Monday 30th January 2017

  • 1

    Kingstonian

    Hogg 38

  • 2

    Wingate & Finchley

    Laney 22
    Pattie 90

Ryman League Premier

It was a case of Ben-d it like Pattie for Wingate when the striker's last minute free kick sealed a 2-1 victory over Kingstonian at Kingsmeadow. Rob Laney had headed the Blues into an early lead but Bruce Hogg pulled the hosts level just before half time.

The second half ebbed and flowed but, just as the sides began to settle for a point, Pattie rifled in a free kick with the last touch of the game to hand Wingate all three points. Wingate's unbeaten streak now runs to 12 games and they've propelled themselves up the table, travelling home last night outside the playoff spots on goal difference.

The Blues came into this game having not lost since December 17th and the early pressure went the way of the visitors. Steve Wales and Tommy Tejan-Sie both nestled early shots in the stands behind Rob Tolfrey's goal while at the other end Shane Gore did well to beat away Lewis Taylor's shot at his near post. But the Blues took the lead after 22 minutes when Laney rose to meet Tanasheh Abrahams pinpoint cross and loop his header over Tolfrey.

The Kingsmen had the ball in Wingate's net two minutes later but the offside flag had gone up well before the deciding touch. But the hosts were creeping into the game and they eventually pulled themselves level through Bruce Hogg's thundering 38th minute shot. Gore made another low stop to deny Joe Turner on the stroke of halftime and the sides remained equal at the break. The second half very much went through the motions.

Neither side was able to stamp their authority on a rain-slicked Kingsmeadow pitch and it looked increasingly like the game was petering out to a score draw. But Wingate fans held their breath as Pattie - on as a substitute - stood over a 93rd minute free kick, awarded after Tejan-Sie was tripped just outside the box.

The striker stepped up and dispatched the ball over the wall and in to the net via the post to send the travelling support into delirious raptures. The cheers from fans and players went on well after the final whistle, all involved swept up by the crest of the 12 game unbeaten wave Wingate are currently riding.

It could be lucky 13 if the Blues can avoid a loss on Saturday and to do it against local rivals Enfield would surely be the icing on the cake.

WingateTV: Rob Laney Post Kingstonian: HERE

Report by Nikhil Saglani

Lineup

  1. Gore
  2. Young
  3. Sellers
  4. Vilcu
  5. Cronin
  6. Rifat
  7. 69

  8. Wales
  9. McCall
  10. Laney
  11. 69

  12. Abrahams
  13. Tejan-Sie

Subs

  1. Gibbons
  2. 69

  3. Pattie
  4. Sharpe
  5. 69

  6. Ifil
  7. Obafemi

Referee

Andreas Anastasiou

Attendance

252