Wingate lose five-goal thriller to Beaconsfield in opening pre-season match

General view of the main stand at Wingate & Finchley's Maurice Rebak Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS P

General view of the main stand at Wingate & Finchley's Maurice Rebak Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo). - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Despite goals from new signings Tim Monsheju and David Manu, the Blues lost on Saturday, but will return to action on Tuesday

Wingate & Finchley lost 3-2 to Beaconsfield in their first pre-season game of the 2018/19 campaign.

The game, which took place at Barnet Lane, kicked off at 11am because of England’s quarter-final tie with Sweden later in the day.

Beaconsfield took the lead after 26 minutes and made it 2-0 four minutes later after a mix up in the hosts’ penalty area.

Summer signing Tim Monsheju, formerly of Witham Town, did pull one back for the Blues in the 36th minute.

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David Manu, who joined the club at the beginning of June, rounded the visitors goalie and crossed in for Monsheju to head home.

It remained 2-1 to Beaconsfield at the break, but they didn’t need long to extend their advantage after the restart with a third goal arriving in the 48th minute.

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Wingate did reduce the arrears again just past the hour mark when Manu composed himself and fired into the top corner.

Despite pushing for a leveller, the Blues couldn’t produce a sixth goal of the game and lost out by a 3-2 scoreline.

The Maurice Rebak Stadium club are next in action on Tuesday night, again at Barnet Lane, when they host Kings Langley in a 7.45pm kick-off.

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