Tuesday 11th July 2017

  • 1

    Wingate & Finchley

    McCall 88(pen)

  • 2

    Potters Bar Town

    unknown 85
    unknown 86(pen)

Pre Season Friendly

Wingate and Finchley fell to a 2-1 defeat against Potters Bar Town on a dismal Tuesday night at their Barnet Lane training ground. Saturday’s win against Welwyn Garden City in glorious summer sunshine appeared a distant memory as torrential rain battered a first half devoid of any real excitement.

As the game began to peter out a flurry of mistakes saw Potters Bar go 2-0 up via a deflection and a penalty, before Spencer McCall pulled one back from the opposite spot for the hosts. There’s plenty of time for Wingate to put this behind them however, as this was just their second of nine scheduled pre-season friendlies. Recent-signing Joe Kizzi saw a skimming header chested and cleared off the line after 20 minutes before Luke Ifil fired a shot from the edge of the box that was too central to trouble the Potters Bar goalkeeper.

A goalmouth scramble had Reece Beckles-Richards and Afolabi Obafemi swinging at a squirming ball to no avail and McCall hit a low shot on the spin that flew agonisingly past the post before the referee called time on the half. Beckles-Richards’ frustration was further compounded when a defender cleared his shot off the line with the goalkeeper well-beaten and Ben Pattie, on a substitute, contrived to drag a shot wide after beating the offside trap and finding himself one-on-one.

Two chances to open the scoring with headers – one for Rob Laney and one for Potters Bar’s striker – went begging before a final, mad, five minutes. With debutante goalkeeper Alvaro Peral wrong-footed, #12’s shot looped up off an outstretched Wingate leg and nestled into the back of the net after 85 minutes. Just a minute later Joe Sharpe’s late challenge saw a penalty awarded, which was duly converted by their #17. And after Rob Laney was clipped inside the Potters Bar box, McCall stepped up to loop his injury-time penalty into the top corner to settle the game at 2-1.

The Blues will now look to get back to winning ways when they travel to Haringey Borough on Saturday.

Report by Andy Gerlis

Lineup

    45

  1. Gore
  2. 45

  3. Parker
  4. Kizzi
  5. 70

  6. Cronin
  7. Ifil
  8. McCall
  9. Sharpe
  10. 45

  11. Tejan-Sie
  12. Agholar
  13. 72

  14. Beckles
  15. 60

  16. Obafemi

Subs

    45

  1. Peral
  2. 70

  3. Reynolds
  4. 45

  5. Pattie
  6. 60

  7. Laney
  8. 45

  9. Vanderhyde
  10. 72

  11. Otudeko

Referee

n/a

Attendance

n/a