Saturday 20th April 2019

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    Wingate & Finchley

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Bostik League Premier

Wingate & Finchley were unable to bolster their survival hopes on Saturday, losing 1-0 against Margate at the Maurice Rebak Stadium. The match wasn’t littered with chances but the Blues were on top for large periods of the match, including a period of high pressure on Margate’s goal in the latter stages of the contest. The first decent chance came just before 15 minutes; Anthony Mendy did well to drive through the Margate defence and made space for a shot but his attempt dragged wide of the far post. Mendy had another opportunity not long after having been played through by a pinpoint pass; just before the striker was able to advance towards goal he was denied by a great tackle from Ben Fitchett. The first half petered out and given the implications of the match for the hosts, they went into half time knowing that despite having the better of possession and chances in the first, the second period required an improvement if they were to get a result. As with the end of the first half, the beginning of the second was cagier than the early stages had been, with no real chances being created for the first 15 minutes of the half. It was evident that the match was there for the taking for either side and on the hour mark, it was the visitors that grabbed it by the scruff of the neck. Noel Leighton won a free kick 25 yards from goal and despite what looked to be an advantage played, the referee pulled it back for the set piece. Connor Dymond rolled the ball to Leighton who took aim and fired under the wall and into the back of the net. Margate had a good chance to double their advantage just minutes after their first; the ball was played over the top and Marshall Wratten was there to meet it, but the forward could only fire against the side netting. The 75 minute mark signified the beginning of a sustained period of Wingate pressure that would last until the final whistle. First to have a go was substitute Claudiu Vilcu who received the ball from Reece Beckles-Richards but was only able to smash one over the bar from the edge of the box. The closest Blues attempt to a goal all match came with just over 10 minutes remaining. A pair of great chances began with Beckles-Richards being set through on goal but tackled right at the death by Fitchett, who was solid all afternoon. The ball eventually fell to Mendy inside the box who struck a first time shot that cannoned off of the underside of the bar and bounced on the goal line, the referee adjudging the ball to have not crossed the line. As the clock ticked down, the Blues’ pressure didn’t let up. With five minutes to go, a free kick resulted in a scramble in the Margate area with several shots blocked, however none could find the back of the net. As the match entered five minutes of injury time, there was time for one last chance. Beckles-Richards received the ball from a cross and shot, but his attempt, which looked to be dipping over Kleton Perntreou, was tipped over the bar. This defeat signified the fourth in a row for Wingate; form which must improve in their last two games if they are to survive. The Blues play again on Easter Monday, away at 2nd placed Haringey Borough.

Report by Jamie Grossman


  1. Gore
  2. 77

  3. Williams
  4. Eadie
  5. Rifat
  6. Cronin
  7. Njie
  8. 71

  9. Dom-Afriyie
  10. Beckles
  11. 64

  12. Rapai
  13. Mendy
  14. Abrahams


  1. Ruff
  2. Cole
  3. 64

  4. Laney
  5. 77

  6. Ifil
  7. 71

  8. Vilcu