Wingate & Finchley's hopes of building on their 4-0 drubbing of Tonbridge Angles came to a brisk end, following a second-half to forget at New Lodge against Billericay Town. Keith Rowland's outfit started the brightest, Wales dragging his low drive wide of Jack Giddens' right-hand post from 25-yards.
Midfield maestro Tommy Tejan-Sie saw his floated free-kick looking for Billy Healey returned to him by Brendan Diao’s half-clearance, but his volley back towards goal flew wide. Minutes later, Rob Laney burst down the right playing a delightful weighted-pass towards Healey, forcing a last-ditch challenge from Sam Cross. It took the hosts all of 36 minutes to finally have a strike, let alone on target, though Conor Hubble's swerving attempt from 20-yards struggled to test Shane Gore.
Just before the break, Tejan-Sie earned a free-kick on the edge of the area with a majestic piece of skill to break past Alex Stephenson – who dragged him down. Wales stepped up forcing Giddens to get low to keep out his curler.
The opening goal arrived on 55 minutes following a spell of pressure from the Essex side. Hubble collected Kreshnic Krasniqi's cross to the near-post prior to finishing across Gore on the turn. An immediate response almost arrived through Healey, though he headed inches over at the far-post meeting Wales' precision cross. Ryan Sellers' teasing delivery saw Healey and Wales all have shots blocked in quick succession by Ricky Sapperton, Stephenson and Giddens near the goal-line, as Wingate pushed for that all-important equaliser.
It was soon 2-0 however, a breakaway led to Diao's miscued shot somehow trickle inside the near-post from Quentin Monville's low driven cross after 64 minutes. The evening was made even worse following a controversial sending off of Ola Williams, who was given his marching orders after an exchange of words – to the confusion of supporters in attendance.
Tanasheh Abrahams' cross was met by Reece Beckles-Richards, whose placed attempt was kept out by the hand of Stephenson inside the penalty area – but no fortune fell Wingate's way. A third arrived on 68 minutes, Kam Guthmy collected Giddens' throw, ultimately bursting down the left and finishing with clout into the far corner.
The 10-men from Summers Lane sparked into life late on, Wales drove a half-volley across goal unable to guide his attempt into the far corner. Abrahams and Sellers combined for the latter to find Beckles, but Giddens wasn't to be beaten from close.
Report by Khalid Karimullah
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