Wingate & Finchley face the difficult task of two cup games in two days with trips to Waltham Abbey and Broadfields United on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October, respectively. After a strong start to the season, Wingate have hit a mini dry spell, losing two of their last five games, putting into perspective how good the start of the season was for the Blues. Tuesdays trip to Waltham Abbey in the Ryman League Cup will, however, be no walk in the park. The Abbotts won their cup game 2-1 against Dereham Town on Saturday afternoon and will be looking to put a difficult start to the league season behind them as focus turns to the League Cup. Their manager is former Blues' manager, and Arsenal legend, Martin Hayes - his men will know the opposition in front of them are favourites, but will feel that they can cause an upset at home to one of the Ryman Premier Leagues big boys. The Ryman North side find themselves one spot off the bottom of the league table but a win against Simon Lanes outfit - who also have on eye on the Middlesex Cup on Wednesday and the FA Cup on Saturday, could turn their season around. Broadfields United FC find themselves in 11th place in the Spartan South Midlands Division One and will play host to Simon Lanes Wingate on Wednesday night. The Fighting Cocks have had a mixed start to the season, winning a couple of tough away games but also losing games at home. The trip to Harefield will not be an easy game for the Blues as it will be less than a 24 hour recovery period from the Waltham Abbey fixture, meaning Simon Lane will require the full depth of his talented squad in order to aim for two wins. The Blues will also have a huge game against Weston Super Mare on Saturday at the back of their minds, but must do a professional job in the Ryman League Cup and Middlesex Cup first. A solitary Ola Sogbanmu goal was enough for three points on Saturday versus Burgess Hill Town and Wingate will be looking to bury the ghosts of the controversial defeat to Canvey Island with two solid wins during the week. Whilst Saturdays FA Cup Third Qualifying Round tie will be the biggest game of the week, the Wingate fans will demand nothing more than progress in every cup competition in the hope of a repeat of the treble winning season under former manager, David Norman. Whilst neither midweek tie will be a walk in the park, Wingate will hope their name will be in two proverbial hats before a ball is kicked on Saturday afternoon.
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