Wingate & Finchley ready to show they can step up against higher-level opposition in Hemel Hempstead Town

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 September 2017

Action from the FA Cup first qualifying round tie between Hendon and Wingate & Finchley (pic: DBeechPhotography)

Action from the FA Cup first qualifying round tie between Hendon and Wingate & Finchley (pic: DBeechPhotography)


Hendon have the weekend off, but can reflect on a fantastic couple of days after beating Dulwich Hamlet and Met Police

Wingate & Finchley travel to Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday looking to try and show they are good enough to compete in the National League South.

The two clubs do battle in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup at Vauxhall Road with Keith Rowland’s Blues in stunning form.

After losing their first two games of the campaign, the Maurice Rebak Stadium side have now gone on an eight-match unbeaten run.

Two goals from Rob Laney helped Wingate beat Burgess Hill Town 2-0 on Saturday before the Blues beat Enfield Town 2-1 on Tuesday with Reece Beckles-Richards and Sean Cronin on target.

It means Rowland will be looking for his team to put in a strong performance this weekend away to Hemel, who are eighth in the table.

“We always get a tough draw in the FA Cup and the last one against Hendon was as well because it was a derby and it is never easy against them,” captain Ahmet Rifat told Wingate TV.

“Hemel will be a step up, but we want to be where they are, so it is a good test for us and when we are on it I feel we can beat most teams.”

Hendon, after losing 4-2 to Wingate in a first qualifying round replay on September 5, have the weekend off, but can reflect on a great few days.

Gary McCann’s team pulled off a stunning 1-0 win away to Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday with substitute Josh Walker netting a 90th minute winner.

It moved the Greens up to second in the table following a 2-1 success at Met Police where Keagan Cole struck on the stroke of full time to help his side claim all three points after Zak Joseph had scored.

Hendon are next in action on Tuesday when they face Wingate again, this time at Silver Jubilee Park, in the first round of the London Senior Cup.

If the Blues draw at Hemel, however, then the FA Cup replay will take precedent over the London Senior Cup.

Meanwhile, Haringey Borough travel to Welling United this weekend looking to cause an upset in the FA Cup against the National League South outfit.

Tom Loizou’s team go into the contest full of confidence after recent Bostik North wins over Romford and Mildenhall Town.

Related articles

Latest Kilburn & Brent Stories

Hendon continued their unbeaten start to the new season with a victory over previous leaders Farnborough as they passed their biggest test yet in the new division.


From being in total control of the game on their first ever visit to Wimborne, Harrow threw away three points with a second half display in which their defence was cut to ribbons and two men were sent off.

Middlesex’s talented 19-year-old bowler – and former North Middlesex paceman – Ethan Bamber made his first class debut against Northants on Sunday during day one of their County Championship clash. Read Layth Yousif’s morning session report from Wantage Road on Sunday.


Wealdstone’s progress so far this campaign was evident for all to see at Princes Park on Saturday with an accomplished and emphatic win over a side that ought to be challenging at the top echelons of Vanarama National League South table.

Yesterday, 17:57

Championship: West Brom 7 QPR 1

Fri, 17:08

Tributes have been paid to a young Wembley mum who was stabbed to death in south London this week.

Fri, 16:00

Rs won in Carabao Cup on Tuesday night despite making six changes and some of those who came in impressed

Fri, 14:00

Stones beat Woking 1-0 on Monday night after losing by same score at Billericay Town last Saturday


The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

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.

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

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