Wingate & Finchley and Haringey Borough aim to keep up Bostik play-off charge after important midweek victories

Wingate & Finchley defender Sean Cronin holds off Hendon rival Niko Muir (pic: DBeechPhotography)

Wingate & Finchley defender Sean Cronin holds off Hendon rival Niko Muir (pic: DBeechPhotography) - Credit: Archant

The two north London clubs are both at home this weekend and keen to make it back-to-back wins in their respective divisions

Wingate & Finchley will eye two more home wins over the next week to keep up their assault on the Bostik Premier play-offs.

The Blues host Leatherhead on Saturday before welcoming lowly Tooting & Mitcham United to the Maurice Rebak Stadium next Tuesday (February 6).

Both will provide Wingate with more challenges, but they go into the two contests with confidence at an all-time high after a huge victory this week.

After losing 2-1 at Worthing last weekend, the north Londoners were facing another defeat on Tuesday night with Lowestoft Town leading 3-1 at half time at the Maurice Rebak Stadium.

Reece Beckles-Richards had found the net just before the half an hour mark for the hosts, but goals from Harvey Hodd, Shaun Bammant and Matthew Foy put the Trawler Boys in control.

Wingate had other ideas though and Marc Charles-Smith pulled a goal back in the 65th minute.

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Ahmet Rifat then made the score level with five minutes to go and there was still time for one more goal.

Ben Pattie’s cross-cum-shot found the corner in stoppage time to earn the Blues an important 4-3 victory which moved them up to sixth and just a point outside of the top-five.

Wingate can expect a stern test this weekend when the in-form Tanners visit London and another high-scoring encounter could be on the horizon.

Haringey Borough are also just outside of the play-off places in their division, the Bostik North, after another mixed week for the Coles Park club.

Tom Loizou’s men suffered a disappointing 3-0 loss to Soham Town Rangers on Saturday, which made the long journey back from Cambridge a little bit longer.

Borough bounced back in fine fashion on Monday when Tilbury visited Coles Park as first-half goals from Michael Ademiluyi and Bradley Sach earned a much-needed 2-0 victory.

This weekend Haringey host 21st-placed Brentwood Town keen to make it back-to-back wins, yet the visitors will be desperate for some points too with basement side Cheshunt suddenly picking up form this week.

After facing Town on Saturday, Loizou’s side will then welcome Ware to Coles Park.

Like Brentwood, Ware will be keen to move away from bottom club Cheshunt, but if Borough want to reach the play-offs, they could do with two wins this week.