Wingate & Finchley start the season as top scorers in Ryman League Premier Division

16:30 13 August 2014

Wingate signing David Knight (right) has scored three goals in two games at the start of the league campaign, having achieved the same feat in the club

Wingate signing David Knight (right) has scored three goals in two games at the start of the league campaign, having achieved the same feat in the club's final friendly matches. Pic: Martin Addison


Wingate & Finchley are the early top scorers in the Ryman League Premier Division after finding the net seven times in their two opening matches of the season.

The Blues kicked off with an unfortunate 4-3 home defeat, but that was followed by a convincing 4-1 win at Hampton and Richmond on Tuesday night.

Daniel Nielsen’s side were left bemoaning lady luck after losing a seven-goal thriller against Leiston on Saturday, hitting the woodwork twice and having two penalty shouts turned down.

Rob Laney opened the scoring with a header after eight minutes but the visitors drew level when Gareth Heath volleyed home. And, although Scott Shulton put W&F ahead again, Joe Francis volleyed into the top corner to make it 2-2.

Leiston then went 3-2 up when Craig Parker arrived late into the box to volley home a rebound from a looping cross that wasn’t cleared – and Heath grabbed his second before David Knight cut the deficit back to one goal in injury time.

Three days later the Blues started brightly at H&R and took the lead on 14 minutes through Ola Sogbanmu after good work down the left wing by Karl Oliyide.

The hosts equalised four minutes later from the penalty spot as the teams went in level at the break.

But Nielsen rallied his troops at half-time and got the response he was looking for through Shulton, who sent a curling effort into the top right corner from 18 yards, leaving keeper Warren Carter helpless.

Blues substitute Leon Fisher created the third goal when his superb angled through ball from the right released Knight, who lobbed the stranded keeper.

And Knight then struck again five minutes from time, slotting home comfortably in a one-on-one after being played in by Laney’s selfless square pass.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 13:10
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Manchester United

What we predicted

Christian Eriksen (centre) scored both of Tottenham's goals against Swansea on Sunday

Christian Eriksen admits he feels like “the old one” in Tottenham’s midfield alongside Eric Dier and Dele Alli, and that it gave him an added sense of responsibility as he scored both of the visitors’ goals in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Swansea.

Yesterday, 07:00
Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and Manchester United's Ashley Young battle for the ball (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Hector Bellerin after the full-back’s excellent performance in the win over Manchester United.

Yesterday, 06:45
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline (John Walton/PA Wire)

Arsene Wenger was pleased to see his Arsenal side put their midweek disappointment behind them with a 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Shop till you drop!

Here’s your chance to treat yourself to a new wardrobe and a whole lot more with this MyOffers competition to win an incredible £2,500 to spend at Primark on whatever you like!

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder