Wingate and Finchley’s unbeaten start to the season continued with another 1-1 draw, this time it was with ten men at home to Kingstonian.
Much like Saturday’s stalemate, a 25-yard thunderbolt opened the scoring for the Blues, though on Tuesday it came from the boot of Tommy Tejan-Sie.
Ahmet Rifat then saw red for a second yellow before Sean Cronin nodded an early second-half own goal to level the scores.
The ten-men of Wingate battled bravely to hold out for a valuable point and keep new manager Steve Clark’s unbeaten run going.
It was a dream start for the Blues. Tejan-Sie’s first goal since September opened the scoring after three minutes, and what a strike it was.
Collecting a lay off from Marvin Morgan 25 yards out, Tejan-Sie shifted the ball on to his “weaker” right foot and lashed a shot into the top corner that even veteran Ks goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey couldn’t stop.
Captain Shane Gore was busy all evening and he was off his line quickly to deny Reece Hall from the edge of the box ten minutes in.
Just minutes after being booked for a seemingly innocuous challenge, Ahmet Rifat saw a second yellow for a far more crunching effort in midfield.
The Blues held on for the remaining 28 minutes of the first period, taking a 1-0 lead into the break despite their disadvantage.
A tactical switch saw a far more defensive Blues team take to the field in the second half.
But no tactics could have prepared Wingate for Sean Cronin’s misplaced back-pass just three minutes in – his header bounced off the post and behind a helpless Gore to pull Kingstonian level.
From that point on, the game was firmly played in Wingate’s half.
Shots were scuffed, blocked, blasted over and saved on the line as Kingstonian fought for an equaliser, but it never came.
And after what seemed like an hour’s worth of added time, the referee finally blew his whistle to confirm Wingate’s second point in as many games.
The Blues now host Bognor Regis on Saturday 17th as they look to add a win to their unbeaten run.
Report by Andrew Gerlis