Laney hails defence as Wingate & Finchley maintain winning start to 2015

Rob Laney in action for Wingate & Finchley. Pic: Martin Addison

Rob Laney in action for Wingate & Finchley. Pic: Martin Addison - Credit: Archant

Striker Rob Laney hailed the Blues’ rearguard as they continued their bid to be “the most successful Wingate & Finchley team ever” with a second consecutive 1-0 victory.

Following a 1-0 home win over local rivals Enfield Town on New Year’s Day, W&F repeated the feat and maintained their winning start to 2015 on Saturday.

Laney won the decisive penalty just before half-time, being brought down by Elliott Styles and giving his strike partner David Knight the opportunity to net his 24th goal of the campaign from the spot – a strike which proved to be the only goal of the game on a poor pitch.

The club’s best ever finish in the football pyramid was in 2011, when they came 13th in the Ryman League Premier Division with 59 points – and, with 17 games to go, they currently lie seventh with 44 points.

Laney said: “I am delighted with the win, and also with two clean sheets on the bounce now. The back four were as good as I’ve seen them all season. The team is full of confidence and the dressing room is strong.

“It was crucial to win the penalty on that pitch and I am happy to set up Knighty any day. We still have the play-offs in our sights and this squad is aiming to be the most successful Wingate & Finchley team ever.”