Wingate & Finchley travelled to East Thurrock with a youthful reserve team as they build up to the upcoming season. As expected East Thurrock were a strong and quick team, immediately putting pressure on Wingate. The Wingate team defence, led by a commanding back to form Adam Forrester and David Long fresh from his debut with the first team, cutting out all danger. Using a different tactic from their well drilled passing game, the team worked to first team directives, turning around East Thurrock and eventually forcing a mistake when Symeon Taylor stole the ball wide on the left , beating two defenders and drilling the ball into the bottom corner. Tyrell Benjamin, as relentless as always, followed quickly beating a Thurrock defender to slot the ball home sending Wingate into a 2-0 lead. The hosts came back into the game being the stronger side for the middle third of the game as Wingate experimented with different formations. When suddenly our technically able players turned on the style; following a second goal from Tyrell Benjamin, Gavin Suddell stuck the sweetest of dipping drives and in the move of the game Errol Ozkmorou volleyed home from a sweeping move from left to right, involving numerous outfield players. Cairo Duncan wrapped up the scoring with a twenty yard low drive to see Wingate finish emphatic 6-3 winners. There were outstanding performances from each player, with midfielders Andreas Kyprianou, Jeremy Nestor and Jamie Dickens working tirelessly for 90 minutes. In a season where each game is a learning curve the team have continued to show the young talent at the club.
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