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Wingate & Finchley
C Stimson (28'), C Ujah (67')
Full time
M Charles-Smith (5'), A Obafemi (25', 53'), R Laney (38')
Sat 9 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 87

Thurrock 2 - 4 Wingate & Finchley

by Dom Baker

The Fleet hosted Wingate and Finchley on a cold Saturday afternoon as they looked to get back to back wins. Thurrock were keen to build upon their solid result in midweek away at Leatherhead. Before kick-off Thurrock sat 16th in the league with Wingate and Finchley in 10th.

It was the visitors that struck first. An unfortunate, mistimed clearance by Jordan Clark gave Charles-Smith an early opportunity from 10 yards out. The striker still had a lot to do but kept his cool to loop Jake Jessup and score.


Minutes later and Thurrock carved an opportunity to level. A through ball from Ronnie Winn bypassed Dennis Oli but was latched onto by Michael Pindy who saw his shot well blocked. The early exchanges were an example of just how end-to-end this game was going to be. Wingate & Finchley strikers Charles-Smith and Obafemi were posing problems when holding the ball up and interlinking.

Jordan Clark hobbled off for Joel Brown-Bampoe just 15 minutes in following a muscle injury off the ball. The change saw Brown-Bampoe come into midfield as Ronnie Winn slotted in at centre-back.

Wingate made it 2-0 on the 25th minute. Quentin Monville was played through on the right wing and raced forward. The winger cut the ball back for striker Obafemi who neatly slotted past Jake Jessup.


Despite not playing badly Thurrock found themselves 2-0 down, Wingate were clinical when it came to converting chances. However, just 3 minutes later Thurrock grabbed a goal back. Charlie Stimson reduced the deficit by running onto a through ball into the box before rounding keeper Shaun Gore and slotting home.

Charlie Stimson (28’)

The home side were pushing forward in search of an equaliser immediately. Stimson and Oli combined nicely on the left flank but the latters cut-back was too short for Joe Christou. The midfielder then lunged in harshly on Rob Laney and became the player to be cautioned.

Wingate & Finchley showed their attacking efficiency once again before half time. Obafemi jinked past Ronnie Winn, shaped to shoot, then laid the ball off to Laney who burst into the box from midfield. Laney met the pass first-time with a shot into the top corner.


It was the pace of the two-man attack of Wingate & Finchley that was causing problems but Jessup was always quick off his line to recover impressively.

HALF TIME: Thurrock 1 - 3 Wingate & Finchley

There was a noticeable lack of substitutes warming-up at half-time. Warming up seemed relatively impossible in these temperatures.

The third goal hadn’t knocked any confidence out of this Thurrock side as they returned from the break. The Fleet looked to get another goal at every opportunity. A Curtis Ujah header set Dennis Oli through on goal with 20 yards to run into. Just before he pulled the trigger he was seemingly tripped by Ola Williams, nothing was given.

Moments later Wingate & Finchley punished Thurrock again. Rob Laney pushed forward on the right flank and put the ball across for Obafemi at the back post for his second of the game.


Straight from kick off Reece Morgan got forward on the opposite flank. His low driven cross was cut out in the nick of time.

Thurrock’s 2nd substitution of the game saw Joel Nouble replaced by Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves. Wingate & Finchley responded with a change of their own as Quentin Monville is replaced by Reece Beckles-Richards.

On the 67th minute a Joe Christou corner caused havoc in the 6-yard box. The ball flew across the face of goal and once Remi Sutton’s header clipped the bar, Curtis Ujah was in the right place to nod home.

Curtis Ujah (67’)

Thurrock’s final substitution saw Dennis Oli replaced by Timothy Ogunrinde who then led the attack. Remi Sutton burst forward after intercepting but couldn’t convert from the edge of the box. The game was still as end-to-end as it was in the first half as Charles-Smith connected to a Laney cross but somehow knocked it past the post just moments after.

Michael Pindy led the next attack for Thurrock after running into the channel. The striker’s cross was well collected by Shane Gore. In the games closing period Thurrock enjoyed possession and got forwards in waves, they just couldn’t find the net and close the gap.

Pindy got forward again on the right wing and delivered to the back post. The cross was met by Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves who saw his effort come back off the post and his rebound held.

As additional time was announced Ben Pattie replaced March Charles-Smith for the visitors. The striker got cautioned almost immediately for holding onto the ball after a foul.


Wingate & Finchley ran out deserved winners from this tie and go home with all three points. An injury-struck Thurrock never gave up and kept the same intensity and tempo throughout.

Team: Jake Jessup, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, Jordan Clark (Joel Brown-Bampoe 13), Curtis Ujah, Joe Christou, Dennis Oli (Timothy Ogunrinde 68), Joel Nouble (Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves 61), Charlie Stimson, Ronnie Winn, Michael Pindy.
Unused: Mark Stimson
Attendance: 87

Next Match: Sat 16 Dec | Tooting & Mitcham vs Thurrock

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Key moments

Goal Marc Charles-Smith scores for Wingate & Finchley
Goal Afolabi Obafemi scores for Wingate & Finchley
Goal Charlie Stimson scores for Thurrock
Goal Rob Laney scores for Wingate & Finchley
Goal Afolabi Obafemi scores for Wingate & Finchley
Goal Curtis Ujah scores for Thurrock


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90:00 Sub On
Ben Pattie is substituted on for Wingate & Finchley
90:00 Sub Off
Marc Charles-Smith is substituted off for Wingate & Finchley
90:00 Yellow Card
Ben Pattie is yellow carded for Wingate & Finchley
72:00 Sub Off
Afolabi Obafemi is substituted off for Wingate & Finchley
72:00 Sub On
Isaac Ebelebe is substituted on for Wingate & Finchley
68:00 Sub Off
Dennis Oli is substituted off for Thurrock
68:00 Sub On
Timothy Ogunrinde is substituted on for Thurrock
67:00 Assist
Remi Sutton makes an assist for Thurrock
67:00 Goal 2 - 4
Curtis Ujah scores for Thurrock
64:00 Sub On
Reece Beckles-Richards is substituted on for Wingate & Finchley
64:00 Sub Off
Quentin Monville is substituted off for Wingate & Finchley
61:00 Sub Off
Joel Nouble is substituted off for Thurrock
61:00 Sub On
Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves is substituted on for Thurrock
53:00 Goal 1 - 4
Afolabi Obafemi scores for Wingate & Finchley
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 1 - 3
Rob Laney scores for Wingate & Finchley
35:00 Yellow Card
Joe Christou is yellow carded for Thurrock
28:00 Assist
Joel Nouble makes an assist for Thurrock
28:00 Goal 1 - 2
Charlie Stimson scores for Thurrock
25:00 Goal 0 - 2
Afolabi Obafemi scores for Wingate & Finchley
17:00 Yellow Card
Rob Laney is yellow carded for Wingate & Finchley
13:00 Sub Off
Jordan Clark is substituted off for Thurrock
13:00 Sub On
Joel Brown-Bampoe is substituted on for Thurrock
5:00 Goal 0 - 1
Marc Charles-Smith scores for Wingate & Finchley
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Wingate & Finchley
  • 0
  • Marc Charles-Smith Goal 5:00'
  • Joel Brown-Bampoe Sub On 13:00'
  • Jordan Clark Sub Off 13:00'
  • Rob Laney Yellow Card 17:00'
  • Afolabi Obafemi Goal 25:00'
  • Charlie Stimson Goal 28:00'
  • Joel Nouble Assist 28:00'
  • Joe Christou Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Rob Laney Goal 38:00'
  • Afolabi Obafemi Goal 53:00'
  • Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves Sub On 61:00'
  • Joel Nouble Sub Off 61:00'
  • Reece Beckles-Richards Sub On 64:00'
  • Quentin Monville Sub Off 64:00'
  • Curtis Ujah Goal 67:00'
  • Remi Sutton Assist 67:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Sub On 68:00'
  • Dennis Oli Sub Off 68:00'
  • Isaac Ebelebe Sub On 72:00'
  • Afolabi Obafemi Sub Off 72:00'
  • Marc Charles-Smith Sub Off 90:00'
  • Ben Pattie Sub On 90:00'
  • Ben Pattie Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Jessup, Jake Jessup, Jake
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Oli, Dennis Oli, Dennis
Clark, Jordan Clark, Jordan
Ujah, Curtis Ujah, Curtis
Pindy, Michael Pindy, Michael
Christou, Joe Christou, Joe
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
Wingate & Finchley
  • 1. Shane Gore
  • 2. Ola Williams
  • 3. Nathan Mavila
  • 4. Claudio Vilcu
  • 5. Sean Cronin
  • 6. Ahmet Rifat
  • 7. Luke Ifil
  • 8. Rob Laney
  • 9. Marc Charles-Smith
  • 10. Afolabi Obafemi
  • 11. Quentin Monville
  • 12. Jake Eales
  • 13. .
  • 14. Ben Pattie
  • 15. Isaac Ebelebe
  • 16. Reece Beckles-Richards
  • 17. Reuben Rabstein

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Kingstonian 46 59
14. Dorking Wanderers 46 58
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57
17. Enfield Town 46 56
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49

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