Wingate and Finchley fell to a lacklustre 3-0 defeat to Harrow Borough on Tuesday night. Despite short periods in the match where Wingate seemed to be in the game, the home side were largely in control and clinched the victory courtesy of goals by Charles Banya, Adam Richards and Taurean Roberts.
The opening stages of the match lacked any clear opportunities however the breakthrough came after twelve minutes. Banya collected the ball and took it through the Wingate defence without a challenge and then released a left footed shot into the corner past Reuben Rabstein to give Harrow the lead.
Goalscorer Banya had the chance to extend Harrow’s lead with a free kick however Rabstein was able to comfortably save the effort. Wingate had many opportunities to get back into the match – first Reece Beckles-Richards’ acrobatic effort was palmed away by ‘keeper Melvin Minter then Ahmet Rifat, who was making his 400th appearance for the club, met Luke Ifil’s cross however his header was tipped just over the bar.
Despite the chances that the Blues had, it was the home side who grabbed a goal in the last action of the first half. After Rabstein saved Roberts’ effort well, Richards headed in from close range to double Harrow’s advantage. Much like the period between Harrow’s first two goals, Wingate seemed to still be in the match despite trailing, and Rifat again saw a header from a Keir Dickson free kick caught by Minter. Beckles-Richards also saw an effort from inside the box fly wide after Dickson’s pass.
However, the Blues failed to make these chances count and Harrow added a third on 65 minutes when Banya surged down the right hand side and crossed for Roberts who finished calmly past Rabstein to put the match fully out of Wingate’s reach. Harrow substitute Anthony O’Connor should have made it four when he was set through on goal but he dragged his shot inches past the post and the match finished 3-0 to the home side.
Wingate will be disappointed by the nature of the defeat, which sees them drop down to 8th whilst victory for Harrow sees them overtake Wingate, although only by goals scored.
Report by Jamie Grossman