U23 Match reports

  • 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

    Attendance: 61

  • 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

    WingateTV with Dean Barker: HERE

    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

  • Ware 1-1 W&F

    Wingate and Finchley suffered a late equaliser against them in their opening Bostik Development North League match away to Ware as they opened the season with a 1-1 draw.
    On a clear Wednesday night in Ware, it was Wingate and Finchley who opened the scoring. After some neat build-up play, Elijah Seymour was brought down inside the box, giving Wingate the chance to take the lead 30 minutes into the match. Antoine Akinola stepped up and duly converted past the Ware keeper to give Wingate the advantage.
    There were few chances in the first half, however Akinola and Matt Esposito’s attempted crosses for Wingate weren’t met with real conviction, nor were Ahmed Mohammed or Rheo Josephs’ for Ware.
    Wingate were ahead at the break, however Ware had showed attacking intent and were very much still in the match. Much like the first half, the second lacked clear cut opportunities. Ware pushed for an equaliser and shots from Warren Kayembe and Josh Oyibo were saved well by ‘keeper Reuben Rabstein, as the pressure built.
    Wingate were handed a golden chance to seal the match as Akinola was set through on goal, however his shot didn’t have the power to beat the ‘keeper.
    The equaliser came for Ware in stoppage time at the end of the match. As they piled men forward in search of a goal, a cross was met by Josh Oyibo who deftly finished into the bottom right corner to break Wingate hearts.
    Both sides will be looking to better Wednesday’s result as Wingate host Barking and Ware entertain Haringey Borough.

    Wingate and Finchley lineup:
    Rabstein, Reynolds, Saviano, Alfano, Ferguson, Mandeville, Akinola, Leong, Clarke, Esposito, Seymour

    Subs:
    Ebelebe, Vural, Toscani, Price, Wright.

    Report by Jamie Grossman