I suspect that contrary to most people and despite it being called ‘The Weekend’, the non-league football supporter’s week actually starts on Saturday. It is the day when you find out whether the midweek training has paid off and if the coach has come up with an effective strategy to beat the opposition. For Wingate & Finchley fans this week it must feel especially so as the team has three matches to play. Saturday saw us away at Cheshunt . Tuesday evening will bring Maldon & Tiptree to visit the Abrahams Stadium and Thursday will see another away match at Harrow Borough (the postponed cup match). Such is the way of things non-league – when the winter hits the fixtures start to pile up. In fact, it makes you wonder what the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are whinging about – last season some clubs in the Ryman League were having to play 4 games a week! Why that should be and whether the league should look at extending the season in special circumstances is a debate for another blog.
Anyway, the week kicked off in fine style with W & F securing a four goal victory over Cheshunt. In fairness, the Cheshunt side was missing five key players – probably due to injury and illness rather than suspensions. Even so, credit to our players for going all out for the win – the margin could have been higher – and not becoming complacent when we were leading by two goals at halftime. Congratulations to Lewis who got a hat trick whilst leading scorer Leon claimed an assist and a goal of his own in his usual ‘rounding the keeper ‘style to bring his
season’s tally to 16. Ahmet was griefing me about getting a good shot of him when he came on in the second half (the players do like to get their faces on the website and in the programme), so he’ll be glad that he isn’t actually in the shot of the penalty that he blasted over the crossbar 😉
It’s always interesting to see who is watching the game , and that’s true of all levels of football. I was pleased to meet Gavin’s extended family – his nephew was mascot for the day. The referee was being assessed by a colleague, which possibly explains his continuous whistling and the number of decisions that went our way – didn’t want the name Homer stamped on his file! And finally, a couple of visitors from Maldon & Tiptree were noted in the stands, presumably observing prior to our match on Tuesday.
All thoughts expressed are my own and do not represent the views of Wingate & Finchley FC.