Tuesday 22nd July 2014

  • 1

    Wingate & Finchley

    Laney 39

  • 2

    Redbridge

    Newton 7, Smith 85

Pre Season Friendly

Redbridge were the visitors for Wingate & Finchley's second home game of the preseason, and came away 2-1 winners in a tight match. The hosts couldn't force home a series of early corners after dominating the early stages and were forced to pay as Lee Newton put the visitors 1-0 ahead. A high line and a poor clearance allowed the Redbridge striker to chip the ball over the on rushing Cain Davies and finish into an empty net after only 7 minutes.

Debutant right-winger Lee Brennan tested the Redbridge goalkeeper with a stinging shot from 25 yards but Mark Parker was able to push the shot away for a corner. Minutes later, Rob Laney headed home an equaliser for Wingate after a brilliant overhead cross from Marc Weatherstone. Shortly after, Laney was in on goal again but pulled his shot wide of the far post and the scores were level at the break.

Wingate made seven changes at half time and also changed from their blue home strip to a bright orange kit for the second half. The second half was a tense affair, with neither side being able to hold onto possession for long enough to create a serious goalscoring opportunity. The home side were forced to shoot from outside the area as a stubborn Redbridge defence were dealing with any balls sent into their box. On 80 minutes, Gavin Suddell was on the end of a brilliant counter attack from the home side but shot wide from 20 yards out.

Wingate were forced to pay for not taking their chances as the referee awarded a free kick in a dangerous area and Leon Smith was left unmarked to head home and give the away side the lead on 85 minutes. The hosts ran out of time to find an equaliser and were on the receiving end of their second pre-season defeat after an promising, unbeaten start. Wingate next play on Saturday 26th July at home to Wealdstone.

Report by Nikhil Saglani

Lineup

Wingate & Finchley

  1. Davies
  2. 46

  3. Goodman
  4. 46

  5. Wright
  6. 46

  7. Sogbanmu
  8. 70

  9. Weatherstone
  10. 46

  11. Street
  12. 65

  13. Brennan
  14. 46

  15. Tejan-Sie
  16. 46

  17. Laney
  18. 46

  19. Muir
  20. 65

  21. Fisher

Subs

    46

  1. Nielsen
  2. 46

  3. Marsh-Brown
  4. 46

  5. Sharpe
  6. 46

  7. Suddell
  8. 46

  9. Knight
  10. 46

  11. Bolle
  12. 46

  13. Mbamarah
  14. 65

  15. Fredericks
  16. 65

  17. Grace
  18. 70

  19. Fatai

Referee

n/a

Attendance

52