Wingate & Finchley were outstanding in a 1-0 win at home to Haringey Borough, a first league win for Steve Clark’s new-look Blues side.
The derby began with Shane Gore continuing his great record against the Boro, making a crucial save at his near post to prevent an opening goal.
Just after the quarter of the hour mark, Anthony Mendy curler a shout from the edge of the box but Valery Pajetet was equal to it, parrying it for a corner. Mendy came close again, poking an effort just over the bar after Luke Ifil whipped in a teasing cross from the right wing.
The second half was a more intriguing affair, with both sides cautious not to fall behind while also seeking a route into the lead. Olumide Oluwatimilehin found the side netting, via a deflection, as Wingate broke after an hour. The Blues were encouraged by this and, ten minutes later, Oluwatimilehin turned provider. Tage Kennedy raced onto a through ball, beat a defender for pace and lashed across goal to open to scoring.
Wingate had the chance to double their lead late on from the spot but Sean Cronin saw his penalty well saved by the impressive Pajetet.
In the dying embers, Gore was forced into a final wonder save - tipping Anthos Solomou’s side footed effort over the bar from a close distance.
The Blues held on for their first league win of the season and a second consecutive clean sheet.
Report by Nikhil Saglani