Blues already following attacking philosophy of new boss Shorey

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 October 2018

Wingate & Finchley's Sean Cronin fires home from the penalty spot in a Bostik Premier game against Merstham (pic: Martin Addison)

Wingate & Finchley's Sean Cronin fires home from the penalty spot in a Bostik Premier game against Merstham (pic: Martin Addison)


Wingate & Finchley thrashed Cockfosters 6-1 on Tuesday and will visit Sittingbourne next this weekend

Wingate & Finchley will visit Sittingbourne on Saturday in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy eager to keep up their encouraging form.

The Blues suffered their first loss under new boss Nicky Shorey last weekend, going down 3-0 away to Dorking Wanderers, but bounced back brilliantly on Tuesday night.

Cockfosters made the trip to the Maurice Rebak Stadium in the London Senior Cup and were handed a thrashing by Bostik Premier side Wingate.

Shorey watched his team win 6-1 and it followed his philosophy of wanting to entertain the fans and make football enjoyable to watch.

The 37-year-old recently told talkSPORT2: “My style, I want to play attractive football because it is an entertainment business, but being a defender, I want to shut the back door as well!

“I want the boys to enjoy their football, especially at this level because they have other jobs, so I want them to turn up and enjoy it.”

Wingate so far have pretty much done everything asked of them by the new man in charge and claimed two clean sheets in four games and also scored eight goals too.

The single blip on Shorey’s copybook is the 3-0 defeat at Dorking Wanderers following three second-half goals last weekend – including two in the space of three minutes.

It was a frustrating result, but the Blues bounced back in some style on Tuesday when Brandon McKenna and Marc Charles-Smith caught the eye.

Both scored a double in the 6-1 victory with Luke Ifil and Reece Beckles-Richards also getting on the scoresheet at Summers Lane.

Midweek signing Charlie Cole, formerly of Takeley and Billericay Town, made his debut off the bench on a fine night for the club.

Wingate will now look to build on this when they visit Sittingbourne of the Bostik League South East.

A total of £3,250 is up for grabs to the winner in prize money and both will be after the financial reward for different reasons.

Sittingbourne are ninth in the South East table after 10 games and will certainly be up for the tie.

But given the recent form of Shorey’s Wingate, they will expect to progress.

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