Own goal 90
Wingate & Finchley showed sheer resilience at Champion Hill against top of the table Dulwich Hamlet, after coming from a goal down to take home all the spoils in a late 2-1 victory in The Bostik League. It wasn’t plain sailing for the hosts who had led since the 45th minute, following Ibrahim Kargbo’s dismissal with 50 minutes still to play; nevertheless Keith Rowland’s side got their just rewards for never giving up the good fight.
A tight 17 minutes, without any real sign of rewards or danger, led to Reise Allassani breaking between the lines for a one-on-one, only for Jake Eales to recover superbly with a defining challenge. Allassani flashed wide across goal from outside the box three minutes later. In the 23rd minute, a goalmouth scramble inside the six-yard box led to Shane Gore and his upright keeping out The Hamlet.
Five minutes on at the other end, Nathan Mavila’s cross dropped inches over the head of Marc Charles-Smith inside six-yards, prior to Quentin Monville miscuing Rob Laney’s set-up. Reece Beckles-Richards controlled Mavila’s cross and poked just wide from inside the area on 36 minutes.
Kargbo saw red for an over the ball challenge on Charley Barker with 40 minutes played, but that didn’t stop Gavin Rose’s side taking the lead. Nyren Clunis latched onto a drop down on the inside left and tucked it across goal into the far corner reaching the 45th minute. Ten minutes following the restart, Luke Ifil took aim from 30-yards which failed to trouble Preston Edwards. Beckles-Richards broke to the edge of the box and dragged his shot inches past the left post with 64 minutes played.
Afolabi Obafemi then struck gold for The Blues after bursting onto possession and rounding Edwards, who could only watch as the ball rolled into an empty net with 14 minutes remaining. With 10 minutes to play, Clunis came within a whisker of scoring his second after racing through on goal – and with 700 plus waiting to see the ball hit the back of the net – he somehow placed his shot against the post.
Ben Pattie’s curled free-kick dropped into the arms of Edwards five minutes later, prior to his audacious lob from wide left being tipped away. And in stoppage-time, the Wingate faithful were sent into raptures. Mavila’s driven burst and byline cross was converted into his own net by Rickie Hayles, for a satisfying night.
WingateTV: Afolabi Obafemi and Nathan Mavila post Dulwich Hamlet: HERE
Report by Khalid Karimullah