About The Maurice Rebak Stadium
The Maurice Rebak Stadium, named after one of the founders of the club is a pretty decent ground in pleasant surroundings. The main stand, notable for its art-deco curves and glass holds around 400 and is raised above ground level so that you get a nice elevated view of the game. In front of is some uncovered terracing, backed by a hedge. There is a decent sized covered terrace to the left, behind the goal. Opposite is another covered terrace, but this time narrower and only a few steps.
How to get to The Maurice Rebak Stadium
The ground is actually relatively straight forward to find – the issue is the traffic! Head up the A23/M23 then head into London on the A2 and pass under the Blackwall Tunnel. Follow the A12 until it reaches the A406 North Circular at The Redbridge Roundabout and follow this west0wards (anti-clockwise). Stay on the A406 until you pass by the BP garage where the road reduces to two lanes. At the junction with the A1000 (East Finchley) leave the road. At the end of the slip road turn left at the lights. Go straight over the next set of lights, then after 100m pass through another set of lights. Then at the next set of lights turn right into Summers Lane. The ground is a few hundred metres down on the right-hand side. Do NOT park in the rugby club next door as you may get locked in, instead use street parking. Distance from Lewes is 94 miles and should take around 2 hours to drive.
The nearest station is New Southgate in Travelcard Zone 4, approximately 1.5 miles from the ground.
At the top of the station steps take the right-hand gangway which brings you onto Station Road. Head left up Station Road towards bus stop. The regular 382 service to Millbrook Park goes via Summers Lane and takes about 5-10 minutes. You will need to alight at the Woodgrange Avenue stop, which is a short walk to the ground.
The nearest Underground station is West Finchley Station (Northern Line - High Barnet branch).
The station is a 10/15-minute walk away from the Ground. Alternatively go to East Finchley Station and get a 263 bus heading North towards Barnet. Get off at the bus stop just after Summers Lane traffic lights
Admission at The Maurice Rebak Stadium
Admission this season is £12 for adults, £6 for concessions (senior citizens and students), Under16s £3 and accompanied under 12s are admitted free of charge.
Fancy a beer?
The nearest pub to the ground is the Elephant Inn on the corner of Ballards Lane and Hutton Grove (on the walk from West Finchley tube) which has some decent beers and a Thai restaurant upstairs. The Tally Ho is your nearest Wetherspoons, located as Finchley High Road splits just north of the ground but I’d imagine a fair few fans will head for the Bohemia in High Road, known for its excellent selection of craft beers.
A strong performance by the Rooks grabbed a point at in-form Wingate & Finchley but it could have been much more, reports Stuart Fuller.
With the departure of Dayshonne Golding to Worthing on Friday, boss Hugo Langton brought Ronnie Conlon into the starting eleven whilst Jardel Francis-Adeyinka replaced Daniel Olusemo, who started on the bench.
It was the two new additions to the starting XI that were involved in the early action. Francis-Adeyinka pulled up with an injury after just four minutes and was replaced by Tegan Freeman and then in the 7th minute Ronnie Conlon picked up a ball wide on the left, cut inside and hit an unstoppable shot from 25 yards into the top corner of the net. After fourteen months regaining fitness after his serious knee injury it was a fitting moment with his celebration understandable.
The Rooks looked confident going forward with James Hammond and Billy Medlock both very busy in midfield, breaking down the Wingate attacks but the final balls into the box were easily dealt with by the strong Wingate back four. The conditions were challenging, with intermingled spells of sunshine, rain and hail, causing issues for both sides.
The home side grabbed their equaliser in the 25th minute when a cross to the far post was inadvertently diverted back into the danger area by Tom Day and in a crowded penalty area Great Evans poked the ball home.
The second half started in bright sunshine and it was the Rooks who enjoyed the early possession. Ronnie Conlon appeared to be pulled back as he prepared to shoot in the 60th minute whilst five minutes later a shot from James Hammond appeared to strike the hands of Farrell in the area. Tegan Freeman was then on the end of a strong tackle from Rifat that only saw the Wingate player receive a yellow card.
Tom Day then proved to the Rooks hero, clearing off the line from another Wingate corner that wasn't cleared whilst Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke was forced into a smart save from Tejan-Sie.
However, it as the Rooks who looked the more likely team to grab the winner and with the game entering injury-time James Hammond free-kick was diverted in the wind, forcing the home keeper, Gore, into the save of the game to keep the scores level.
Highlights of the game, thanks you Your Instant Replay, can be watched here
Hugo's post-match interview can be watched here.
The Rooks face another trip to North London on Tuesday night when they head to Enfield Town, kick off 7:45pm.
Wingate & Finchley: Gore, Doyle, Farrell, Rifat, Eales (Grace - 46mins), Platt, Ifil, Tejan-Sie, Evans, Ruff (Kennedy - 80mins), Antwi (Bancroft - 71mins)
Subs not used: Woods-Garness, Sayoud
Bookings: Rifat, Ruff
Lewes: Stroomberg-Clarke, Day, Redwood, Hammond, Malins (Chappell - 73mins), Frimpong, Conlon (Halsey - 70mins), Hatzimouratis, Cosgrave, Medlock, Francis-Adeyinka (Freeman - 4mins)
Subs not used: Olusemo, Popham
Attendance: 102 (27 Rooks fans)