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Bostik Premier: Wingate & Finchley keep it clean to get off the mark and give Keith Rowland boost ahead of Margate visit

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 August 2017

Michael Bryan of Harrow Borough and Ahmet Rifat of Wingate & Finchley battle for the ball (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Michael Bryan of Harrow Borough and Ahmet Rifat of Wingate & Finchley battle for the ball (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Haringey Borough look to keep up good form in the Bostik North and get more success over Bowers & Pitsea this weekend

Wingate & Finchley entertain Margate in the Bostik Premier this weekend with a lot more confidence after achieving back-to-back wins recently.

Keith Rowland expressed his frustration after a 3-1 home defeat to Harrow Borough on August 15, but has had a great response from his players.

The Blues sealed a 1-0 win away to Needham Market on Saturday thanks to Rob Laney’s second-half strike and followed it up with a 3-0 victory at home to Haringey Borough in the first round of the Alan Turvey Trophy on Tuesday.

Rowland would have been thrilled with the two clean sheets and forward Laney was full of praise for the back four.

“I thought we put in a really good performance on Saturday and we were definitely the better side,” he told WingateTV.

“We were so much more solid as a team and our shape was a lot better compared to our previous games.

“We were really hard to break down and I don’t think Shane Gore had much to do in goal and we could have snatched a couple more ourselves.

“For me to get a goal and the winner it is happy days, but we defended really well to keep a clean sheet and that is the biggest positive to take.”

After Saturday’s win, Wingate made it two in a row with a strong showing at home to Bostik North rivals Haringey.

Spencer McCall made the breakthrough after 18 minutes and Ben Pattie made it 2-0 in the 55th minute.

Reece Beckles-Richards added a third a minute from time to cap a good day for Wingate ahead of Saturday’s clash with Margate.

Blues will then travel to Staines Town on Monday for another Bostik Premier fixture.

Haringey also face a busy week and will be looking to put their defeat at the Maurice Rebak Stadium behind them.

Tony Loizou’s team earned a brilliant 2-0 win away to Bowers & Pitsea in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Ayrton Coley and Anthony McDonald netted in the second half and Haringey will now host Hitchin Town in the next round of the FA Cup on September 2.

First up for the Coles Park side is a rematch with Bowers, as they visit the Len Salmon Stadium again this weekend before Cheshunt visit on Monday.

Haringey have also been given a bye into the second round of the London Senior Cup.

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