Wingate and Finchley’s winning run came to an end with a 2-0 loss away to Hornchurch FC.
The Blues never really got going and found themselves 1-0 down on the stroke of half-time through Charlie Dickson’s fortunate goal.
Despite the wake-up call, Wingate didn’t look any different in the second half and Joe Christou doubled Hornchurch’s lead with half an hour remaining.
No real chances of note for the Blues and they’ll have to dust themselves off ahead of next week’s FA Cup match.
The early warning signs were there for Wingate.
Dickson could have opened the scoring early on but saw his effort parried by Shane Gore. The resulting corner found its way back into the box and Dickson was there again, this time glancing his header wide.
Dickson was on hand again half-an-hour in but poked his volley over the bar after holding off Wingate’s centre-backs.
Anthony Mendy rifled a shot into Hornchurch’s side netting, but it was a counter-attack just before the break that smashed the deadlock.
Daniel Uchechi twisted and turned in midfield, confusing not just Wingate’s defenders but the referee, who inadvertently blocked off Ahmet Rifat and allowed Uchechi to play in Dickson to slot Hornchurch 1-0 up.
The second-half mirrored the first perfectly – an early chance fell Hornchurch’s way as Matt Johnson broke from our corner, beat three defenders and saw his shot expertly blocked by an on-rushing Gore.
The hosts crept ever closer and, after flashing a few speculative efforts wide, Christou rifled Hornchurch’s second in from the edge of the box after 65 minutes.
The Blues required goal-line clearances from Alieu Njie and Mason Hall to keep the score respectable, but as a collective they didn’t give a great account of themselves on the day.
Next up is an all-important FA Cup Qualifying Round tie at home to London Colney.
Report by Andrew Gerlis