After 168 days, Wingate & Finchley were back in competitive action, but the night ended with crashing out of the London FA Senior Cup losing 3-1 AET at Hendon.
It was a cagey opening with conditions extremely windy, until a quarter of an hour in Tommy Brewer nearly converted a Blues cross just wide of his own net.
Shaun Lucien drifted a cross just wide of Fergal Hale-Brown's goal 10 minutes later.
The visitors hit home first on 28 minutes. Kavan Cotter's through ball was latched onto by Goldy Capela who confidently slotted past Jonathan North.
Minutes later, Spencer Knight's side had a host of chances. Bilal Sayoud dragged his shot wide on 31 minutes and five minutes following, Capela's one-on-one was denied by North.
Hendon hit on the break, but first Ahmet Rifat sweeped up before Hale-Brown stretched to his right to palm away Liam Brooks' diving header on 39 minutes.
Three minutes before the break, Capela struck inches wide past the left hand post, before Suleiman Bakalandwa's cross across the six yard box failed to be met by anyone for a clear tap in.
69 minutes passed when the hosts drew level. Lucien’s corner found a stooping Eddie Oshodi who bulleted a header across goal and in off the post.
Into the 95th minute of extra-time, Brooks picked up a loose ball and rocketed a left footed shot from 25-yards into the net to give the Greens a lead.
With the Finchley Men pressing, a loose pass was pounced on and in the 108th minute, Hale-Brown excellently denied Brooks but could do nothing to stop Samrai Gebrai stabbing home a third.
Report by Khalid Karimullah