Harrow Borough preview

Wingate & Finchley play host to Harrow Borough in a London derby on Saturday afternoon in the Ryman Premier League. The hosts come into the game off a thrilling 5-4 win over Grays Athletic in the Ryman League Cup on Tuesday, where they left it until 81 minutes to score the winner in a game that would not have looked out of place on a basketball court. Wingate come into the game full of goals, having scored 20 times in their last seven games in all competitions, including scoring five twice in cup competitions. Simon Lane will also be confident defensively as, Tuesday nights game aside; his defence have only conceded eight goals in five games, which will give the Blues a good chance against the visitors. Steve Bakers side come into the game having won three of their last six league games, scoring 12 times in the process. Marc Charles-Smith is the clubs top goal scorer with 9 goals this season but the club have had 11 different scorers in league games, so Wingate will have to be aware of the goal scoring threat of Harrow from all areas. Having said that, Wingates own right back, Mark Goodman scored twice during Tuesdays win and will be looking to continue his strong start to the campaign; both offensively and defensively. For Wingate, Healey returned to goal scoring form on Tuesday and the Blues fans will be looking forward to welcoming Karl Oliyide back into the team after he was rested for the game against Grays. Rob Laneys fitness ahead of this one is touch-and-go as he is looking to recover from a back injury he sustained two weeks ago in time to face the Boro. Last season, Laney scored in a 3-1 Wingate win with goals also coming from Scott Shulton and Nico Muir but the Blues were thrashed 5-1 at the Earlsmead Stadium, former striker David Knight opening the scoring early on before the hosts came back to win emphatically. The Blues have been impeccable at home this season, losing only thrice in the league at the Abrahams since the start of the campaign. Lane and the Wingate fans will be hoping the Blues can secure another three points that could take them up to third in the league table. By Nikhil Saglani

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