True Blue: A Wingate & Finchley fan’s view of the defeat against Dulwich Hamlet
PUBLISHED: 11:03 09 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:03 09 December 2013
Wingate & Finchley blogger Simon Swingler discusses the Blues’ 3-2 loss and the various qualities of Daniel Nielsen’s offensive midfielders.
Since our magnificent recent unbeaten run came to an end, we have proceeded to put together a run of three consecutive defeats, conceding three goals in each game.
Although this is of course a worrying trend from a defensive view point of view, in two of these three matches we have created a plethora of decent chances at the other end, scoring twice against high-flyers Margate and Dulwich Hamlet.
Our offensive midfield players Dean Mason, Hector Morante, Josh Kennett and Spencer McCall have caused untold problems to the back lines of these higher-ranked clubs with their subtle creativity and ability.
Mason, who has been capped at full international level by Montserrat, is a right winger/full-back with pace to burn. Sometimes his final ball can leave a little bit to be desired but his pace alone makes him a handful for any full-back at this level.
Young Spanish winger Morante is in England studying, and he ended up playing for Wingate due to the tenuous link that he worked with the girlfriend of one of our former players.
He possesses the rare ability to glide past opposition defenders with his trickery. Sometimes his desire to get the ball down and play football can be hindered by some of the more substandard surfaces at this level, but the carpet-like pitch at Summers Lane allows Hector to use his talent to its full potential.
Former Tottenham and Millwall trainee Kennett, who also played in the Football League for Oxford United, signed for Wingate following three years playing in the top flight in Israel.
The only complaint I would have anout Josh is that, from a distance, he looks a hell of a lot like Hector, which has been known to cause our fans a few problems.
McCall initially joined us on a work experience loan from League Two outfit Stevenage Borough last season, and he soon became an integral part of our first team, despite his tender age.
I seem to remember one game last season when the bottle of wine he won for his man of the match performance against Kingstonian had to be given to his mum, due to the fact that he was still to young to legally buy alcohol!
We were most perplexed when Stevenage did not offer Spencer a full-time professional contract but were delighted when Danny Nielsen secured his services for this season.
Our last three matches have unfortunately been against three clubs who have promotion aspirations.
Firstly we lost late in the game away at Margate, who are a former Conference National club with what one can only assume is a decent budget by our league’s standards.
We then lost 3-0 away at top of the table team Hornchurch, on a pitch that can only be described as ‘prepared to suit our hosts’ style of football’, before Saturday’s defeat to Dulwich Hamlet.
Dulwich are quite a famous club in non-league circles. Unfortunately they have hit on hard times in recent years, but they are very much on the up and were promoted to our division only last season – and they look very much like they may be passing through on their way to the Conference South this season.
We matched them very well for large periods and, although they were a little bit too much for us in the end, but we did ourselves proud.
We now move onto a couple of games against clubs in an around us. These are the games where we need to pick up points to keep the gap between us and the drop zone at a comfortable distance.
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