Forino-Joseph, Akinsanya (p)
Another lead slipped out of Wingate and Finchley’s grasp as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at Carshalton Athletic.
Ahead at the break through Christian Forino-Joseph’s header, it took just one second-half minute before the Blues gave away a penalty for Paris Hamilton-Downes to level.
Carshalton were 3-1 up by the 65th minute thanks to goals from Peter Adiniyi and Ricky Korboa before Oluwaseun Akinsanya pulled one back for the Blues in injury time.
The result means Wingate remain winless in 2020, having earned just two points since the start of December.
The Blues could have taken the lead inside 60 seconds but goalkeeper Kleton Perntreou did brilliantly to divert Charlie Ruff’s header away from the bottom corner.
But the breakthrough came on the 18th minute, when a short corner allowed Johnville Renee to pop a ball up for Forino-Joseph to head into the roof of the net.
Wingate could have doubled their lead with 15 minutes left of the half but Olumide Oluwatimilehin contrived to plant his shot from the edge of the box into Perntreou’s hands.
The Blues took that one-goal margin into the second half, but it was not to last long.
A clumsy tackle inside Wingate’s box saw Hamilton-Downes level the scores from the penalty spot after 48 minutes.
Adinbiyi’s deflected shot from the edge of the area 10 minutes later put the Robins 2-1 up and they never looked back.
A 65th minute mazy-dribble freed up enough space for Korboa to drive Carshalton’s third into the bottom corner, meaning even Akinsanya’s 91st minute penalty wouldn’t stop them taking all three points.
It’s Margate in the Velocity Cup next for Wingate before a return to league action against relegation rivals Brightlingsea Regent.
Report by Andrew Gerlis