Wingate and Finchley travelled to the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium for their second North London Derby in less than 90 hours on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues were playing their first league game in 14 days, having had back-to-back wins in the London Senior Cup, Isthmian League Cup and a Middlesex Senior Cup.
They entered the game having smashed local rivals Hendon 3-1 on their own turf on Tuesday night and looked to carry that momentum into this game.
There were few events worthy of note in the early stages of the game, with a half chance by Olu Akinsanya being caught offside after a good through ball probably being the only highlight in the first quarter of the game.
Spencer Knight’s side finished the first half as the superior side as they started to dominate the game, placing several good shots. The deadlock was broken on 37 minutes when Akinsanya hit the ball into the back of the net via his chest after he controlled the ball well after a free kick, taking the game into the break in Wingate’s favour.
The second half looked to be starting slowly again with no real threat by either side in the first five minutes. However, moments later, Akinsanya struck again. Charley O’Keefe drilled in a low cross, which went straight through the Enfield ‘keepers legs allowing a simple Akinsanya tap in.
Wingate’s clean sheet would be spoilt just moments later, when Town picked up the ball and shooting it past a helpless Shane Gore, taking the scoreline to 1-2. The mid and latter stages of the second half saw the sides making a spate of substitutions and both teams having some well taken but unlucky shots.
Finchley went into added time thinking that they had done enough to win only to have another superb victory cruelly snatched out of their hands. In the 95th minute the hosts won a free kick on the edge of their attacking box. The initial set piece frantically bounced around the crowded area before falling to the feet of the Enfield striker, Joe Payne, who subsequently equalised much to the bewilderment of the defending Wingate players.
An overall good performance with a credible draw against the 5th placed rivals would have been happily taken before the game, but the Blue’s decent show throughout the game should have earned them a better result.
Report by Josh Palmer