Own goal 5
Wingate & Finchley made the long trip down south to take on Margate at Hartsdown Park with the goal of maintaining their winning ways in the Bostik League – and they managed to make it a Merry Christmas coming from 2-0 down to take away a 4-3 victory. Within three minutes, Quentin Monville’s strike trickled wide inside the box. Despite the strong opening, Kane Haysman’s cross from the left looking for Jordan Chiedozie was inadvertently turned in by Sean Cronin to give the home side a lead, with five minutes on the clock.
Ahmet Rifat set Reece Beckles-Richards for a powerful strike which flew wide on 23 minutes. Four minutes later, Monville’s cross from the right reached Rob Laney, who saw his aim for the top corner tipped over by James Russell. Monville then let fly from distance which failed to trouble Russell inside 34 minutes. 10 minutes passed when an adjudged tussle inside Wingate’s box led to Chiedozie stepping up from the spot and slotting in to double the hosts’ advantage. However, the never say die attitude that’s ever-present with The Blues came to fruition when Beckles-Richards’ low cross found Laney at the far-post whose shot took a deflection off Marc Charles-Smith on the stroke of 45 minutes.
Eight minutes following the restart, Rifat’s piledriver was blocked and Laney skewed wide. Beckles-Richards met Luke Ifil’s corner and saw his shot go through a crowd of Margate defenders, but find its way past the post three minutes on. It was all-level after 62 minutes when Nathan Mavila’s driven run past Jack Evans and Ben Swift eventually saw him clip the ball to the back post for Laney to volley home.
And Laney was at it again with 67 minutes played when he drifted to the back post and met Charles-Smith’s deep cross with a header back across goal – to send the away support into raptures. Monville was kept out from close and somehow, Russell tipped away Rifat’s top corner hit on 81 minutes. The visitors weren’t finished – and Ifil put his side on course for the win when he jinked past two defenders before slotting past Russell for four with 89 minutes gone.
A frenzied ending saw Claudiu Vilcu and Rifat both dismissed for what appeared to be dissent – following a contentious penalty awarded to The Gate. Chiedozie stepped up again from the spot and made it a one goal game deep in stoppage-time. Nevertheless, the nine-men from Summers Lane held out to ensure three points for Christmas.
WingateTV: Rob Laney and Dean Barker post Margate: HERE
Report by Khalid Karimullah
Sent off 90
Sent off 90