Wingate & Finchley are one point off the top as stellar start to the season continues
Wingate & Finchley continued their hugely promising start to the season by securing another four points over the bank holiday weekend, leaving them third in the table and just one point off the top.
The Blues’ winning beginning to the campaign was ended on Saturday as they played out a goalless draw at home against Staines – having had 10 men for the last 30 minutes – but they went on to triumph 3-1 away at Metropolitan Police on Monday.
That gave Wingate five wins from their opening six league fixtures, leaving them just one point behind the top two sides, Grays Athletic and Leiston – who have both played an extra game.
Add the club’s 1-0 victory over Harlow Town in the League Cup last month and the Blues have won six and drawn one of their first seven matches in all competitions, scoring 13 goals in the process.
Saturday’s encounter with Staines, who were relegated from the Conference South last season, was an entertaining one despite the lack of goals.
Both sides had chances before Wingate’s Ahmet Rifat was shown a second yellow card on the hour-mark and, although the game opened up in the final minutes, neither side could grab a winner.
That was the first time this season that Wingate had failed to win, but they remained unbeaten and secured another three points on bank holiday Monday.
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The Blues took the lead after seven minutes at Met Police’s Imber Court with Karl Oliyide crossing for Billy Healey, who teed up Ola Sogbanmu for a half-volleyed opener.
Bobby Smith had to get down to prevent Nikki Ahamed from equalising, but Wingate doubled their lead in the 12th minute as Tommy Tejan-Sie put the ball over the top for Oliyide, who got away from his marker and finished with aplomb.
Twelve minutes from time it was 3-0 as Healey hit the post and substitute Rob Laney followed up. And, although Reece Yorke pulled a goal back for Met Police, it was merely a consolation.
Wingate host Tonbridge Angels on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) before entertaining Needham Market on Tuesday (7.45pm).