Wingate & Finchley put on a know-how away performance at the Frost Financial Stadium to take home all three points in a deserved 4-1 defeat of Canvey Island. A fine Ben Pattie opener was followed by a blitzing hat-trick from in-form striker, Reece Beckles-Richards. The hosts came out the traps setting the pace on the front foot. Mitchell Gilbey did well to keep his swerving long-range attempt on target, but Shane Gore wasn’t to be denied. Gilbey’s free-kick from 25-yards again found Gore in inspired form to keep Canvey at bay.
The Blues soon found their feet, and the opening goal on 22 minutes. Steve Wales’ corner was flicked-on to the far-post by a defender towards Ahmet Rifat, whose header back towards goal was volleyed home via the bar by Pattie. Gilbey’s corner was met by Steve Sheehan whose header towards goal for an instant response was cleared off the line by Luke Ifil. The Gulls soon found an equaliser just eight minutes later. Dominic Green rifled the ball inside the near-post from outside the area following a surging run by George Sykes on the left flank.
Gore pulled out a tremendous close-range save to palm Gilbey’s header away, which gave the Blues added momentum for a marvellous second. The ‘keeper instantly directed his throw towards Ifil who on the turn played an eye-catching pass through to Beckles-Richards, to accurately lob Lewis Moore from 15-yards four minutes before the break.
Following the restart, Green’s corner was headed inches wide by Martin Tuohy – but it was Keith Rowland’s side who soon found a third with 25 minutes remaining. Beckles-Richards cut inside after a powerful drive inside the left channel before firing low and hard, howbeit his strike took a deflection off Ashley Dumas on the way in.
Beckles-Richards sealed his third in style, as he latched onto Rob Laney’s flick-on for a thunderous finish into the top left-hand corner from the edge of the area after 76 minutes. Chances galore followed from both teams. Ifil’s 20-yard piledriver deflected narrowly wide, then at the other end, Sykes was left frustrated by the legs of Gore.
Wingate could have added a fifth, though Ryan Sellers’ byline cross evaded Max Kyte with Wales’ sweetly struck back-post effort flying high and wide.
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Report by Khalid Karimullah