Saturday 8th December 2018

  • 2

    Margate

    Murphy 25
    Swift 59

  • 2

    Wingate & Finchley

    Laney 8
    Hernandez 90

Bostik League Premier

Wingate & Finchley's battling spirit deserved all three points at Hartsdown Park - yet had to settle for a share of the spoils - after a late and dramatic equaliser from Loic Hernandez drew the curtains on a 2-2 draw with Margate. Within six minutes, the hosts' George Brown looked to fire across Shane Gore from the inside right, but the stopper was out quick to pat away.

Two minutes on, the Blues hit jackpot on the coast. Tommy-Tejan Sie's creative surge won a corner. Reece Beckles-Richards' well-taken delivery was attacked by Rob Laney, who headed inside the near-post. On 16 minutes, Tom Murphy's rocket from distance rebounded off the underside of the upright after the feintest of touches from Gore.

Seven minutes on, Laney slipped Reece Mitchell down the right, whose cross found Lewis Putman, yet Jack Paxman made the block from a yard out. The Gate levelled terms on 25 minutes. A counter by the hosts from a corner - which Sean Cronin came close to doubling the north Londoners' lead - saw Paxman break down the right and find Murphy, who slid in at the back-post.

Ten minutes on, Putman fed Beckles-Richards, whose delayed strike for the bottom left was kept out. In the last meaningful chance of the half, Connor Dymond felt lucky three minutes on, whose menacing strike from afar evaded the upright. Four minutes into the restart, Mitchell's cross saw Lee Prescott block Cronin's volley, then turn away Laney's close-range strike.

Beckles-Richards recycled to Laney, who gifted Putman an opening to hit wayward six minutes on. The home side took the lead on 59 minutes. Alex Flisher's long throw was punched by Gore, yet the cross was returned for Ben Swift to guide in. Laney came close on 65 minutes, as he curled across from the inside left which evaded the right post.

Two minutes later, Charlie Ruff's curler beat Louis Wells from the inside left, yet hit the right post. At the other end, Paxman's one-two created an opening, only to power over on 82 minutes. Charlie Cole hustled and picked out Laney - whose header looked destined to go in - until Wells pulled off an astonishing stop two minutes on.

Glen Little's side grabbed an all-important equaliser in the 92nd minute. Ruff's trickery and shot for the bottom right was palmed out, Cole floated it back in for Hernandez to rifle past Wells and ensure the Blues took their deserved point.

Report by Khalid Karimullah

Lineup

  1. Gore
  2. Ifil
  3. Hernandez
  4. Williams
  5. Cronin
  6. 80

  7. Tejan-Sie
  8. 64

  9. Mitchell
  10. Stewart
  11. Putman
  12. Laney
  13. 66

  14. Beckles

Subs

    64

  1. Ruff
  2. 80

  3. Cole
  4. 66

  5. Manu
  6. Hutchings
  7. Eadie

Referee

George Warren

Attendance

73