Wingate & Finchley endured a hailstorm afternoon at Corinthian-Casuals - and not just weather-wise - after a 3-1 reverse at King George's Field saw them slip back into the danger zone with just three Bostik League games remaining.
Nevertheless, via Charlie Ruff's whipped in corner, Anthony Mendy volleyed wide of the upright within a bright opening eight minutes for the north Londoners.
Six minutes on, it was the hosts who took the lead, against the run of play. Majed Osman's strike took a massive deflection off Sean Cronin and past a helpless Shane Gore.
Ola Williams was played in down the inside right, but his cross looking for the run of Mendy was smothered by Daniel Bracken on 23 minutes.
Mendy broke down the right from outside to in on 38 minutes, yet his strike across goal saw Bracken make a smart parry.
With three minutes to go before the break, the Casuals doubled their lead. Warren Mfula hit an acrobatic snapshot past Gore from close - despite Dave Norman's side having the better of the momentum after going one down.
Nine minutes into the restart, Charlie Cole flashed a cross across goal which - with heads in hands - somehow evaded Mendy from a yard out.
And just five minutes on in a carbon-copy move, Layne Eadie shimmied his way into the box before seeing his cross go under Rob Laney's foot - also from a yard out.
Just past the hour mark, Ruff's corner was dropped into the six-yard box finding Laney, whose header missed the underside of the upright by inches.
The Blues hit one back on 72 minutes. Ruff's forward pass connected with Mendy who - despite fortune with the bounce - brought the ball under control prior to finishing clinically into the bottom corner.
Just as quickly as the Finchley Men's fortune was coming to fruition, misfortune arised on 74 minutes. A mishap deep at the back led to Osman firing in the killer blow to restore the hosts' two-goal advantage.
Reece Beckles-Richards thumped a strike from distance onto the crossbar in the closing stages, who then picked out Claudiu Vilcu rising up at the far post - but just as the day played out - the chance was missed.
Report by Khalid Karimullah