U21 Match Reports

U21 squad

Ryman U21 League

Enfield Town 2 Wingate & Finchley 2

A match between local rivals and a match of high importance to Enfield Town who are still likely to win the league saw a first half that North London Senior football should be proud of.
Wingate, struggling through suspension and injury, had only 14 out of a possible match day squad of 16 available.However, the match started in an exciting and high quality fashion. Enfield started like a train and pushed Wingate back for the first fifteen minutes, however commitment and winning initial individual battles allowed Wingate's flair players to get the ball on the floor and to start playing football . Once this happened Wingate inevitably went ahead through Jack Read when a quick one two and then a great through ball by Gavin Suddell left him with the goalkeeper to beat. A few minutes later may have seen the game slip away when a searching fifty yard pass by Joe Sharpe spilt Enfield Town in two and was expertly controlled by Harry Tew Robinson who then failed to put the ball away with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Enfield then came on strongly with centre forward Jermaine Osei causing huge problems and fully deserved of his equaliser five minutes prior to the break.
The second half saw the home team take the initiative and dominate once again for the first twenty minutes, when an Enfield player managed to deceive the referee but not anyone else in the stadium as he pushed the ball past all of the Wingate defenders and buried it in the back of the net.
The initiative of this see-saw match turned to Wingate who equalised through a wonderful low shot which nestled into the corner of the Enfield goal and towards the end the game could easily have been won by Wingate, as Andreas Kyprianou received the ball but was unable to slip the ball through to his unmarked team mate .
All in all the draw was the right outcome for an attractive match which North London should be proud of.

Ryman U21 League

Wingate & Finchley 6 Waltham Forest 1

On a day that saw all but one of the Ryman Premier and Ryman North games postponed, Wingate's under 21 entertained Waltham Forest.
Rain, gales and a heavy pitch gave lowly Waltham Forest the opportunity to cause an upset against Wingate lying second in the league.With the wind in their face, Wingate created an early opportunity when Joe Foley burst through only to put the ball wide of the post, and then two more golden opportunities went missing.
Wingate failed to get a grip of their neighbours for the first time when a shot was parried straight back out by captain Jack Metcalfe only to go straight to a Forest player to put the visitors in front.
Many opportunities went close and Jess Parsons - who had a really solid performance - had a goal disallowed . However, he made up for it just before the break when Joe Sharpe delivered a great free kick to the back post for Parsons to rise like a salmon and head powerfully home.
The second half belonged to Wingate and particularly Gavin Suddell who executed the perfect hat-trick with a left footed goal followed by a right footed goal and to complete the hatrick a good header. All of this after blasting a tremendous free kick off the crossbar.
The other goals came from Jemal Wiseman and Harry Tew-Robinson to cap off a 6-1 victory.

Ryman U21 League

Grays Athletic 0 Wingate & Finchley 1

In a match that was slated as 'can't lose', Wingate and Finchley under 21's managed by Stuart Crawford went to Grays Athletic to reverse a recent 3-1 home loss. Grays, sitting top of the league and three points ahead, surprised Wingate in the last match with some good finishing. However, Wingate came out with intention today, passing the ball short and quickly. W & F dominated possession, however Grays managed to get into good forward positions and had a couple of half chances. Wingate's keeper Jack Metcalfe was forced into pulling off a great one handed save early in the game.
The game was concentrated in the middle of the park with the defensive midfield duo of Jemal Wiseman and Joe Sharpe coupled with the central defence partnership of Kayode Bola and Jasper Owen winning their personal battles.
A smart passing move involving Andre Humphrey and a sharp cutback cross from Gavin Suddell was met for a near post header home by Wiseman, only to be disallowed. However Wingate continued well and eventually a shot tucked in the bottom corner by Jack Read put Wingate ahead before half time.
The second half saw Grays make changes and they imposed themselves on the game for much of the second half. Wingate stayed resolute with the whole defence playing well. The game finished 1-0 to Wingate who now sit in second position in the league.
Manager Stuart Crawford stated after the game 'We managed to get a grip early in the game and played with passion and intent. The lads showed that if they carry on developing and competing as they did that they are a very good side.'

Ryman U21 League

Wingate & Finchley 3 VCD Athletic 2

Wingate returned to league action following their poor display against Grays in spectacular style, in a match which involved two of the league's most fancied sides, and the game started at a furious pace. VCD came out of the stalls first but were stopped in their tracks from one of the best goals you are likely to see. Joe Foley receiving the ball dropped it to his strike partner Harry Tew-Robinson who let fly from a full forty yards to volley the ball against the under side of the bar and in to the net , a strike almost identical to the legendary Tony Yeboah strike many years ago.
This gave Wingate the momentum to take control of the game and hold the majority of possession when the incredibly hard-working Joe Foley was fouled on the edge of the area and Joe Sharpe struck a glorious curling free kick in to the top corner with the goalkeeper stuck to the floor. There were some outstanding first half performances with Kayode Bola dominating at the and Jemal Wiseman ended a spectacular passing move by putting the ball into the bottom corner to allow the team to lead 3-0 at half time.
During the second half VCD had a fifteen minute spell of dominance following a poor and aggressive two footed challenge which to the shock of all only received a yellow card and resulted in a scuffle between the sides. The visitors are a fine footballing side and pulled back two goals, however the resilience of the Wingate defence held out for a well deserved win.

Ryman U21 League

Wingate & Finchley 1 Grays Athletic 3

Wingate's under 21's run of wins came to a disappointing end on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat to Grays in a match lacking any real quality. The first half was a very quiet affair which for the majority was slightly edged by the home side but two very quick goals on the stroke of half time gave the away side a two goal lead after a mixture of slick passing from Grays and sloppy defending from Wingate.
In the second half Grays continued where they left off at the end of the first half and by the 50th minute made it 3-0 through more poor defending and a clinical finish from the Grays attack. It was only midway through the second half that the home side woke up and started to threaten the Grays goal with Lewis Jones, in his first appearance of the season, rounding the keeper but unable to turn the ball in. Minutes later Wingate hit the bar through Harry Tew-Robinson.
With just under 15 minutes left on the clock a well worked move from Tew-Robinson down the left hand side was put into the net by Jemal Frederick to make it 3-1. 5 minutes later Wingate had the ball in the net again but the linesman had flagged for offside. Grays ended the game with a chance to increase the lead with Wingate committing men forward but the shot was cleared off the line with 3 minutes remaining..

Ryman U21 League

Leiston 2 Wingate & Finchley 5

Wingate travelled to Leiston expecting a tough game . The match started with Wingate dominating the play with our midfield duo of Jemal Wiseman and Joe Sharpe orchestrating proceedings, winning vital battles and switching play continually. Wingate went ahead through Maliki Lumsden and looked to be in for a big win when against the run of play two bits of sloppy defending allowed Leiston to finish the half in front despite our front three - including Gavin Suddell and Harry Tew-Robinson tearing the Leiston defence apart.
The second half saw Wingate step up the physical side of their game in order to nullify the presence of Leiston when Gavin Suddell broke through to be brought down by the goalkeeper who was duly sent off despite the odd protestations of an over-biased crowd.
The culminating free kick was beautifully despatched into the bottom corner by Sudell to equalise. From then on in Wingate had possession whilst Leiston chased shadows. The third goal was a tremendous strike by Jemal Wiseman. Malaki Lumsden scored a fine individual goal and Joe Sharpe wrapped up the game . A fine performance by an extremely young and talented Wingate team.

Ryman U21 League

Wingate & Finchley 4 Needham Market 2

Two goals apiece from Scott Kashket and Joe Sharpe ensured a third victory running for Wingate and Finchley's Under 21 side after a stunning comeback from 2-0 down ended in a 4-2 victory. The visitors on Wednesday night were table-topping Needham Market. The game started quick with a chance for Wingate in the opening minute, however from the resulting save Needham Market broke down the other end to put themselves 1-0 up.
Midway through the first half Needham went 2-0 up after a cool chip from the edge of the box floated over the stranded keeper. Within 3 minutes Wingate were back in the game after Scott Kashket's 2nd goal in 2 games pulled a goal back for Wingate, after great work on the wing from Joe Foley. Just before half time Wingate's continued good work paid off for an equaliser. Jemal Frederick won the ball in the middle of the pitch and played a ball through to Kashket who was played just onside. Kashket's finish was superb with a short dink over the keeper for 2-2.
In the second half Wingate were producing the better chances but were caught by the pace of the Needham no. 9 who, after a miskick from Metcalfe in the Wingate goal, had an open goal to shoot at but could only find the side netting. Wingate made Needham pay for that missed chance with Joseph Sharpe's first of the season tapping in at the far post on 55 minutes after some good build up play on the left making it 3-2 Wingate. Later in the second half Needham were reduced to 10 men when their no. 7 kicked out at Wingate's Gavin Suddell in front of the referee.
Wingate made the numerical advantage count with 5 minutes to go after more great work by the Wingate midfield with the ball played over to Sharpe for his second blasting into the roof of the net from a tight angle, to round off an excellent 4-2 win against previously unbeaten Needham. The victory means it's 3 wins from 4 games for Wingate & Finchley's U21's.

Ryman U21 League

Wingate & Finchley 2 Ware 1

This was the second consecutive victory for the under 21s winning 2-1 against Ware. Wingate dominated the match and could have gone 1-0 up early on but Joe Foley's cross following a great run down the byline was too close to the keeper. However only a couple of minutes later the same run and cross by Foley ended up at the feet of Scott Kashket who turned the ball in for 1-0 to Wingate in the 13th minute.
Ware came close to making it 1-1 towards the end of the first half but some heroics in goal by Jack Metcalfe stopped them scoring with 3 saves in the space of a few seconds. The second half saw more domination from Wingate but they were unable to find the second until the 85th minute when a cross was turned in by Gavin Suddell. Wingate had a scary few minutes to get through at the end of the match when an under-hit back pass was seized upon by Ware to make the score 2-1 with 2 minutes to go.
But Wingate held on for the victory which they really should have made more comfortable.

Ryman U21 League

Wingate & Finchley 2 Heybridge Swifts 0

The U21 side beat Heybridge to earn their first three points of the season on Saturday. The visitors started better having a shot deflected over in 3rd minute, but from that point it was constant Wingate pressure with chances falling to Joe Foley and Ryan Sellers. The opening goal came in 17th minute after a corner was tapped in from under the bar by Joe Foley. Several more chances for Wingate followed, including in the 40th minute when a ball was played through to Joe Foley who rounded the keeper but shot from a tight angle, which was cleared off the line.
HT 1-0
More of the same came from Wingate after the break leading to the second goal, when a long pass from Joe Foley fell to Gavin Suddell who lofted the ball over the keeper from the edge of the box. More and more chances fell the way of Wingate including Suddell hitting the woodwork twice and another chance cleared off the line from Joe Foley. Only one chance fell for Heybridge in the second half which was dragged wide.
FT 2-0
The U21 side have a home game next Saturday against Ware.

Ryman U21 League

Wingate & Finchley 3 Enfield Town 4

The Under 21 development side started their season with a very closely fought game against local rivals Enfield Town.
The game started with both sides being wary of their opponents , however a hand ball within the Wingate area by Jessie Parsons lead to an early lead for Enfield Town with the penalty scored by Ben Ward-Cochrane. The Enfield team were more competitive and showed more desire to win the ball.
Enfield dominated playing the better passing football for most of the first half, however Wingate pulled back level with an unlikely equaliser when Alfie Bartram headed home from a Joe Sharpe corner.
The home team upped their tempo in the second half, though went 2-1 behind as Ward-Cochrane tapped in a rebound, before coming back with goals from Nii Armarfio and then the move of the game when Jeremy Nestor and Gavin Suddell linked up to put the home team in front 3-2 with 13 minutes left on the clock.
However, a poor overall defensive game from Wingate allowed Enfield Town to score two late soft and scrappy goals and run out 4-3 winners, a result that was possibly correct and should give the youngsters a reminder of the desire and consistency that is needed when they step up.