Wingate & Finchley dominated the majority of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burgess Hill Town, but left it until late on to secure all three points.
In the opening stages, Marc Charles-Smith fired well over the bar before Sean Cronin saw his effort fly wide of the mark after good work from Reece Beckles-Richards. Beckles-Richards himself then forced Max Hunter into a smart save, after his shot was deflected twice on its way to the keeper – who went on to keep Burgess in the game on numerous occasions.
Minutes later, Beckles-Richards jinked passed two defenders but could only scuff his effort wide of the near post. Wingate’s dominant half continued with two consecutive corners, the first was blocked and the second headed over by Rob Laney.
The second half began with substitute Ben Pattie stepping up to take a free-kick, which forced Hunter into an outstanding, fingertip save to force a corner. A few minutes later, Spencer McCall’s free kick was also bound for the top corner but Hunter, once again, tipped the effort over the crossbar.
However, Hunter's – and Burgess’ – resistance didn’t last much longer as Rob Laney met McCall’s corner at the front post and emphatically headed home to finally break the deadlock. Ten minutes later, the same combination nearly forced a second, but Laney volleyed over from McCall’s looping cross towards the far post.
Burgess’ first shot on target saw James Richmond head towards goal, but Shane Gore was forced into a save and Laney was on hand to clear. Hakeem Adelakun’s free kick soon after lacked enough curl to find its way on target.
In the dying embers, Laney doubled his tally by curling an effort into the bottom left hand corner, after McCall found the striker in space on the edge of the box – as the game ended 2-0 to the hosts.
WingateTV: Rob Laney and Joe Kizzi post Burgess Hill Town: HERE
Report by Nikhil Saglani