Bostik Premier: Keith Rowland pulls no punches after Harrow Borough defeat his Wingate & Finchley team

PUBLISHED: 16:30 16 August 2017

Sean Cronin of Wingate & Finchley goes close to a goal against Harrow Borough, but is denied by away goalkeeper Melvin Minter (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Sean Cronin of Wingate & Finchley goes close to a goal against Harrow Borough, but is denied by away goalkeeper Melvin Minter (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Blues boss admitted the away side thoroughly deserved their victory at the Maurice Rebak Stadium last night

Adam Richards of Harrow Borough and Marc Charles-Smith of Wingate & Finchley battle for the ball (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo). Adam Richards of Harrow Borough and Marc Charles-Smith of Wingate & Finchley battle for the ball (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Wingate & Finchley manager Keith Rowland conceded Harrow Borough were better than his team in every department during last night’s 3-1 Bostik Premier defeat.

The Maurice Rebak Stadium club were level at the break after Marc Charles-Smith cancelled out Kurtis Cumberbatch’s early opener.

But goals from Charles Banya and Ant O’Connor following the interval handed Boro a deserved away victory.

“We were second all over the park and I am afraid there was no hiding place for our players,” said Rowland.

“To be fair to Harrow Borough they wanted it more, they were hungry and got to the seconds quicker.

“I felt they kept the ball better and in general play they were just better than us in every department and good luck to them.”

A scant consolation for Wingate and their supporters is they also started the 2016/17 season with two defeats.

44 games later and they had qualified for the play-offs, but Rowland couldn’t hide his frustration after the match with Harrow.

He added: “I was disappointed with the 90 minutes to be honest with you. The scoreline is irrelevant. It is the three points you play for and we lost all three.

“We had a good record against the London teams last season and it was probably one of the best in the league in terms of locally.

“Again the campaign is based on 46 games and we lost our first two last year, but I am concerned how we have lost the last two.”

One slight positive for Wingate was the fact summer signing Charles-Smith get off the mark in a competitive match.

After spending over three years with Harrow, the forward made the switch to the Blues during the off-season.

Even though he netted against his old club, it wasn’t enough to prevent Wingate losing 3-1 to their rivals.

“Marc is a fella we have admired for quite a while and whenever we played against Harrow Borough he was a handful,” said Rowland.

“It is difficult for an older player to come into a new set-up. When they are younger they are a bit more enthusiastic and I think it just takes some people a little bit longer to fit in to what we want.

“But it is not through a lack of trying from his part, although in general the whole game against Harrow was disappointing for us.”

Another major negative for the Blues was the late dismissal of defender Sean Cronin for a second yellow card.

The ex-Wealdstone centre back was jeered by the Harrow fans throughout the contest and that only got louder after he caught Shaun Preddie late.

Rowland added: “I am disappointed that he ran 10 to 15-yards to have a go at the referee about time wasting from their goalkeeper, so that was a yellow card and the second is a yellow as well, so it is as simple as that.”

It was a frustrating night for Wingate, although with 44 games left to play this season they will look to bounce back away to Needham Market this weekend.

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