Blues look to kick on in Bostik Premier after Chippenham Town scalp

Wingate & Finchley centre back Marc Weatherstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Wingate & Finchley centre back Marc Weatherstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo). - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

The Maurice Rebak Stadium club have another busy week with a Velocity Trophy tie coming up on Tuesday

Wingate & Finchley will host Corinthian-Casuals in the Bostik Premier on Saturday looking to keep the feel-good factor currently at the club.

The Blues are on a high after causing an upset in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy this week.

Glen Little’s team were the underdogs against National League South high-flyers Chippenham Town, but held the Bluebirds to a 1-1 draw on Saturday before winning 3-2 in a home replay on Tuesday.

It has lifted spirits at the Maurice Rebak Stadium club after they had lost back-to-back league games to Bognor Regis Town and Kingstonian earlier in November.

After earning £5,000 in FA Trophy prize money this week and securing a spot in the first round proper, Blues will look to kick on in the Bostik Premier now.

This weekend they will take on a Casuals team who have enjoyed a decent start to life in a higher division after promotion last season.

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On the flip side, Wingate have struggled for consistency this term and sit 18th in the table with 17 points from 16 fixtures following a number of managerial changes.

Little seems to be settling into his new role though, and will target more league joy at the weekend.

After hosting Casuals, the Blues will turn their attention to another competition when they travel to Bowers & Pitsea in the Velocity Trophy second round on Tuesday.

Bowers are second in the Bostik North and so Little’s team will have to be at the top of their game to avoid being on the end of a cup upset.

Wingate will at least enter the games with spirits lifted after two superb displays this past week in the FA Trophy.

A second-half equaliser via Charlie Cole earned a draw by a 1-1 score in Wiltshire last weekend in front of a crowd of 280 people.

It forced a replay back in north London on Tuesday and despite going behind after just 12 minutes, the hosts hit back in stunning fashion.

Rob Laney levelled in the 24th minute and with half an hour on the clock wide-man Reece Beckles-Richards fired home to make it 2-1.

Luke Ifil’s second half drive gave Wingate daylight and despite a late reply, the hosts held on for a terrific 3-2 win.