Wingate & Finchley’s clash with top-of-the-table Bognor Regis Town ended in disappointment for Keith Rowland’s men, following two fortuitous second-half goals without reply. Spencer McCall had the opening chance cutting inside from the right, but found his curler hit straight at Daniel Lincoln.
James Crane broke to the inside left following Sami El-Abd’s looped ball over the top, but found Shane Gore out quick to smoother his low half-volley in a competitive, but quiet first 45. Following the restart, The Blues came out in inspired form. Steve Wales’ teasing near-post corner found Ahmet Rifat who headed narrowly wide. James Fraser’s precision cross forced Tanasheh Abrahams into a goal-saving, far-post hook to guide the danger away from Charlie Moone.
Just a minute short of the hour mark, a scramble from inside a packed six-yard box led to Gore initially doing well to deter Dan Beck from close-range, prior to the ball taking a deflection off the latter arriving to Chad Field who made no mistake with a tap-in. Sean Cronin could count himself unfortunate after coming within inches of clearing off the line.
Reece Beckles-Richards looked for a response with a long-range strike which hit the side-netting, after he latched onto Laney’s header. Crane looked for a speculative 25-yard curler which was matched by Gore at full stretch to palm away.
Laney broke away on the right flank crossing deep for Ryan Sellers at the far-post, who did well to leap highest, but just couldn’t place on target with the header going over the upright. Rifat connected with Luke Ifil’s chipped cross into the area, however his low directed header was hurriedly latched onto by Dan Lincoln.
Despite a wave of Wingate pressure, it was the visitors who doubled their advantage – four minutes from the end. Dylan Barnett’s near-post corner was met by Crane, who had a free header from 12-yards which sailed into the back of the net. Ben Pattie looked for the bottom corner in the hope of starting a fight back, but it wasn’t to arrive after Lincoln came across to collect his chance.
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Report by Khalid Karimullah