In what can only be described as a smash and grab performance, Wingate & Finchley secured a superb comeback win vs East Thurrock United on Saturday afternoon.
The home side started poorly, conceding a goal on the four-minute mark after losing the ball in their own defensive third with Darren Foxley netting for the visitors.
Other than Jamie Jellis' fine free-kick in the 9th minute nearly squirming through East Thurrock United's Jack Gidden's, there wasn't much else to shout about in the first half.
The play was sloppy all around with Wingate & Finchley struggling to hold onto the ball and create more than just sporadic shots on goal with the better chances falling to the away side.
Half-time brought some much-needed fire in the belly as the home team began to pick themselves up as they chased an equaliser.
Frankie Merrifield's effort in the 53rd minute forced a good save out of Shane Gore while Amos Nasha Junior's 25 yeard shot in the 64th minute flew over the crossbar.
Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, Alphanso Kennedy scored in the 79th minute after some brilliant play from Fumnaya Shomotun with the latter chipping the ball to the former who then turned two defenders to power his shot home at the near post, fooling East Thurrock's Gidden.
Wingate & Finchley grew from strength to strength as substitute Charlie Ruff surged into the box in the 81st minute to square the ball to fellow substitute Jayden Antwi who unfortunately couldn't keep his shot on target.
Luckily the home team didn't need to despair for long as Ahmet Rifat passed the ball to Shomotun who grabbed his second assist in five minutes as he played Ruff in once more to convert at the far post this time around, sparking wild celebrations from the fans.
Captain Gore came to the rescue once again, putting in a superb save to deny an equaliser from East Thurrock United in the 89th minute as the match ended nervously for the home side.
The full-time whistle came around to hand Wingate & Finchley their first home league win since August with the boys picking up momentum of late, garnering seven points in their three last matches to drag the team off of the bottom of the table.
Report by Marwan Harraz