Saturday 15th February 2020

  • 2

    Wingate & Finchley

    Farrell, Ifil

  • 2

    Bowers & Pitsea

Isthmian Premier League

In what was a drama-filled fixture on a stormy afternoon, Wingate & Finchley managed to hold Bowers & Pitsea 2-2 at the Maurice Rebak stadium despite being down to ten men.

In the ninth minute the home side gave possession away dangerously in their own half to Brad Warner but luckily his effort was parried away by Shane Gore at his near post.

Bowers were a little lucky themselves to not give away a penalty after Alphanso Kennedy went over in the box in the 15th minute with the referee Toby Enstone waving away any claims.

The 19th minute saw two efforts stopped by Rob Small's men when Tommy Tejan-Sie opened himself up for a shot well but Callum Chafer saved unconventionally with his feet and Great Evans' follow-up effort was cleared to keep the scores at 0-0.

A crisis developed in the 22nd minute when Fumnaya Shomotun had to be substituted off for Toby Bancroft due to injury and it wasn't long after that Bowers & Pitsea won a controversial penalty that was converted by Bradley Warner.

Gore had guessed the correct way but unfortunately, Warner's effort was too accurate as it was blasted into the roof of the net.

The second half saw an improved performance from the Blues with Chris Doyle's shot in the 55th minute taking a deflection and looping out wide for a corner to put pressure on the away team.

Pressure turned into an equaliser with the home side taking advantage of the poor weather conditions, netting directly from Kane Farrell's corner with the wind helping his cross blow into the top corner in the 57th minute.

Unfortunately just as matters were picking up for Spencer Knight's men, Sean Grace was sent off in the 58th minute and Bowers & Pitsea were given yet another penalty.

However, Gore came to the rescue in dramatic fashion, guessing correctly again and getting his palm on it though it only cleared to an opposition player whose follow-up was dragged wide in the 60th minute.

Bowers though didn't deflate and instead made use of their numerical advantage with Warner cutting a pass back for Ben Sartain in the 72nd minute and luckily his shot ballooned over the bar.

It wasn't long after when the away team made sure they made it count as Jamie Dicks spun his man to drill a shot under Gore from close range to hand his side the lead in the 73rd minute.

The home side showed great character to keep going for an equaliser with Knight making positive and attacking substitutions despite being ten men.

Wingate & Finchley's bravery almost paid off when Farrell's corner once again looked to be heading in but instead it clipped the post and went wide in the 75th minute.

In the end, the Blues were rewarded with an equaliser in the 90th minute, sparking wild celebrations from the fans after Luke Ifil's low cross squirmed in under the goalkeeper to share the spoils between the two teams and help the home side remain within three points of the 19th spot in the table.

Report by Marwan Harraz

Lineup

  1. Gore
  2. Doyle
  3. Farrell
  4. Rifat
  5. Eales
  6. Grace
  7. 22

  8. Shomotun
  9. Tejan-Sie
  10. 74

  11. Evans
  12. Jellis
  13. 66

  14. Kennedy

Subs

    22

  1. Bancroft
  2. 66

  3. Ifil
  4. Ruff
  5. Platt
  6. 74

  7. Antwi

Attendance

119