It was a difficult afternoon on the road for Wingate & Finchley in their final game of 2018, after falling to a heavy 4-1 defeat in the non-league, north London derby at Enfield Town.
The first chance of proceedings fell to the hosts after three minutes when Billy Bricknell lined up for a strike across goal, but Sean Cronin was out quickly to make a defining block.
With ten minutes on the clock, the Towners took the lead in controversial fashion. Aaron Greene and Ryan Blackman combined down the left - moments after Cronin was swiped out on the edge of the Finchley Men's own area. The latter then placed across for Muhammadu Faal to stab in at the near-post.
Eight minutes on, the visitors created their first opening. Loic Hernandez and Carl Stewart combined on the inside left and the latter dropped a ball inside the area for Rob Laney, who headed just wide past the left post.
It was double-trouble for Glen Little's side on 21 minutes. Bricknell broke away from a loose pass and placed across for Faal to latch on, who then slipped a shot past the advancing Shane Gore.
Potential was still there for a comeback on 23 minutes when Layne Eadie's perfectly-placed cross evaded the run of Laney and David Manu. Yet when the chance looked gone, Luke Ifil had other ideas. His deep cross arrived to Laney, who again headed just past the upright as the half fizzled out.
Four minutes after the restart, Manu gave the Blues hope. After hustling for possession off Dan Rumens deep in the final third, he burst past Mickey Parcell and Blackman before a clinical finish across Joe Wright.
That momentum came crashing down two minutes on. Faal was deemed to have been pulled back in the box for Bricknell to just about squeeze his spot-kick past Gore - who got a hand to it.
With 63 minutes gone, Chace O'Neill tested Wright with a standing dipper who made a comfortable save.
But all hopes of a derby day resurgence was put to bed seven minutes from time. Bilal Sayoud's whipped cross from the left wing was headed into a gaping net by Junior Mubiayi.
Ironically, Enfield had their boxing day gift of Blues record appearance holder, Marc Weatherstone to thank for a largely stern rearguard.
Report by Khalid Karimullah