Wingate & Finchley suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat away to playoff chasers Carshalton Athletic on Saturday.
During the opening exchanges of the match, whilst the hosts were generally on top, both sides had opportunities to go in front; Jacob Mendy and Tommy Bradford saw attempts missed and saved for Carshalton and Irnti Rapai flashed a shot wide for Wingate.
Carshalton took the lead on 25 minutes when Harry Ottaway headed in from a corner with Shane Gore unable to deal with the danger.
Minutes before the break, following two chances at both ends the score somehow remained at 1-0.
First, Sean Cronin headed the ball across to Claudiu Vilcu who somehow missed from a few yards out after being set up by his centre-back partner. At the other end, Carshalton were through on goal but Gore first prevented the striker from getting a shot away before making a great save seconds later. Wingate looked to go into half time with just a 1-0 deficit however a suckerpunch came on 45 minutes; from a Blues free kick, Ricky Korboa was played through on goal and finished well past Gore, making it 2-0 to the hosts.
As with the first, the early stages of the second half was not hugely eventful, although Carshalton came closest in this period.
The hosts made it 3-0 just after the hour mark; Ottaway's shot was saved by Gore but deflected off substitute Alieu Njie and rolled into the net.
Faint hopes of a comeback were revived just two minutes later, however. Charlie Cole pulled it back for Anthony Mendy who tapped in at the near post to make it 3-1.
Yet, the playoff-chasing hosts put these hopes to bed with 20 minutes to go. Korboa grabbed his second of the afternoon, slotting past Gore having been played through by Ottaway.
Wingate's misery was compounded with 3 minutes to go; Korboa controlled the ball and curled into the far corner to grab his hattrick, by far his best goal of the afternoon to make it 5-1.
Wingate will be looking to next week's huge game against relegation rivals Corinthian-Casuals for a result after being outclassed by a Carshalton side who were far superior on the day.
Report by Jamie Grossman