W&F 3-2 London Bari

Wingate & Finchley began pre-season in fine fashion, with a comfortable win over London Bari despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise. The Blues got off to the perfect start as Reece Beckles raced in on goal from a through ball, beat the offside trap and finished at the near post from inside the area after only four minutes. The hosts, London Bari, almost levelled four minutes later but a free-kick was well saved by goalkeeper, Ashley Harris, and the rebound struck the post before being cleared by Bradley Marriot. The visitors forced Bari to pay, doubling their lead on 12 minutes in fine fashion. Rob Hastings collected the ball on the edge of the box and curled a beauty into the goalkeeper's top right hand corner with the outside of his right foot. On the stroke of half time Bari pulled a goal back, their striker breaking the offside trap himself before slotting calmly past Harris. The second half was a much less eventful affair. Wingate regained their two goal lead on 47 minutes when Beckles broke the offside trap again and finished well across Bari's goalkeeper to make it 3-1. Keith Rowland's side maintained possession and played some excellent cross field passes in between repeated fouls from the ESL outfit. In the 88th minute, the hosts pulled the lead back to 3-2 but were unable to find an equaliser before full time. By Nikhil Saglani Wingate XI: Harris (Weinrabe, 45), Marriott, Abrahams, Mbamarah (Nyeki 45), Mafuta (Smith 51), Lyttle (Armando, 45), Hastings, Ifil (Ngog 66), Beckles (Henry 63), Dorkings, Kirk. MOTM: Reece Beckles

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