Nico’s sure there’s Muir to come from his new club Wingate & Finchley
Wingate & Finchley have secured four points from two games against play-off rivals in the Ryman League Premier Division this week.
Striker Nico Muir scored a last-minute winner against Billericay Town to seal a 3-2 victory for the Blues on Saturday and Daniel Nielsen’s side followed up that result with a thrilling 3-3 draw away to Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday night.
David Knight’s double against Dulwich took his tally to 11 goals in 12 matches this season, before Ola Sogbanmu scored four minutes from time to secure a point.
Next up for Wingate is another away trip, this time to face Hitchin Town in the FA Cup second qualifying round – and a win would earn the club £7,500.
Muir came off the bench against Dulwich and is hoping to add to his two goals so far this season in the famous cup competition.
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The 21-year-old spent time with Fulham and Arsenal before joining Hendon. A move from the Greens to Northwood saw him catch the eye of Blues boss Nielsen and the youngster is delighted with how things have gone since joining the club in the summer.
He said: “Wingate tried to sign me around Christmas last year but I said I wanted to finish the season at Northwood.
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“I knew the club had good players so I’m not surprised by the start we’ve had to this season.
“There is a great team spirit and the manager has just told us to stay focused and keep working hard.”
Muir, a Manchester United fan, grew up watching Teddy Sheringham and is happy to play as a centre forward or just behind a main striker in the same way the former England international did during his time at Old Trafford: “I’m happy to play any role I’m asked to,” he said.
Wingate currently sit in fourth place in the table - a point behind Dulwich and with a game in hand – having
scored 26 goals this season, making them the fourth highest scorers in the division.
With Knight, their summer signing from Thurrock, leading the way on 11 goals, Rob Laney has chipped in with five and Scott Shulton has found the back of the net on three occasions from midfield.
Muir is confident that the goals will continue to flow.
He said: “The three strikers who were signed in the summer all have something in common – we all love scoring goals. We have started well and I think we can keep it going.”
Away from the pitch, Muir works in a supermarket and has not given up hope of forcing his way back into the professional ranks.
Muir said: “Hopefully I can get back to playing full-time. I’ve only been playing semi-professional football for a few years and for now I’m just enjoying playing for fun.”
Wingate took the lead against Dulwich thanks to a penalty from Knight on 51 minutes but the home side equalised four minutes later through highly-rated midfielder Xavier Vidal, who is being watched a by Football League scouts.
Ibrahim Mansaray gave Hamlet the league just before the hour mark but Knight grabbed his second of the game with 14 minutes remaining.
Vidal struck again on 84 minutes but Wingate showed great caharacter to equalise for the second time in the match thanks to Sogbanmu’s strike four minutes from time.