Wingate & Finchley striker Barney targets 25-goal season after scoring five times in a week

Wingate & Finchley striker Lee Barney is targeting a 25-goal haul this season after scoring five times in the space of a week.

The summer signing netted twice in last Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Grays Athletic and then hit another double in Saturday’s 4-3 home win over Farnborough before notching the Blues’ fifth goal in a 5-0 triumph at Fisher in the London Senior Cup on Monday.

Barney, who arrived from Marlow in the close season, now has eight goals for his new club and he will be keen to make his mark again when Wingate visit Farnborough in the return fixture this weekend.

However, he hopes the Blues will not need to score four times to win, having outplayed Boro – who were reduced to 10 men in the second half – and scored four goals but only won by one.

Asked if he has a goal target for the season, Barney said: “I had 20 but the way I’m going hopefully I can push for more, hopefully 25.

“It’s exciting seeing goals go in [in Saturday’s 4-3 win] but frustrating at the same time because we don’t really want to concede goals, we want to keep clean sheets.

“All I want to do is score goals, to be a fox in the box and take it from there. I want to score as many as I can and push us up the table.”

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Having won their last two league games, Wingate are now just two points outside the play-off spots in the Ryman League Premier Division, with three games in hand over the three teams who lie directly above them.

Midfielder Dan Brown said: “It’s definitely one of the best footballing teams I’ve played in. I’ve been fortunate enough to play in some very good teams but in terms of the football they play, the style, the focus on the team’s performance… The preparation is very specific and very good and compliments go to the management team.

“Playing Farnborough again so close [to the last game], revenge will be on their minds. They’ve witnessed how we play and what we can do this week so they might prepare differently.”