The story of my first trip to Wingate & Finchley for the Bostik Premier League is available on the Bostik League website.
Competition: Bostik League Premier Division
Refreshments: £1 (tea)
Star man: Sean Cronin
Final thoughts and ratings
The Maurice Rebak Stadium is well worth a visit. It’s easy to find and has plenty of non-league charm. Great views of the action are available throughout, and it’s well priced, as you’d expect in the Bostik League. Wingate & Finchley have an interesting history, and there is a clear emphasis on youth development. The youth sides have been successful and the starting lineup for this game certainly had a youthful feel.
Ticket availability – plenty available on the door via the young lads manning the turnstile. 8/10
Website/social media – an excellent website for step 3 and the Twitter account provides match updates and club information. 9/10
Travel – very easy to get to by car and there are also some nearby public transport options. 8/10
Ground – a very nice ground with lots of charm and good views. I liked that all of the stands were cleary named, presumably after people involved with the club over its history. 9/10
Food and drink – the usual food and drink was available, and plenty of people were stocking up on hot food and tea. 7/10
Programme – a really good programme with information about both clubs, and even a feature on the previous meeting between the two sides. 8/10
Atmosphere – the atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming. Fans from both sides mixed throughout and there was plenty of noise as the game got tense towards then end. 7/10
Football quality – a good even contest that was affected by the wind to a certain extent. 7/10
Cost – entry was £12, with £2 for the programme and £1 for a cup of tea. Standard prices for step 3, but a good day out can be had for less than £20 which is always a good sign. 8/10
Matchday experience extras – an impressive looking stand and lots of friendly locals are the main extras that add to the experience. 8/10