The Gulls Swoop To Victory

I hate it when one of my predictions comes true – It rather removes the doubts I have about my own fallibility.   After the Police game I predicted that we would lose sooner rather than later and added that Canvey Island were likely to be a stern test for us.   In truth, it wasn’t solely my prediction; more a consensus arrived at through chats with other Wingate & Finchley fans.

Canvey turned up with a Coach and a Minibus of Milestone.  Normally I’d have photographed them but I had a call from Ricky just before I was about to leave asking me to photograph a new signing when I got to the ground, so that took priority on the day and I went straight in.   By the time we got the photography done it was already 2:45 and I just had time to fit in a rushed pint before taking my position to photograph the action.

Russell Saves

Russell Saves

With a blustery south-westerly wind and low clouds bringing occasional showers of rain, Wingate & Finchley started briskly and Leon drew a smart save at the near post in the third minute – Canvey’s keeper palming it out for a corner.   There followed an attack from Canvey culminating in a strike and a miss.   On the 16th minute Weather’s put in a great curling shot which produced an equally excellent save from The Gulls keeper, James Russell.

Canvey dominated as the Blues passing game in midfield started to break down under pressure.   Even so, there was an element of luck in the way that they took the lead in the 30th minute.   Danny Heale’s strike was tipped onto the bar by Bobby Smith, only to bounce out directly to Leon Gordon who headed home.    Wingate can’t complain too much though, having taken the lead against the Met Police the previous Tuesday with an element of good fortune.   The Gulls would find the back of the net again before the halftime whistle but it would be ruled out by the linesman for off-side.

Despite the wind being behind them in the second half The Blues huffed and puffed rather than putting any genuine pressure on the Canvey goal and, with the passing game still not really gelling in the middle of the pitch, they were consistently attacked by Canvey.   The Gulls had the ball in the back of the net again in the 55th minute when one of their strikers tipped a shot in from close range only to see the linesman raise his flag for off-side after a quick word with the referee.   This brought howls of complaint and abuse from the Canvey supporters behind the linesman, which continued despite me showing them the photographic evidence that the officials had got the call correct – I’ll save myself the effort in future!

Off-Side

Off-Side

There was one great attempt on goal for W & F when Murat got behind the defence and curled a shot past the gloves of James Russell only to see it strike the inside of the far post and rebound out across the face of goal.   Unlike the Canvey goal it didn’t present an easy opportunity for another Wingate player and passed harmlessly away.   Fortuna had clearly turned her back on The Blues and maybe we need to be making an offering at her temple?

Canvey had the best of the rest of the match although David Laird made his way into their penalty area on a few of occasions without being able to get a clear opening.  He did succeed in redistributing a foot long piece of the turf though 😉   In stoppage time at the end of the match The Gulls finally cemented their win with a goal scored from a one-on-one with Bobby.

On Tuesday night, Wingate & Finchley travelled to Cray Wanderers.   I was unable to attend for that one.    It ended in a 3-2 defeat after a mistake in the dying minutes resulted in a penalty with Bobby Aisien sent off for bringing down Cray’s striker.   His a red card will rule him out for three matches.   So that’s a second loss inside a week.   All I can hope is that the ‘lose several games’ part of the prediction isn’t coming true!   It’s an FA Cup qualifier on Saturday and we will be entertaining Redbridge FC – A good opportunity to stop the rot and perhaps turn things around?

All thoughts expressed are my own and do not represent the views of Wingate & Finchley FC.

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Five Question Friday

1. What ringtone do you have on your cell phone?
I have 2 cellphones.
My personal one has a standard ring.   I have a barking dog to alert me to messages.
My work mobile has a Nokia standard piece of music called Play by ear.  Double tone beep for messages.

2. What is your favorite memory from this summer?
The summer, such as it was, drifted by without leaving anything to mark its passing.  It’s as if it never was – so no favourite memories for me.   We did have an enjoyable holiday in Rome but I’d hardly classify that as a memory.

3. Paper books or ebooks?
A bit of both.  I have a Kindle for novels and the like but I also buy normal books where the illustrations are an important part of the content – a photography handbook would be a good example.   The Kindle comes in handy when going away as it takes up the space of one paperback but can have as many books on it as I like.

4. If you could have one home upgrade what would it be and why?
The Kitchen could do with a rebuild – needs all new appliances, worktops, etc and a redesign to include patio doors – that last bit is the upgrade and the first bit is the reason why.

5. When was your first serious boyfriend/girlfriend?
There was Lorraine in primary school – must have been pretty serious (if only on a mental level) for me to still remember her all these years later!