Wingate determined to improve on and off the pitch this campaign

Wingate & Finchley in pre-season action against Barking

Wingate & Finchley in pre-season action against Barking - Credit: Terry Gilbert

Wingate & Finchley are determined to improve both on and off the pitch in the Isthmian League Premier Division this season. 

The Blues endured mixed fortunes throughout pre-season but are now looking to build stability under newly-appointed manager Marc Weatherstone after two seasons not being completed due to the Covid pandemic. 

They start the campaign at home to Margate on Saturday (August, 14) and the boss is delighted with the squad he has assembled which includes the additions of forward Liam Smyth and Sam Hatton. 

“Our aims for the season is to improve our attendance, to create a playing style we can consistently perform week in, week out and finally to improve on the previous full season's position in the table,” Weatherstone admitted. 

“I am very happy with our squad, we have hungry individuals with a mix of experience and youth that are showing the mentality I want.” 

Wingate & Finchley in action against Barking at Barnes Lane

Wingate & Finchley in action against Barking at Barnes Lane - Credit: Terry Gilbert

The Premier Division has been extremely tight throughout the last two seasons that have failed to be completed. 

Wingate have been near the foot of the league table in both of those campaigns, but the competition is extremely competitive with a number of teams always battling it out at both ends of the standings until the final day.

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“I am expecting very much the same as usual, this is a tough league with many strong teams, but the team that is most consistent will do well,” added Weatherstone 

The boss has backed FA Trophy winners Hornchurch and Worthing to be the favourites to win the title although he expects Lewes to be a dark horse. 

“The front runners going by previous seasons will be the likes of Worthing and Hornchurch but I think Lewes will surprise a few although since Covid a lot of things may have changed so time will tell,” he said.

Wingate were averaging 240 fans last season which was one of the lowest in the division and they're hoping to improve that figure in the 2021/22 season.