Wingate & Finchley secure first win for 10 games with five-star performance

Wingate & Finchley captain Marc Weatherstone feels the Blues have gained an important boost of confidence after earning their first win in 10 games by beating Burgess Hill Town 5-1 in the Ryman League Premier Division on Saturday.

Midfielder Tommy Tejan-Sie opened the scoring after just eight minutes on Saturday, sending a stunning 25-yard strike into the top corner, and Billy Healey quickly netted a penalty before Alex Addai set up Rob Laney to make it 3-0 at the break.

Healey doubled his tally after putting pressure on the visitors’ centre-backs and winning the ball, and Addai’s attempted cross then flew into the top corner before Town scored a late consolation goal from a set piece, with Will Miles flicking the ball on past Bobby Smith.

It was Wingate’s first victory since December 19 and their first under new manager Keith Rowland, who replaced Simon Lane in early January.

Weatherstone said: “It’s been a very long time coming. In the last couple of games we’ve improved our performances but results haven’t been going our way.

“I’m very disappointed we didn’t get the clean sheet, I was fuming at the end – it was a soft, awful goal to give away. But at the end of the day it’s three points and it’s a confidence boost.

“I think we worked hard and did things right in the right areas. In the last couple of games we’ve been pressing just as well but the results and chances haven’t been going our way. This time we’ve made up for that and put all our chances away, and it was quite a comfortable 5-1 win.”

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Weatherstone was full of praise for midfield playmaker Tejan-Sie, stating: “The boy’s [in a] different gear. [Even] without that goal, everyone raves about him.

“His feet are a joke and he keeps the ball well for us. For me, he might be the best midfielder in the league. I love playing with him – and what a strike!”

Pacy winger Addai has also made an impact, scoring twice since signing for Wingate in January, and Weatherstone said: “I’m pleased for Alex, he’s a tremendous talent.

“He played against me when he was at Grays and he absolutely roasted me, I’m not going to lie, so I’m pleased we’ve got him playing for us now and not against us! He’s a tremendous talent, he’s come in and added to our squad.”

Another new signing, left-back Tommy Cummings, made his debut in Saturday’s victory, having arrived from Thurrock.

The 22-year-old, who was an academy player at Charlton Athletic, can also play in central midfield or on the left flank.

Meanwhile, Martell Powell and Lee Barney – two players who arrived in the summer to play for former manager Lane – have departed.

Wingate were due to visit local rivals Enfield Town for a League Cup clash on Tuesday night but the match was postponed due to the wet weather.