Wingate & Finchley suffered their fourth 2-1 defeat in five matches as they were beaten by Cheshunt in a big match at the bottom of the BetVictor Isthmian Premier Division.
Former Blues player Reece Beckles-Richards had put the visitors ahead before Sean Grace’s deflected equaliser, however a penalty converted by Ryan Moss with 20 minutes to go gave Cheshunt all three points.
The early exchanges of the match saw opportunities for both sides; Beckles-Richards flashed a shot wide for Cheshunt and Oluwaseun Akinsanya rounded Harry Girling before taking the ball too wide to apply the finish after 8 minutes.
The rest of the first period was fairly cagey, with both sides not wanting to concede before the break.
However, the breakthrough came 6 minutes before half time. A long throw found its way to Beckles-Richards who poked home at the back post on his return to the Maurice Rebak Stadium following his move last summer.
Wingate showed resolve to claw themselves back into the contest, equalising on 52 minutes. A corner fell to Grace on the edge of the box, and the centre-back poked home a deflected finish to score his first goal in his current spell at the Blues.
The Blues comeback appeared to be complete on the hour, but Akinsanya’s goal was disallowed for offside before Grace’s header narrowly evaded the toe of Charlie Ruff a few yards out.
As so often seems to be the case for the Blues, they were unable to build on the goal and it was Cheshunt who got the opportunity to put themselves back ahead when Beckles-Richards was brought down by Ahmet Rifat.
Moss stepped up and converted confidently to score what turned out to be the winner, with Wingate unable to mount a second comeback.
Wingate will look to advance in the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday at home to Margate before looking for their first league win in two months away at Carshalton on Saturday.
Report by Jamie Grossman