It's 'important' to get points on the board early says Wingate boss

Wingate & Finchley in action against Brightlingsea Regent

Wingate & Finchley in action against Brightlingsea Regent - Credit: Martin Addison

Wingate & Finchley manager Marc Weatherstone insists it’s "important" to get points on the board early after a positive start to the Isthmian Premier League season. 

The Blues will welcome local rivals Potters Bar Town to the Maurice Rebak Stadium on Saturday as they look to build on their recent fortunes. 

Although the boss does expect a "difficult" test against Lee O’Leary’s Scholars who sit mid-table along with Wingate. 

“It’s so important to get points on the board early in the season, as you don’t want to be playing catch up in the winter months, as that just puts extra pressure on you as a team,” Weatherstone said. 

“We’re moving along nicely and I expect this squad to keep picking up points as we go. 

“Potters Bar next and another local derby, I’m expecting much the same as most games in this level, a hard working, resilient team.  

Wingate & Finchley in action against Brightlingsea Regent

Wingate & Finchley in action against Brightlingsea Regent - Credit: Martin Addison

“They also have a young manager in charge who I used to play against and some players I used to play with so I’m expecting a difficult game.” 

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They head into the clash following a 3-1 victory over Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday. 

Blues striker Ibrahim Meite netted his sixth of the season for Wingate in the 21st minute to get them off to a strong start.  

It was 2-0 just before the break, Sam Hatton’s sixth of the campaign, and it was game over when Bilal Sayoud made it three eight minutes from time.   

Regent goalkeeper Charlie Turner saw red seven minutes before the end, but the 10 men got one back right at the death, Eren Kinali getting their consolation. 

“I’m really happy, not just with the three points, but the performance as well. We played some real nice football and created a lot of chances which could have seen us score more if I’m honest. The only negative would be we couldn’t see out the clean sheet.” 

Wingate also bolstered their squad prior to that fixture with the addition of midfielder Roman Michael-Percil from rivals Haringey Borough. 

“The signing of Roman was a no brainer, I played with him at my days at Dulwich Hamlet and I know on his day, he is an amazing player.  

“He was signed to add more depth to our squad and add competition to keep performances high.”

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