Wingate & Finchley’s under-23s look to complete double by winning Bostik League U23 League Cup final against Hastings United
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Dean Barker’s young squad lost Friday’s Champion of Champions final to Margate, but will aim to bounce back at Parkside this evening
Wingate & Finchley’s under-23s will play the last match of a successful 2017/18 season tonight and hope to complete the double.
Dean Barker’s team were crowned winners of the Bostik Development North League earlier this month and had sights set on a treble after clinching the title.
A 3-2 defeat on Friday to Margate in the Champion of Champions final at Aveley’s Parkside ended those hopes.
The tie was goalless at half time, despite a flurry of chances, but five goals occurred after the restart.
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Margate went two goals ahead before the Blues pulled one back in he 69th minute thanks to Ben Pattie’s penalty.
Wingate conceded a third nine minutes later, but didn’t give up hope and reduced the deficit with three minutes left when Ned Clarke’s effort deflected in.
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Although Barker’s youngsters pushed for a late leveller, it wasn’t forthcoming and they had to settle for runners-up medals.
Nevertheless, it was a fine effort against a strong Margate team and Wingate still have one final chance to finish with more silverware.
This evening they will take on Hastings United’s under-23s in the League Cup of the Bostik League under-23 competition.
It is a 7.30pm kick-off and admission is free at Parkside, Park Lane, Aveley, RM15 4PX.