Tuesday 14th July 2015

  • 2

    Maidenhead Utd


  • 0

    Wingate & Finchley

Pre Season friendly

Wingate & Finchley suffered defeat to Conference South outfit Maidenhead United at Bisham Abbey on Tuesday evening. The Blues came into the game full of confidence after a 9-2 win over Hertford United and began the game on the front foot when Joe Sharpes 25 yard volley flew just over the Maidenhead crossbar after six minutes.

Six minutes later, new signing Billy Healey cut in and struck a shot-cum-cross that struck Karl Oliyides chest and trickled over the line for a goal kick. After a spell of Maidenhead control, Jack Read hit the crossbar from the edge of the box on 27 minutes after superb interchanging passes between Oliyide and Tommy Tejan-Sie.

However two minutes later, the Conference side took the lead when a deep cross was met by the head of Jake Read. The half ended with Healey heading Sharpes corner just over the Maidstone crossbar.

Three changes were made by Simon Lane and Daniel Nielsen at the break; with Rob Laney, Leon Solomon and Michael Buckley replacing Read, Oliyide and Sharpe. Wingate began the half with a superb chance to equalise but Tejan-Sie shot just wide from an inch-perfect Laney flick on.

Tejan-Sie was at the heart of the action again on 54 minutes as his mazy run ended with his shot being saved by the Maidenhead goalkeeper for a corner. Three minutes later, the midfielder was once again involved but his shot was blocked and bounced into the hands of the keeper.

The spell of pressure didn't pay off for Wingate and Maidenhead took full advantage on the break, with Ben Wright heading in at the back post to double Maidenheads lead.

Three further Wingate changes were unable to aid a consolation goal as the Conference South outfit ran out 2-0 winners in a well fought battle in difficult conditions.

Report by Nikhil Saglani


Wingate & Finchley

  1. Smith
  2. Goodman
  3. 64

  4. Watson
  5. 45

  6. Sharpe
  7. Weatherstone
  8. Street
  9. 45

  10. Oliyide
  11. 70

  12. Tejan-Sie
  13. 64

  14. Powell
  15. 7

  16. Barney
  17. 45

  18. Read


  1. Read
  2. 7

  3. Healey
  4. 45

  5. Laney
  6. 45

  7. Solomon
  8. 45

  9. Buckley
  10. 64

  11. Sogbanmu
  12. 64

  13. Joao
  14. 70

  15. Hart