Wingate & Finchley climb to third - and Bartram backs them to go top this month

Wingate & Finchley midfielder Alfie Bartram believes the Blues could go top of the Ryman League Premier Division table this month after they climbed into third place following Saturday’s 3-1 derby triumph over Harrow Borough.

Anthony Page put Borough ahead but Billy Healey levelled before the break, and Bartram and Healey struck within 10 minutes of the restart to secure a home win.

Simon Lane’s side have now been victorious in six of their last eight games in all competitions over the last month, and they are just three points behind league leaders Dulwich Hamlet with a game in hand.

Bartram said: “The gaffer wanted us to have a strong November and we’ve done that so now we’re three points off the top and I think people are looking at us, looking at our results and starting to worry about us.

“It’s buzzing in the dressing room. If we can put ourselves in there I think we can be top by the middle of December – we’ll be there.”

“In the first 20 to 25 minutes we were so slow out of the blocks [on Saturday]. To be fair to Harrow Borough, they came out and they were quick and sharp, but it started to die down and we started playing.

“We were playing a diamond [formation] and so were they, and we started passing it and moving the ball very quickly, and they couldn’t deal with it. Once we got our goal… We didn’t want to come in for half-time, we were flying.”

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Healey’s brace took his tally to 17 goals for the season so far, following his arrival from Hanwell Town in the summer – and four of them have come in the last two games.

“It’s four goals but they’re all within six yards,” said the striker. “It’s players around me that are getting me into the right positions, giving me the right balls.

Wingate travel to face eighth-placed Billericay Town on Saturday and Healey said: “We’re expecting it to be physical, just like every team we’ve played when we go down Essex-way.”

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