Oluwaseun Akinsanya scored his first Wingate and Finchley hat-trick as they played out a dramatic 3-3 draw with Corinthian Casuals on Saturday afternoon.
After going behind and levelling the scores twice, Akinsanya scored what looked to be the winner in the 87th minute.
But a 97th minute equaliser for the Casuals saw the spoils shared and ensured yet another late heartbreak for Spencer Knight’s men.
An unusually quiet Christmas period for the Blues means they have time to regroup ahead of what looks set to be a relegation battle in the New Year.
Barely 10 minutes had been played before Wingate were behind through a freak cross from Benjamin Checklit that flew into the back of the net.
Both goalkeepers were called into action as the game flowed from end to end – something that would happen until the final whistle.
But Akinsanya pulled the Blues level with a header from close range with five minutes left in the first half.
The second half picked up where the first left off and both sides came close before Oliver Sitch put the home team ahead from a narrow angle after 63 minutes.
But another header from Akinsanya levelled up the scores once again with 15 minutes left.
And with three minutes of regular time remaining, his hat-trick handed Wingate the lead for the first time in the match.
The Blues then had to hold on for ten minutes as the referee played out seven minutes of injury time, but it was to no avail.
With almost the last kick of the game, Hakeem Adelakun scored from a corner and both sides left with a point.
Wingate’s last game of 2019 will be at home to Potters Bar on Saturday 21st. They then need to make getting out of the relegation zone their New Year’s resolution.
Report by Andrew Gerlis