W&F 3-0 Billericay
Wingate and Finchley U23s continued their unbeaten start to the Bostik Development North League season with a convincing 3-0 win at home over Billericay Town.
The Blues dominated a goalless first half but the pressure eventually told as Elijah Seymour’s brace and Ben Pattie’s close-range finish put paid to the Town.
After over a month without a match, Wednesday’s victory means the 1-1 draw against Ware in their opening game of the season remains the only time they have dropped points.
Since the start of the campaign the Blues have outscored their opponents by 14 goals to 4 and are now on a three game winning streak.
Ned Clarke almost put the hosts ahead but his acrobatic volley flew just over the crossbar. Pattie’s 19th minute cross hit the post and the striker saw another shot cleared off the goal-line as the first-half ended without any score.
It was Clarke’s turn to hit the post after the restart when his curling effort bounced clear off the upright but Wingate’s dominance eventually told.
A 62nd minute long-range shot from Pattie was parried to the feet of Seymour who was able to tap into an empty net. Pattie’s pair of shots after mazy dribbles by Ellis Routledge and Ben Reynolds proved fruitless, but his curling pass around the defence with 10 minutes left allowed Seymour to double Wingate’s lead from close-range.
Joe Sharpe and Ricardo Price both saw efforts kept out by Billericay keeper Lawrence Whymark, and it took Wingate three bites of the cherry to finally put the third goal past him.
Price’s initial shot was saved before Leong inexplicably hit the crossbar from the rebound – though his blushes were spared as Pattie tucked the resulting loose ball into an empty net deep into injury-time.
The Blues now travel to Tilbury on Saturday as they look to stretch their lead at the top of the Bostik Development North League table even further.
Wingate & Finchley U23s: Sheldrick (GK), Reynolds, Routledge, Alfano, Pearce, Mandeville, Akinola (Price, 82’), Sharpe (C), Pattie, Clarke (Patrick, 79’), Seymour (Leong, 87’)
Unused subs: Rabstein (GK), Esposito