Wingate's slow start to the season continued away at Folkestone with a 4-1 defeat, extending the run of losses to three.
The Blues started off the game strongly, making a few key runs, resulting in several decent shots. Notable chances included a good run down the left by recent signing Mauro Vilhete, who beat three players before pulling the ball back to Goldy Capela, who would have his subsequent shot blocked.
The remainder of the first half saw few clear chances for either side, with there being several chances easily saved by the goalkeepers at both ends of the pitch. The game went into the break with both sides level, with little worthy of note occurring.
Folkestone seemed to come out for the second half as the stronger team, putting on pressure right from the kick off, which would eventually pay off.
Young ‘keeper Myles Roberts did well to make some good saves and clear the area from a flurry of corners, however he would eventually be beaten on 57 minutes, when Ahmet Rifat netted an own goal after taking a deflection.
The hosts’ lead would double just three minutes later, when Ian Draycott again beat Roberts, sliding in a low shot from just inside the six yard box.
Things would go from bad to worse for the visitors on 75 minutes, when yet another corner caused yet more havoc in the box, where Aaron Simpson scrambled the ball into the back of the net.
A glimmer of hope for a very late comeback came shortly after, when Vilhete collected a low cross from Tage Kennedy, beating the goalkeeper before shooting, with the ball being cleared off of the line by the last defender.
Five minutes from time, Wingate’s quick succession of attacks finally paid off. Suleiman Bakalandwa hit a cross into the box, which was then deliberately handballed by a Folkestone defender, before dispatching the resulting penalty straight into the top corner.
Just when every thought that the game was over, the hosts nicked a fourth goal in the third minute of added time at the end of the second half. A low cross was caught by Scott Heard, who tapped it in, taking the score up to 4-1, the same scoreline that Folkestone had won at Wingate in the FA Cup three days previous.
Report by Josh Palmer