Rifat 3, Acheampong
Wingate and Finchley recorded their second 4-1 win at Summers Lane in 18 days, and their third win in four games with a victory over Corinthian Casuals.
The early stages of the game saw some end to end football, with both sides having some decent efforts. Firstly, Bilal Sayoud volleyed a cross towards goal but this effort floated into the arms of Casuals goalkeeper Daniel Bracken.
Almost immediately, up the other end, Casuals’ Dos Santos latches onto the ball, and rolled it past Wingates’ new ‘keeper Dante Baptiste, with Charlie Edwards being there to clear it before it crossed the line.
After a Corinthians free kick, Finchley counter attacked, with Sayoud playing a wicked ball across the six yard box, but a full stretched Duane Ofori Acheampong just couldn’t turn it in at the back post. The hosts would have a flurry of similar attack, all being narrowly missed, before visiting player Hakeem Adelakun was judged to have handled the ball with this arm, whilst trying to deflect a cross with his chest on 38 minutes.
With the call being given as a penalty, Ahmet Rifat rolled the ball into the bottom left corner, after Bracken had dived the wrong way, giving the Blues a 1-0 lead, which was subsequently taken into half time. Wingate almost had the perfect start to the second half, with Ofori Acheampong racing towards the goal, before missing the target by inches.
Disaster would strike for Wingate left than four minutes into the half, however, when Jack Strange got his head onto the end of a corner, heading into the back of the net to level the scoring.
The mid stages of the second half were again dominated by end to end play, with both sides looking to take the lead, and both sides coming close. It would take until the 77th minute for the inevitable goal to be scored, and it came in the favour of Wingate. A well taken corner by Luke Ifil was chested down by Rifat, who took a touch before firing into the bottom corner from close range to put the hosts in charge of the tie once again.
Ahmet would complete his hat trick six minutes later, latching onto another in swinging corner, this time from Sayoud, who coolly diverted into the back of the net.
With the game already having been put to bed, in the 91st minute Sayoud skilfully cut inside and crossed the ball to Ofori Acheampong, who diverts home at the near post, straight past a hapless ‘keeper.
The Blues are without a game this weekend, and are next in action on the 31st October, away at Coggeshall Town in the FA Trophy.
Report by Josh Palmer