Bostik Premier: Wingate & Finchley head to the seaside looking for more points

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 January 2018

Wingate & Finchley's Ahmet Rifat looks to tackle a Harlow Town opponent with team-mate Marc Charles-Smith offering support (pic: Martin Addison)

Wingate & Finchley's Ahmet Rifat looks to tackle a Harlow Town opponent with team-mate Marc Charles-Smith offering support (pic: Martin Addison)


After beating Met Police and Dulwich Hamlet over the last seven days, the Blues will hope for more success at Worthing

Wingate & Finchley face a lengthy trip to the seaside this weekend with a Bostik Premier clash at Worthing on the horizon, but they will go there with a big amount of belief.

The Blues have enjoyed a brilliant week on the pitch with two wins secured against play-off rivals to reignite their promotion charge.

Since the start of the year, the Maurice Rebak Stadium club have won four of their five league fixtures to close to within a single point of the top-five.

Last Saturday, a second-half goal from Afolabi Obafemi gave Wingate all three points at home to Met Police following a 1-0 win.

Coach Dean Barker said: “It was a great win which keep us in the mix. I’m pleased for ‘Affy’ to get the winner too after his performance for the under-23s last week.”

The victory boosted the spirits of the Wingate players heading into Tuesday’s clash at leaders Dulwich Hamlets.

A red card to Ibrahim Kargbo just before the break looked to have boosted the Blues cause, but the hosts took a surprise lead on the stroke of half time through Nyren Clunis.

Wingate didn’t let it effect them though, as they continued to push for a way back into the game and once again Obafemi came up trumps 14 minutes from time.

The ex-Leyton Orient forward rounded Preston Edwards in the Dulwich goal before slotting home to make it 1-1 at Champion Hill.

With confidence now high, the Blues pushed for a winner and found it deep into stoppage time when Nathan Mavila crossed into the area and Rickie Hayles sliced past his own goalkeeper to score an own-goal.

It handed the Blues a massive three points and secured them a potentially vital win in front of 742 spectators.

Barker added: “That’s why I’m involved in football! Away from home, on a Tuesday night, against the leaders, and we score a 90th minute winner.

“Brilliant to be involved in a game where there are nearly a thousand supporters watching and well done to Nathan Mavila.”

Wingate’s win will count for little if they are unable to back it up away to struggling Worthing on Saturday.

The Blues then host Lowestoft Town on Tuesday night – another side in the bottom half and still in a relegation battle.

If Wingate can secure two more positive results over the few days, another play-off finish really could be on the cards.

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