True Blue: Wingate & Finchley must avoid fifth consecutive defeat against Met Police
PUBLISHED: 11:22 20 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:22 20 October 2014
The Ham&High’s Wingate & Finchley blogger Simon Swingler reflects on the Blues’ current losing run as they prepare to face Metropolitan Police in the Ryman League Premier Division tomorrow.
The last time I penned this blog was in the week running up to our massive FA Cup game against Havant & Waterlooville.
Despite a gargantuan effort from The Blue Gods we unfortunately lost that game 2-0. We put in a valiant performance against our illustrious visitors, however we fell foul of an uncharacteristic error by our goalkeeper Bobby Smith and a breakaway goal.
Apart from those two incidents we more than matched the league leaders of the division above ours and exited the world’s most famous knockout competition with our heads held high.
The following Tuesday saw us in League Cup action at Summers Lane against our north London neighbours Hendon.
We started like a train and were three goals to the good in half an hour courtesy of goals from Ola Sogbanmu, Rob Laney and Nico Muir. We were playing some delightful football and looked more than capable of scoring every time we came forward.
However, we allowed Hendon to pull one back with some sloppy play and then all hell broke loose when Wingate centre-back Kieron Street was dismissed for a professional foul and a penalty awarded to the visitors. The penalty was duly dispatched and from that point on it was one-way traffic.
Ex-Wingate legend Leon Smith equalised halfway through the second half and makeshift centre-back Sogbanmu unfortunately put through his own goal in the dying seconds to knock Wingate out of the Ryman League Cup.
On Saturday it was back to the bread and butter of the league as we travelled to Ryman Premier League new boys Leatherhead.
We entered the game without our leading scorer David Knight or the creative Karl Oliyide, which led to a slightly less potent attacking display.
For the first time this season Wingate actually benefitted from a red card, but by this time we were already 2-0 down and heading towards our fourth consecutive defeat.
Our next game is tomorrow night (Tuesday) at home to the Metropolitan Police. Suddenly we find ourselves spiraling back down the table towards the dreaded relegation battle, and if we don’t want to register a fifth consecutive defeat then we will need to perform well against a decent side who currently sit on the edge of the play-offs.
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