Four young Wingate & Finchley players represented the Amateur Football Alliance at Under 16 level in a 2-1 win over the Sussex FA on Tuesday 27th October. As a club that takes pride in a great youth setup, with focus on developing young players to play for the first team, it was a proud occasion for everyone at Wingate & Finchley, and the club would have had a fifth representative if Nicholas Koroushi hadnt picked up an injury prior to the call up. The four boys were Alex Hadjithemistou, Joseph Toscani, Oliver Begueria and Sam Brazier, who are all part of the Wingate & Finchley U16 setup that play in the Eastern Junior Alliance League. So far this season, the U16s have won one and lost two of their league games, but find themselves in the third round of the Middlesex Cup after a 10-0 win against Kensington Dragons in the first round and an 8-1 win over Harefield United in the second round. This season, Simon Lane has given debuts to many players from the academy, including Cameron Lyttle, Josh Grantham and Hakim Nyariki, who have all featured in cup competitions for the first team. This development is only good for the club and sets an example to the younger players, showing that their hard work and application can be rewarded with first team opportunities. The AFAs next game is on 13th December, at home to the London FA. We wish the young boys the best of luck!
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