W&F 2-1 Barking
Wingate & Finchley Under-23’s made their intent known early on Wednesday evening against Barking at Summers Lane – and Manager Dean Barker would have been delighted with his side’s mental toughness following a 2-1 win, ensuring all the spoils.
Ben Reynolds crossed low into Ben Pattie on the edge, who forced Paul Garret into early action tipping his stinger over. Eusebio De Silva directed Josh Duah’s low cross towards the near-post, Reuben Rabstein palmed clear prior to Darious Ikuzenne striking wide on the follow through.
Ikuzenne cut inside finding James Dobson, who saw Rabstein push his strike wide on the stretch. Joe Sharpe’s corner was headed out towards Antoine Akinola on the edge, whose returned volley was hooked away acrobatically by Eusebio De Silva. Ned Clarke rolled across for Matteo Esposito to zip past the far-post. Akinola shimmied from right to middle, narrowly firing wide.
Akinola found Clarke far right, whose spectacular dipper evaded the upright. Luke Hammond volleyed Dobson’s inside right free-kick over from six-yards.
The Blues deservedly led reaching 27. Clarke countered spraying into Pattie, who cut inside firing across into the bottom corner from 20-yards. Duah broke the lines, but couldn’t beat Rabstein palming over the bar.
Timi Abiola played inside to Dobson, who curled wide of the right post. Esposito struck low with clout, which Garret gathered on the second-attempt with Pattie following-up.
Ikuzenne aimed for the top left from the edge, which saw Vassili Mandeville make the vital block. Garret turned Pattie’s menacing strike from the inside left away with his feet.
It was double-trouble for the visitors two minutes before the break. Akinola broke through for a one-on-one, calmly slotting past Garret for a composed finish.
Sharpe’s corner came within a whisker of creeping in, which Garret had to palm over. Abiola’s drilled cross was almost turned in by De Silva.
Sharpe latched onto Esposito’s pass, striking low from distance which Garret held onto. The side from Mayesbrook Park responded on 64. De Silva burst through on goal from the inside left, placing across into the far corner.
Joe Patrick picked out Esposito whose dipper evaded the target. Rabstein read and held onto Jack Mason’s swerved strike from 30-yards.
Ellis Routledge’s glorious cross from wide left dropped ahead of Clarke rushing in on goal. De Silva latched onto a loose bounce, burst through on goal only for Conor Ferguson to steer the frontman off target.
By Khalid Karimullah
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Referee: Yashar Yekta
Wingate & Finchley U23’s:
1. Reuben Rabstein, 2. Ben Reynolds, 3. Ellis Routledge, 4. Joe Sharpe (15. Isaac Ebelebe 86’), 5. Conor Ferguson, 6. Vassili Mandeville (c), 7. Antoine Akinola (17. Franco Saviano 75’), 8. Luke Alfano, 9. Ben Pattie (12. Joe Patrick 66’), 10. Ned Clarke, 11. Mateo Esposito
Subs (unused): 14. Hakeem Nuama, 16. Joe Toscani