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Bostik Premier: Wingate & Finchley ready for another clash with Tooting & Mitcham United

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 February 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)

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The Blues bid farewell to Leyton Orient loanee Charley Barker this week, but have brought in James Mulley from Maidenhead United

Wingate & Finchley travel to Tooting & Mitcham United this weekend and they will know exactly what to expect after playing the same team on Tuesday night!

The Blues hosted the Bostik Premier strugglers and could only draw 1-1 after Nathan Mavila put through his own net to cancel out Marc Charles-Smith’s opener.

It means Wingate remain outside of the play-off places, but with two more fixtures to play this week they will hope to break into the top-five.

On the whole it has been a pretty good week for the Maurice Rebak Stadium side after they collected four points from a possible six.

At the weekend the Blues stunned Leatherhead 3-1 with a superb first-half display the catalyst for the victory.

Reece Beckles-Richards opened the scoring in the 17th minute and a Mavila penalty with 34 on the clock made it 2-0 to the Blues.

Wingate weren’t finished there though, with Beckles-Richards making it 3-0 three minutes later.

Jack Midson pulled one back late on for the Tanners, but the hosts secured a fine win, although they couldn’t earn another three points on Tuesday night.

Tooting, who are third from bottom, held the Blues to a 1-1 draw and the two clubs will do battle again on Saturday.

Wingate coach Dean Barker said: “Every game in this league is tough and Tuesday proved that once again. It is another point and we have to keep going.”

Blues will look to return to winning on Saturday away to the south Londoners before they visit 15th-placed Dorking Wanderers on Tuesday night.

This week also saw the loan of Leyton Orient youngster Charley Barker end as the teenager returned to Brisbane Road following a month at the Maurice Rebak Stadium.

He said: “Thanks you to the Wingate & Finchley staff and players for the experience. All the best for the rest of the season, keep pushing for the play-offs.”

Coach Barker added: “Good luck to Charley Barker for the rest of the season. A top bloke and going to be one to look out for in the future.”

Wingate have moved quickly to replace the void left by the youngster by signing James Mulley on loan from Maidenhead United.

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