Wingate & Finchley were unable to use the momentum of Saturday’s win at Kingstonian as a springboard towards survival, as AFC Hornchurch ran out 3-0 winners on a rainy Tuesday night.
The game began evenly, with Dave Norman’s side arguably having the better of the ball going forwards in the early exchanges. The Blues had the opening chance of the game, but Tanasheh Abrahams fired well over after his teammates had combined well inside the area.
Just after the half hour mark, the hosts took the lead as Charlie Stimson took advantage of a lapse in the Wingate defence and fired past a helpless Shane Gore.
Irnti Rapai sought a quick reply but could only find the side netting with his effort from inside the area, before Gore denied Sean Marks with his legs after the striker had the goal gaping upon receiving a cut back.
A half time change allowed Wingate to control the proceedings early on, with Alieu Njie heading over from a corner early on. Minutes later, Reece Beckles attempted a stupendous knuckleball free kick but saw it saved by Calum Chafer.
The hosts continued to threaten on the break, forcing Norman’s side to make last ditch challenges and clearances. Wingate’s best chance of the night fell 10 minutes before time as Charlie Cole headed onto the crossbar before Abrahams and Rapai saw their shots do everything but go in.
Against the run of play, minutes later, Joe Christou curled home from outside the area at Gore’s near post to seal the victory before Ronnie Winn lashed home a third with minutes to spare.
The result consigns Wingate to 20th spot with league leaders, Dorking up next.
Report by Nikhil Saglani