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.

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