laney followed-up hitting his effort wide. Laney was involved again finding Ifil who broke down the right, before he squared to Alfie Bartram whose attempt also missed the target.
The Blues' pressure paid off in the 25h minute after Billy Healey was fouled inside the area, who then confidently slotted his penalty into the bottom corner. At the other end, Billy Jones forced John Mbamarah into making a good block which saw a corner rewarded, the resulting play saw the bar rattle as the hosts came close to an equaliser. With 36 on the clock, a well-taken free-kick deflected into the path of Cronin who turned back towards his own goal allowing Jones to steal possession and finish across Gore. Just before half-time, Ifil produced a moment of brilliance. With superb vision and technique, he magnificently chipped his attempt from 35-yards which dipped over the line restoring the lead.
Immediately after the restart, Joe Foley made a vital block with his chest to keep the Ryman Premier outfit ahead. As the 69th minute approached, Bartram's cutting pass played Ifil away who calmly rounded the keeper before seeing the ball into an empty net.
Bobby Smith made a customary stunning save to keep out a well-taken free-kick which beat the wall as it began to creep inside the near post. 10 minutes from the end, the Ambers reduced the deficit after Liam Hope guided his touch from a floated-in set-piece away from Smith. Though any hope of drawing level was put to rest as Keith Rowland's side held out for back-to-back victories.
Lineup: Shane Gore (Bobby Smith, 45), Karl Stevenson, Tommy Cummings (Joe Foley, 45) Sean Cronin,John Mbamarah, Alfie Bartram, Luke Ifil, Billy Healey, Rob Laney, Tarum Dawkins, Steve Wales.
Subs: Joe Foley, Bobby Smith, Williams, Rob Hastings, Tommy Smith, Tenashe Abrahams. Report by Khalid Karimullah
By Khalid Karimullah
The club is pleased to announce the signing of Shane Gore. A 34 year old goalkeeper, who has previously won the Conference National, Shane began his career at Wimbledon, making his only appearance against Grimsby Town. In the 2003-04 season Gore was sent on a one-month loan to non-league St Albans City, playing once; a one-month loan to Peterborough United followed then finally to Conference National side Barnet on a season-long loan, where he made a successful 28 league appearances, before signing for Barnet permanently. He also played for Stevenage and Maidenhead and in the summer of 2009, Gore was offered a trial with Conference side Luton Town by manager Mick Harford, who was a coach at Wimbledon at the time Gore was on the fringes of the first-team. He made his debut for Luton in the FA Cup in a 3-3 draw with Rochdale.
In the Summer of 2010, he signed for Chesham United of the Southern Premier League where he amassed 262 appearances. In August 2015, Gore then signed on dual-registration with Conference South side Wealdstone.
W&F 3-2 London Bari
Wingate & Finchley began pre-season in fine fashion, with a comfortable win over London Bari despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise.
The Blues got off to the perfect start as Reece Beckles raced in on goal from a through ball, beat the offside trap and finished at the near post from inside the area after only four minutes. The hosts, London Bari, almost levelled four minutes later but a free-kick was well saved by goalkeeper, Ashley Harris, and the rebound struck the post before being cleared by Bradley Marriot.
The visitors forced Bari to pay, doubling their lead on 12 minutes in fine fashion. Rob Hastings collected the ball on the edge of the box and curled a beauty into the goalkeeper's top right hand corner with the outside of his right foot. On the stroke of half time Bari pulled a goal back, their striker breaking the offside trap himself before slotting calmly past Harris.
The second half was a much less eventful affair. Wingate regained their two goal lead on 47 minutes when Beckles broke the offside trap again and finished well across Bari's goalkeeper to make it 3-1. Keith Rowland's side maintained possession and played some excellent cross field passes in between repeated fouls from the ESL outfit. In the 88th minute, the hosts pulled the lead back to 3-2 but were unable to find an equaliser before full time.
By Nikhil Saglani
The club is pleased to announce the signing of highly experienced player Steve Wales. Wales, 33, is an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, and will add to the fantastic experienced playing staff brought in to compliment our young squad.
His vast experience including clubs such as St. Albans City, Chesham United, Hemel Hempstead Town, Boreham Wood, Cambridge City and AFC Wimbledon. A naturally fit player, Steve was an obvious fit for the club and we are excited to have him at the club.
New football facility in Barnet
Wingate & Finchley are excited to be a partner club in new state of the art football facility about to open in September in Barnet Lane, EN5.
The facility will house 4G full size floodlit astro pitch, grass pitch and pavilion changing rooms.
This will allow our First, Development and Youth Teams to train at the same facility.
Any other clubs or individuals wishing to hire the astro should email email@example.com or call 07977007746, as there are still some slots available
In the FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round we will play away to Grays Athletic, on Saturday 29th October.
In the FA Youth Cup to be played in the week of 19th September we will be at home to Buckingham Athletic or Harefield United.
Hadley Wood & Wingate's Preliminary Round FAYC game is the week of 5th September away to Spelthorne Sports.
Marc Weatherstone News
Wingate & Finchley can announce that club captain Marc Weatherstone is leaving to join Ryman Premier League's Dulwich Hamlet. The fans' favourite has spent nine years at the Blues and has racked up 434 appearances in this time.
Marc and the Chairman met recently and after a long conversation it was felt that the time was right for Marc to face a new challenge.
Chairman Aron Sharpe stated "Marc has been club captain and a great servant to our club. He has been offered a tremendous package that we could not get near. Although this was not the driver for him, we both agreed that the offer was simply too good to turn down, coupled with a new challenge for Marc at this stage of his career. He goes with the club's best wishes; Marc will forever be welcome here and we hope to see him regularly at the club."
The defender said "Wingate & Finchley is in my heart, and as I'm only 17 appearances behind Dan Nielsen I will be back! I've had the best 9 years of my life and I will miss everyone associated with the club. The fans are one of a kind and I appreciate all their support."
Club Seeks Head Of Catering
Wingate & Finchley FC are seeking to recruit a Head of Matchday catering. This will involve preparing all refreshments for Officials in our Boadroom, catering for players after the match, plus running the Club's Tea Bar during a matchday to serve to supporters.
They will need to be available for the vast majority (preferably all) of our First Team home matches (approx 30 games between end of July 2016 - April 2017). Hours will be typically 1pm-5:30pm on Saturdays (home game only) and 6pm-10pm on Tuesdays (home game only).
Rate of pay - negotiable.
There is also the opportunity to prepare sandwiches/refreshments for Reserve and Youth games. There would be no requirement to be present at these fixtures.
Anyone interested should call David on 07977007746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The club would like to announce the following two new signings:
Central Defender Sean Cronin, aged 30.
Sean signed for Wealdstone in August 2010 having previously played for Neath FC in the Welsh Premier League. Sean has also played for Cardiff City and represented Wales at Under 18, Under 19 and semi-pro Under 23 level, he has also played at Hayes and Yeading and Grays Athletic.
John Mbamarah - aged 26
Also a defender, John actually had a short previous spell with us in 2014, and has previously played for Banbury United in the Southern Premier League and Ashton United in the Northern Premier.
We are also pleased to announce that the following players have already committed their future to the club:
Wingate & Finchley FC are Recruiting
We are currently seeking two committed Physios for matchdays for our Ryman Premier League Side and our Development team.
Physios must be available for Saturday matchday and also midweek matches both home and away.
Please can you forward your CV to Andrew Kouroushi via email : email@example.com
Closing date for applications is the 15th June 2016.
We are currently recruiting coaches with minimum Level Two qualifications to help out with our four youth sides on a Sunday, and midweek coaching sessions. This is a voluntary position for coaches looking to further themselves at a Ryman Premier League Club, with further opportunities available to progress through our development teams. Our Youth teams play in the Eastern Junior Alliance.
All applications must be made in writing to Andrew Kouroushi - Head of Youth Development, email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants must be available for coaching on both Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Closing date for applications is the 15th June 2016.
Grow the Game funding for Wingate & Finchley
Sky Sports News presenter, Hayley McQueen, has congratulated Wingate & Finchley Youth FC after they received a £6,000 Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation, the country's largest sports charity.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Finchley has paved the way for Wingate & Finchley FC to create two new Youth Sides, providing football for upto 80 Youth players ranging age 15-18. It will also enable them to create upto 3 new coaching roles per year.
The Grow the Game scheme is designed to increase participation in our national game amongst under-represented groups by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of starting new teams. It is funded by the Premier League and The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation.
Grow the Game goes beyond providing temporary activity sessions, which are more susceptible to drops in participation, but instead creates a solid infrastructure of newly-trained coaches and grassroots teams that play in FA-affiliated leagues for the long term. This means that the participation increases elicited by Grow the Game are sustainable and long-term rather than transient.
Grow the Game grants enable clubs to provide regular football for three specific sections of society where there is a demand but also a lack of opportunities. These sections are: women and girls; disabled players; and boys and mens teams from the Under-15 age group and above. This demographic has been targeted specifically to address the decline in participation in male football that occurs as boys progress through school to the more crucial exam years and eventually leave school and college altogether.
Andrew Kouroushi, Head of Youth Development said: "We are very grateful to the Football Foundation and the Football Association for approving our application. This funding goes a long way to helping us develop young youth team players in our area. It will help pay for facilities, training and courses for our coaches. Thank you to the London FA and their advisory team, for helping us create a strong case for the funding. #TeamWingate"
A Football Foundation Ambassador and one of the UK's best-known female sports journalists, Hayley McQueen, said: "Very well done to Wingate & Finchley Youth FC for working with the Football Foundation and London FA to secure this Grow the Game grant. This investment, which is provided by the Premier League and The FA, has created an opportunity for more people to play football, which will not only keep them fit and healthy but also develop their life-skills.
Grants like this one make a real difference to grassroots football. They help clubs meet the costs associated with starting a new team, like getting volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges, and so help to drive up participation levels in the sport, especially amongst under-represented groups."
For more information contact:
Andrew Kouroushi - Head of Youth Development - Wingate & Finchley FC
Football Foundation at: email@example.com.
We are pleased to confirm our preseason friendly fixture list for Summer 2016:
July 16th - London Bari (away - KO 4.15pm)
July 19th - Cheshunt (away)
July 23rd - Rushden & Higham (away)
July 26th - Maidenhead (home)
July 30th - Chalfont St Peter (away)
Aug 2nd - Wealdstone (home)
Aug 6th - Aveley (home)
First Summer Signing Announced
The Blues can announce that former-player Richard Graham has rejoined the club, this time in the role of Assistant Manager. Graham began his career in the Queens Park Rangers youth system, making two first team appearances in the Football League. He moved into Non-League football, joining Barnet in 2004 helping them return to the Football League, and then moving to Dagenham & Redbridge in June.
On 1st January 2009, Graham joined former club Kettering Town on loan for the remainder of the 2008/09 Conference National season. He later signed for Grays Athletic, Dartford, St Albans City, Chesham Utd and of course Wingate & Finchley, before finishing his career at VCD where he then became player-coach.
We are pleased to have Richie back here where he can progress with his coaching at his local club, which is only a few minutes' walk for him.