An eggs-ellent Easter for Wingate & Finchley after Hendon derby triumph
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Wingate & Finchley picked up four valuable points against Wealdstone and Hendon in the Ryman Premier Division over Easter, with Hector Mackie scoring in both games.
The Blues have found themselves firmly in the relegation fight in 2013, and they recently lost six out of seven league games.
However, the Blues held second-placed Wealdstone to a 1-1 draw at home on Saturday – and they won 2-0 away against their local rivals Hendon on Monday.
The weekend started badly as Richard Jolly gave Wealdstone a 10th-minute lead at Summers Lane.
However, the pressure subsided and Wingate’s Anthony Thomas missed a one-on-one in the 29th minute before sending a 25-yard free-kick narrowly wide – and the Blues levelled on 37 minutes as a weak defensive header fell to Mackie, who fired home.
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Jolly and Lee Chappell missed good chances for Wealdstone and, at the other end, Joe Foley was denied by Rikki Banks.
Substitute Leon Smith – who recently had a loan spell with the Stones – then blazed over from 10 yards in the final minutes as the game ended level.
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Wingate went on to win 2-0 at Hendon two days later, having earned their previous victory over the Greens in the London Senior Cup on March 12.
Blues goalkeeper Bobby Smith made a point-blank save early on, and Wayne O’Sullivan fired over from 15 yards at the other end.
Hendon’s Max McCann shot across goal and W&F’s Thomas tested Berkley Laurencin with an awkward, bouncing 30-yard effort in an even first half.
The second period started the same way, but Wingate took the lead in the 65th minute as Thomas delivered an inch-perfect arcing cross into the path of Mackie, who sent a thundering diving header into the bottom corner.
Mackie then crossed for Smith, whose goal was disallowed because the ball was adjudged to have gone out of play in the build-up – but it did not matter as Thomas set up Smith for another strike, and this time it counted.
Hendon travel to Concord Rangers tonight (Thursday) and then host Lewes on Saturday, while Wingate visit Leiston at the weekend before Tuesday’s London Senior Cup tie at home against Bromley.