“Cup final” mindset needed to keep playoff hopes alive

Carshalton Athletic host Wingate and Finchley at Colston Avenue on Saturday 19th February (3pm kick off) in a must win game for their playoff hopes.

Although Wingate and Finchley currently lie 14th in the Isthmian League Premier Division and have been in the bottom half of the division all season, they pulled off one of the results of the season on Tuesday night with a 4-1 home win over high flying Enfield Town.


Reflecting on the result after Carshalton’s 2-2 comeback draw at Horsham on the same evening, coach Keith Boanas said: “That’s an indication of how just about all teams in this league can beat anyone on their day. We certainly still believe that when we play the way we can, no side can live with us.”


Wingate and Finchley have seen a change of manager and numerous player personnel changes since Carshalton drew 1-1 at the Maurice Rebak Stadium in early October. An early Lewis White goal was cancelled out by a late penalty, the award of which cost player/manager Pete Adeniyi a red card for protesting too vehemently to the referee after the final whistle.


Among the newer faces for the Blues are Barnet loanee, Antonis Vasiliou, who scored twice against Enfield, and former Sutton United striker Dylan Kearney, who also chipped in with a goal in midweek.


Carshalton’s form hasn’t been helped by a growing injury list, including Dan Hector, White, Dan Pappoe and Kwaku Frimpong. Pappoe, who started the season with Wingate and Finchley, will no doubt be hoping to be fit to play against his former club, while Frimpong mentioned last weekend that he hoped to be available for selection again this weekend.


Carshalton come into the game in ninth place, 10 points off the final playoff berth. Boanas said: “We have 13 cup finals left to play in the league. Neither Pete or I know what it means to give up and we’ll continue pushing for the playoffs until it’s mathematically impossible.”


Tickets

Available at https://www.carshaltonathletic.co.uk/tickets - buying tickets online is £1 cheaper than paying at the turnstiles and fans who purchase tickets online can use the FASTLANE turnstile for speedy access

Online prices: Adults - £11; Concessions - £8; Under 18s - £3.