Wingate & Finchley struggled to sustain any foothold on a lacklustre game at Summers Lane, with Harlow Town recording a 0-2 shut-out on a damp Tuesday evening.
The first chance, however, did fall the way of the Blues after 10 minutes. Lewis Putman's byline cross came out to Tommy Tejan-Sie, who shimmied onto his left prior to seeing his strike with clout blocked by Bill Plumpton, who rushed across the box.
Four minutes on, Reece Mitchell fed Putman from the inside left, who controlled prior to Paul Rodgers steering his goalbound effort clear from inside the six-yard box. The visitors left the hosts flabbergasted when Louis Yuill - from a full 30-yards out - rifled into the top right, leaving Shane Gore with no chance for the opening goal of the night after 20 minutes.
Nine minutes proceeded when it became double-trouble for Glen Little's troops. Matt Foy laid a header into the path of Tom Hitchcock, who jinked and played it Emile Acquah's way to finish within six-yards. Hitchcock's free-kick looked destined for the bottom left on 39 minutes, but Gore hurried across to parry away. Four minutes prior to the break, Carl Stewart drove forward and slipped Mitchell down the inside right, whose shot across goal was held by Josh Bexon.
A minute into the restart, the Finchley men came within a whisker of pulling one back. Putman broke clear and despite placing an effort past Bexon, hit the post and trickled across the line. The last meaningful chance came as early as around the hour mark. Rob Laney flicked on Gore's goalkick into the path of David Manu, whose near-post shot was palmed by Bexon.
And the Hawks kept any chance of a comeback grounded, with every avenue attempted proving fruitless for the home side.
Report by Khalid Karimullah