Wingate and Finchley were unable to end their losing streak on Wednesday night, when they lost 3-2 away at Kingstonian thanks to a goal moments from the end of the match.
The game couldn’t have started much worse for the visitors, when K’s player Ollie Cook slotted home from close range after a cross from a corner to put the hosts 1-0 up after just four minutes.
The Blues responded brightly to going a goal down, with an almost immediate response. Billy Healy forced a superb save from Kingstonians’ goalkeeper with a decent, well placed header from eight yards.
This was followed up by a period of dominance by Wingate, who would have a succession of chances up until half time. Some notable chances included Chris Doyle rifling the ball into the side netting from 30 yards out, two goalbound headers being narrowly blocked and another shot from Doyle hitting the crossbar. Somehow by half time Finchley found themselves a goal down, despite seeming the better side.
Disaster would strike again seconds into the second half, when Elliott Buchanan would double Kingstonian’s lead, scoring off of an attack almost straight from the restart.
Kavan Cotter would come to Wingate’s rescue on 51 minutes, scoring a stunning goal that was ultimately deserved by the Blues. Suleiman Bakalandwa squared the ball into the box, straight into the feet of Cotter, who, facing away from the goal, backheeled the ball, which evaded three defenders and a stunned ‘keeper to take Finchley back into the game.
The momentum would still carry on, with Wingate not giving up. Within five minutes, the Blues would find themselves back on level terms, when Bilal Sayoud crossed the ball across the goalmouth straight into the path of a waiting Bakalandwa, who steered it home from close range.
The game continued to see one way traffic in the mid and latter stages of the second half, with Mauro Vilhete heading the ball towards the goal, only for it to bounce off the underside of the bar, then land marginally on the wrong side of the goalline.
Ahmet Rifat was next to have a shot, when a corner came in and he headed the ball goalward, only for it to go narrowly wide.
Deep into added time at the end of the match, Kingstonian had an attack against the run of play, which was excruciatingly slotted past Myles Roberts, condemning Wingate to a fifth straight defeat of the season.
Report by Josh Palmer