Bostik Premier: Ahmet Rifat delighted to see Wingate & Finchley get past Hendon rivals after two tough FA Cup meetings!

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 September 2017

Wingate & Finchley captain Ahmed Rifat in action against Hendon (pic: DBeechPhotography)

Wingate & Finchley captain Ahmed Rifat in action against Hendon (pic: DBeechPhotography)


Keith Rowland’s team host Burgess Hill Town this weekend, while the Greens will look to bounce back away to Met Police

Ahmet Rifat admits Wingate & Finchley are relishing the busy schedule now they have found their form from last season.

Keith Rowland’s team started the new campaign with back-to-back defeats, but have responded in fine fashion over the last couple of weeks.

On Tuesday, Wingate edged past Bostik Premier rivals Hendon in an FA Cup first qualifying round replay having been held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

After their latest success, the Blues can wait to host Burgess Hill Town in the league this weekend and then Enfield Town next Tuesday (September 12).

“We are looking forward to every game and the quicker they come the better it is for us at the minute,” Rifat told Wingate TV.

“Last Saturday we deserved to win, but we let one in at the end and then played on Tuesday and showed good character.

“It is good for us to keep the games coming because it means we can keep this run going.”

Wingate looked set to earn a 1-0 win away to Hendon on Saturday when Spencer McCall found the net after 47 minutes.

That was until Rian Bray popped up with a late equaliser for the Greens to force a replay at the Maurice Rebak Stadium.

Like in the first meeting, the Blues took the lead through McCall and after Rob Laney’s goal, they were 2-0 up.

Hendon again came back though, with Niko Muir scoring twice – the equaliser occuring in the 87th minute.

It forced extra time and home captain Rifat stepped up to put his side in front again before McCall added another to cap a fine 4-2 victory and book Wingate’s spot in the next round.

“At 2-2 when they were on top we did kind of need to reach 90 minutes, so we could recover and regroup,” said the Blues skipper.

“But I feel with any team we play we will always have chances and we were wasteful with some of our opportunities and the positions we got into, so we could have made it easier for ourselves.

“To hang on and then notch two in extra time where everyone dug in, we are happy as a team.”

Wingate now travel to National League South side Hemel Hempstead Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup on September 16.

Hendon will aim to get back on track away to Met Police this weekend before visiting Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday. Two tough games for Gary McCann’s team.

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Kilburn Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Kilburn Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Kilburn Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Kilburn & Brent Sports News

Yesterday, 16:00

The Stones fought back to draw 3-3 with leaders Dartford on Tuesday and now host divisional rivals Chelmsford City in the FA Trophy on Saturday

Yesterday, 13:00

Hooks ABC youngsters helped a London Select side beat a Dublin Select 4-3 to lift the Powerday Crossan Family Foundation Cup at Camden Town’s Irish Centre.

Yesterday, 09:30

James Vince blunted the much-hyped Australia attack but fell foul of England’s new number one enemy Nathan Lyon just when he was all set to tame the Gabba on a rain-hit day one of the Ashes.

Yesterday, 09:00

Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway will look to pick his side up for their big derby meeting with Brentford on Monday (7.45pm), having been left fuming by their 2-0 defeat at Derby in midweek.

Yesterday, 09:00

Brent under-13s booked a place in the last 32 of the National Schools’ Cup with a stunning 5-1 win at Portsmouth.

Yesterday, 08:18

Two goals from Sophie Bray sent England’s women into the semi-finals of the Hockey World League Final in Auckland, New Zealand.

Wed, 16:00

Queens Park Harriers were out in force at the annual London Cross-Country Championships at a cold and wet Parliament Hill.

Wed, 15:43

Hendon were denied all three points, and a double over the current leaders Dulwich Hamlet, when Rickie Hayles scored with almost the last kick of the match on Tuesday.


If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Louise McGowan, who started as headmistress of Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in September, speaks to education editor James Scott about life at the school.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Kilburn sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now