An action packed period of second half stoppage time saw four goals fly in at the Fullicks Stadium in a 2-2 draw between Folkestone Invitcta and Wingate & Finchley.
The first action of the game saw Tanasheh Abrahams go for goal from kick-off, but he saw his on-target effort easily held by Tim Roberts. Three minutes later, Irnti Rapai attempted an audacious lob from inside the area after receiving the ball from the left wing, but his effort struck the side netting, only marginally evading the right-hand post.
Reece Beckles had Wingate’s next effort, in a half dominated by the Blues, but saw it blocked for a corner.
The second half saw the hosts push for a winning goal in their play-off push, but the relegation-threatened visitors held off well for the majority of the half. Scott Heard beat the offside trap for Invicta and found himself one-on-one with the untroubled Shane Gore, and somehow fired wide of the right hand post.
On 72 minutes, a brawl broke out between the two sides and Wingate’s Ahmet Rifat was sent off for his part in the scuffle. No Folkestone players met the same punishment for their involvement. 10-man Wingate were left with an uphill battle to secure points at a tough away game.
Six minutes after the red card, Ade Yusuff was played in on goal but was prevented from opening the scoring by an outstanding, last-ditch Alieu Njie tackle.
After six minutes of stoppage time were indicated by the fourth official, the referee pointed to the spot - awarding the hosts a penalty after Gore was adjudged to have brought down Scott Heard. Ian Draycott stepped up and, despite the Wingate stopper guessing correctly, scored. Three minutes later, Yusuff atoned for his earlier chance and struck home from 20 yards out to double the lead, and seemingly put the game out of sight.
However, the drama didn’t quite end there. Straight from kick-off, the Blues took advantage of Folkestone’s lapse in concentration and Anthony Mendy was played in on goal, finishing easily past Roberts to halve the deficit. But the action still wasn’t over as, in the dying embers of the match, Sean Cronin flicked on a cross to the feet of his centre back partner, Njie who slammed home his second goal in three games to level the game after approximately 100 minutes - causing scenes of jubilation in the away end.
The point keeps Wingate in 20th position with a game in hand over their rivals near the foot of the table.
Report by Nikhil Saglani