Wingate & Finchley’s trip to the scenic south coast ended in disappointment following a 1-0 defeat to Folkestone Invicta. Joe Taylor’s prodded finish proved to be the difference – and the margin could have been bigger if not for an inspired Shane Gore. Sam Hasler played his free-kick deep to the far-post towards Taylor, who headed back across for Frankie Chappell to force Gore into a superb one-handed tip over the bar. Sam Beale’s cross was met by Taylor who headed straight at Gore from no more than six-yards.
The opening goal arrived after 12 minutes. Hasler’s corner saw Jordan Wright’s header saved by Gore, Beale’s placement was then blocked by McCall, who could do nothing to stop Taylor prodding in. Wright’s low drilled cross was met by Taylor from two-yards out whose near-post attempt was magnificently guided away by Gore. Wright latched onto possession playing across to Taylor, who looked to have a free header at goal, but Sean Cronin came across to steer clear.
Reece Beckles-Richards looked for a response on the counter, running the full length of the pitch, prior to cutting inside but ultimately dragging his shot wide of the right-hand post. Spencer McCall skilfully flicked towards Beckles-Richards, whose cross was controlled and set by Laney who fired over on the turn.
Ben Pattie’s low free-kick found Luke Ifil whose curler dipped to the left of Tim Roberts’ post. Tommy Tejan-Sie swerved a delightful pass to set Beckles-Richards away, whose low cross was taken just off the toes of Laney by Roberts. Just before the break, Wright’s cross found Taylor with a diving header, who placed over.
It was a near carbon-copy start to the second-half; Hasler curled his 20-yard free-kick just past Gore’s left post. Laney broke down the inside left channel crossing across the face of goal which evaded Tejan-Sie at full stretch. The Blues’ search for an equaliser almost came in the best move of the game. Laney and Tejan-Sie recycled possession, the former played out to Tanasheh Abrahams to cross deep to Afolabi Obafemi, who guided towards McCall whose header found Roberts in the right place.
McCall dropped a perfectly-weighted pass through to Cronin who on the half-volley just couldn’t get enough power as the attempt fizzed out. Ahmet Rifat’s pinpoint pass found Beckles-Richards who looked for Tejan-Sie, forcing Beale to hook clear. Tejan-Sie lined-up his free-kick from 25-yards out which curled wide, as any hope of a comeback faded.
Report by Khalid Karimullah