Sat 29th February 2020

  • 1

    Wingate & Finchley

    Evans

  • 1

    Lewes

Isthmian Premier

Wingate & Finchley rued a missed opportunity to put more space between themselves and the relegation zone after their 1-1 draw with Lewes in a hard-fought contest at the Maurice Rebak Stadium.

The home side appeared to start brightly after Great Evans found himself in the opposition box in the second minute but his touch allowed a defender to get back in time to prevent the shot.

It wasn't long after when Ronnie Conlon sucker-punched the Blues to hand his side a crucial lead in the seventh minute.

Conlon's effort was essentially unstoppable as he found the top corner from outside the box, curling his shot beautifully past Shane Gore.

Spencer Knight's men refused to roll over, however, and on the 10th-minute mark Luke Ifil found himself with the perfect chance to equalise but unfortunately, his shot was straight down the throat of Nathan Stroomberg.

After numerous wasted opportunities, Wingate & Finchley finally scored in the 25th minute through Great Evans after some neat play in a tight space.

Ahmet Rifat was found by a deep cross which he then squared back to Evans who spun and hit his shot right into the bottom corner.

The second half proved less productive for both sides but the home team started brighter once more when Ifil's floated free-kick found Rifat who could only head over the crossbar.

Lewes took advantage of the Blues' desire to win by hitting them on the counter-attack often, with their best chance coming in the 69th minute.

James Hammond led a lightning-fast counter but luckily his effort was stopped smartly by Gore who refused to be beaten at his near post.

The 86th minute saw a flurry of chances for Knight's men with Kane Farrell's floated free-kick being tipped over the bar.

Sean Grace's powerful header from the resulting corner was blocked on the line while Rifat's follow-up was bent frustratingly just round the post.

The 1-1 draw felt more like a loss but Wingate & Finchley won't be too disheartened after a more than positive and successful month of results.

Report by Marwan Harraz

Lineup

  1. Gore
  2. Doyle
  3. Farrell
  4. Rifat
  5. 46

  6. Eales
  7. Platt
  8. Ifil
  9. Tejan-Sie
  10. Evans
  11. 84

  12. Ruff
  13. 67

  14. Antwi

Subs

    80

  1. Kennedy
  2. 71

  3. Bancroft
  4. 45

  5. Grace
  6. Woods-Garness
  7. Sayoud

Attendance

102

Referee

Michael Smith