Bostik Premier: Wingate & Finchley suffer Tooting & Mitcham United defeat, but help Nathan Mavila return to pro game
PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 February 2018
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Keith Rowland allowed Nathan Mavila to join Leyton Orient this week and then signed recently released ex-O’s midfielder Freddy Moncur
Wingate & Finchley didn’t have a lot to celebrate on the pitch this week, but they did off it after helping left-back Nathan Mavila return to the professional set-up again.
The 22-year-old completed a move to National League side Leyton Orient on Monday, signing a contract until the end of the summer.
Mavila, after being released by West Ham United in the summer of 2016, has returned to pro football 18 months later.
He has impressed whilst at Wingate, making 43 outings for Blues in all competitions and scoring on two occasions.
After completing the switch to O’s, Mavila said: “Firstly I want to thank God for this opportunity to sign for Leyton Orient, my parents, family, close friends and my agent.
“It has been a tough journey and last summer I practically had no teams that wanted me, but Wingate & Finchley and the chairman Aron Sharpe gave me the platform to showcase myself.
“And I owe a lot to you, so thank you Wingate. It is time to look forward now and see what the rest of the season has in store for me.”
The Blues started life after Mavila, having announced his pending departure on Friday, with a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Tooting & Mitcham United at the weekend.
Chace O’Neill opened the scoring with 20 minutes gone and doubled the hosts lead 10 minutes into the second half.
Wingate were looking to bounce back on Tuesday at Dorking Wanderers, but the fixture was postponed, thankfully with plenty of notice, due to a waterlogged pitch.
Keith Rowland’s team will aim to get back to winning ways at the weekend when they travel to Folkestone Invicta.
Invicta are enjoying a fine season in the Bostik Premier and currently sit in the top-five – two places above Wingate and a point better off.
The Blues know they will be in for a tough test in Kent, but after beating Leatherhead and Dulwich Hamlet in the last few weeks, they know they are more than capable of winning on Saturday.
Wingate were also boosted on Wednesday by the permanent signing of ex-O’s midfielder Freddy Moncur.
The 21-year-old left the National League club by mutual consent last Friday and has not wasted any time in sorting out his future.
Moncur, who has enjoyed two successful loan spells at the Maurice Rebak Stadium in the past, will hope to make his third debut for the club on Saturday.
His switch to Wingate is not linked with Mavila’s move to Orient though, but the hard-working midfielder will hope to follow in the footsteps of the left-back by impressing with the Blues and, in the process, eventually earn himself a return to the pro game.