Wingate and Finchley failed to make to build on recent momentum as they fell to a 2-0 home defeat to playoff chasers Carshalton Athletic.
Having progressed in the London Senior Cup, League Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup in recent games, including defeating arch rivals Hendon in their own back garden in the latter, as well as a credible draw away at rivals Enfield Town, Wingate were not successful in improving their league position.
The Blues knew that at draw or win would lift them out of the relegation zone, but the defeat consigned them to remain in 20th place.
During the opening stages of the game, Wingate looked like they could have bagged a goal or two, with several key efforts on goal. However Finchley failed to take their chances and it was Carshalton who opened the scoring, with Adeyinra Adeniyi collecting the ball after a smartly taken free kick, smashing it past a helpless Shane Gore.
Wingate would finish the half having had several shots and efforts on goal, but failed to capitalise on them and get on the scoresheet, which would ultimately cost them come the end of the game.
Alan Fleming was forced to remain on the sidelines upon the start of the second half due to an injury that he sustained earlier in the game, with Tanasheh Abrahams being brought on to replace him.
It took just six minutes into the half for Athletic to double their lead, with Christie Pattison beating Gore before stabbing the ball into the empty net, despite some calls that Gore may have been fouled in the build up.
Alex Read was brought on for Tommy Tejan-Sie with half an hour to go. Despite the result, the Blues kept on pushing at goal, which paid off on 63 minutes, when Read scored, but the referee ruled it out as Olu Akinsanya had been caught offside in the build up.
The next few minutes saw Olumide Oluwatimilehin hit the crossbar before Akinsanya missed a very good chance to pull one back for the home side. Henry Ochieng, who already has a couple of goals for the Blue to his name already this season, was brought on on 73 minutes, with the hope that he may be able to add to that tally. Unfortunately his efforts were in vain as little else worthy of note occurred for the remainder of the game, with both sides finding decent shots limited.
The result keeps Wingate in 20th place with a game in hand over the team directly below them. They also are level on points with the team just outside the relegation zone, behind on -2 goal difference.
We go again on Saturday against Hornchurch in yet another London derby, would will be our sixth in 25 days.
Report by Josh Palmer