Wingate & Finchley were sadly knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup after falling to a 4-1 defeat to Folkestone Invicta in the first qualifying round at the Maurice Rebak Stadium on Wednesday night.
The opening stages of the match saw both sides measure each other out until the away team scored in the 24th minute through Ian Draycott, thanks to a defensive mix-up for the home side.
Shortly after, the Blues were punished again as yet another through-ball cut through the defence with Folkestone's David Smith pouncing at the back post to extend their lead in the 31st minute.
Spencer Knight resorted to a substitution at half-time in order to spark a response from his men, bringing on Suleiman Bakalandwa as a replacement for Yanick Kissi.
Bakalandwa's liveliness was shortlived though as the Seasiders punished Wingate on the counter-attack with Scott Heard scoring in the 55th minute after some neat play with Jordan Wright.
Folkestone's third goal seemed to shock the home side into life as they dominated for the next 20 minutes, though their corner scrambles and shot-cum-crosses failed to be converted.
The visitors then regained control of the intense tie and had it not been for Timothy Roberts' heroic saves in the final 15 minutes of the match, they would've humiliated Wingate & Finchley.
Late drama filled the dying embers of the clash as Folkestone converted their penalty on the second try, having initially won it due to a handball from Samir Bihmoutine.
The home team didn't completely roll over however and managed to find a consolation goal through Chris Doyle who tapped in Bilal Sayoud's cross in the 90th minute to send fans home with at least one thing to be pleased with.
Report by Marwan Harraz