Wingate & Finchley’s winning run came to a halt at home to Bognor Regis Town, having to spend 65 minutes with ten men.
A quiet first half saw the first chance fall to the Blues, but Irnti Rapai couldn’t get enough power on his shot and Bognor cleared.
Shane Gore had to come out and collect a handful of through balls before the biggest controversy of the afternoon ensued.
Donovan Makoma and Bognor keeper, Dan Lincoln went up for a 50/50 ball, with the Wingate midfielder coaching the stopper in the face - unintentionally. However, the referee adjudged the Frenchman’s foot to have been too high and gave him his marching orders on 24 minutes.
The Blues held their own with 10 men before half time but neither side could find the net.
The first chance of the first half saw Anthony Mendy played in on goal but he was stopped by an on rushing Lincoln before he could shoot.
The visitors had still been reduced to long range pop shots but their dominance began to show as time ticked on and Mason Walsh opened the scoring on 70 minutes, running through the heart of the Blues defence and slotting beyond Gore.
Five minutes later, Walsh doubled his tally and put the game to bed; curling into Gore’s bottom right corner from the edge of the area after smart work down the Bognor right.
The Blues huffed and puffed but couldn’t find a way back into the game and move on to a tough test at Carshalton Athletic next week.
Report by Nikhil Saglani