Wingate & Finchley picked up a crucial victory in their relegation battle at the ProKit Stadium on Saturday, running out 1-0 victory over Bishop’s Stortford.
The match was relatively short on clear-cut chances however Wingate certainly had the better of both halves. The vital win came courtesy of an injury-time goal by substitute Bilal Sayoud, giving Blues fans their first league win to celebrate in 84 days.
The first half was relatively sparse with chances, with the Blues coming the closest via Fumanya Shomotun’s curled strike after the winger cut inside.
The second period began with the hosts growing into the game, testing Shane Gore through a couple of shots inside the box.
Wingate found themselves with a superb opportunity to put themselves ahead when Toby Bancroft was brought down in the box.
Tage Kennedy stepped up on 54 minutes but saw his penalty saved by Frederick Burbidge.
As the game grew on it was clear that one goal would win it for either side, and with Wingate still on top it appeared that it was there for the taking.
The deadlock was finally broken deep into injury time when substitutes Charlie Ruff and Sayoud linked up from Chris Doyle’s cross; Ruff squared it to Sayoud, who smashed the ball home from close range to steal the three points.
Wingate earning their third win of the season through such a show of resilience and heart will surely provide some hope that their fight to avoid relegation is far from over.
Report by Jamie Grossman