Wingate & Finchley displayed the type of fighting spirit that would have pleased the home faithful following coming from a goal down to see off Kingstonian in a 2-1 victory.
The visitors started on the front foot by continuing to recycle possession, and it only took one defensive error at the back for The K’s to take the lead with seven minutes on the clock. Ryan Moss latching onto a through-ball from Joe Turner who gathered a loose pass deep in the hosts final-third before finishing well across Shane Gore.
Aaron Lamont came close to extending the lead, manoeuvring himself into space but placing his effort just wide of the near-post. The Blues soon found themselves back in the game on 34 minutes following a good spell of momentum. Midfield maestro, Tommy Tejan-Sie, interchanged with Luke Ifil who slid a pass along to Freddy Moncur, as he drifted inside drilling the ball into the bottom corner from 20-yards.
Gore needed to react quickly to deny Moss from a tight angle, Lamont’s ferocious dipper sailed over the crossbar. At the other end, Ahmet Rifat pulled off unmarked at the back-post meeting Steve Wales’ corner only to find his volley make its way over.
A carbon-copy opening to the second-half almost found the away fans in jubilant celebrations, only to find Gore in inspired form keeping out Moss’ curled attempt in a one-on-one. Wales’ cross was met on the volley from inside the area by Moncur forcing Aaron Goode to sweep up near the line. Reece Beckles-Richards took up a central position though his piledriver swerved and hit off the post.
Gore somehow kept out a dangerous free-kick from Pelayo Pico-Gomez, palming his zipped attempt over the bar. Keith Rowland’s side found themselves ahead 11 minutes from the end. A counter culminated in Ifil’s floated through-ball deep inside his own half freeing Rob Ogleby, who raced away prior to side footing across Rob Tolfrey.
With the last action of the game, Kingstonian came close to equalising through Goode’s close-range header, as a determined Gore dived low to his left to ensure all three points stayed in North Finchley.
WingateTV: Freddy Moncur and Rob Ogleby Post Kingstonian: HERE
Report by Khalid Karimullah