Wingate & Finchley’s aim for a win at Victory Road failed to come to fruition following a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Leiston, in a brutally cold Bostik League clash. Irnti Rapai struck wide from 20-yards which beat Marcus Garnham, but narrowly missed the left post for a bright start by the north Londoners after three minutes.
With the wind picking up, Sean Cronin’s goal-line block ensured it stayed goalless, prior to Chris Henderson pulling his shot wide with 13 minutes gone. The hosts did take the lead in the 18th minute. Christy Finch broke free on the inside left, Shane Gore kept out his strike down low but Darren Mills tucked in the rebound.
In the 32nd minute, Rapai’s dangerous counter fell short on the edge of the box, only for Reece Beckles-Richards to latch on and fire over for the last meaningful action of the half. Three minutes following the break, the home side doubled their advantage. Gore rushed out but with Jake Reed’s momentum winning the ball, Finch collected his cross and slotted into an empty net.
55 minutes saw the Suffolk side make it 3-0. Finch was brought down inside the box, giving Jack Ainsley an opportunity to duly place his penalty away from Gore. Tommy Tejan-Sie, from a central position, struck inches past the right post from 18-yards out on 73 minutes. At the other end, Gore made a firm stop from Reed’s attempt seven minutes later.
Reaching 90 minutes, Finch bombarded down the left before crossing low and hard for Reed to guide inside the near-post for four.
Report by Khalid Karimullah