Bostik Premier: Keith Rowland’s Wingate & Finchley all set for busy period after derby draw with Hendon

Action from Wingate & Finchley against Hendon in the Bostik Premier (pic: DBeechPhotography)

Action from Wingate & Finchley against Hendon in the Bostik Premier (pic: DBeechPhotography) - Credit: Archant

The Maurice Rebak Stadium club are set to visit Burgess Hill tonight, host Kingstonian on Saturday and travel to Dorking on Tuesday

Wingate & Finchley have a very busy period coming up after the wet weather caused them issues over the Easter weekend.

Keith Rowland’s team are getting ready to play three times over the next five days with the first this evening (Thursday) at Burgess Hill Town.

The Blues were meant to visit Hill on Good Friday, but the wet weather saw the clash postponed and rearranged for tonight.

After travelling to West Sussex later, Wingate will entertain Kingstonian on Saturday before visiting Dorking Wanderers next Tuesday (April 10).

The Maurice Rebak Stadium club will at least go into the busy spell with confidence after a hard-fought 2-2 draw with local rivals Hendon on Easter Monday.

It was the visitors who took the lead with 37 on the clock when Niko Muir fired home from the penalty spot.

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Hendon held onto their lead at half time, but Irnti Rapi, fresh from his goal against Billericay Town, levelled for Wingate with 50 minutes played.

A second goal followed for the hosts just two minutes later as Marc Charles-Smith made it 2-1.

The Greens equalised in the 59th minute though, after they won another penalty and Muir again beat Shane Gore from 12-yards.

Both sides pushed for a winner after, but it ended 2-2 to ensure Wingate extended their unbeaten run against Hendon to four games for this season.

Once again the Blues had a home attendance of over 200 with 204 spectators watching the game and it comes after recent praise from fans’ favourite Rob Laney.

Laney noted last month how more new faces are coming to the Maurice Rebak Stadium with Wingate’s game with Billericay attracting a crowd of 240 despite it being a Monday night.

Laney told WingateTV: “I’ve connected well with the fans during my four years.

“When I’m not playing well they’ll let me know and when I’m playing well they also let me know, so the fans are fantastic at Wingate even though there is not many of them.

“I’m starting to see a lot of new faces which is good news for the club and when we get them all together the fans are fantastic and we have some kids with the drums, so I think there is a good all-round persona at the club and you can see we are going somewhere a bit more and it is fantastic to be a part of it.”