Wingate & Finchley earned a scrappy 1-0 victory over play-off rivals Met Police on Saturday. The first half saw neither side really threaten the opposing goalkeeper, however Tom Bird and Alec Fidges for the visitors had long-range attempts well saved by Shane Gore.
The second half certainly began in a more lively fashion than the first and the opening goal came just five minutes after the restart. Leyton Orient loanee Charley Barker’s corner was met by Afolabi Obafemi who powered a header home to give Wingate the lead. As the Blues looked to extend their lead, Reece Beckles-Richards was played through by captain Ahmet Rifat before producing a wayward shot which didn’t challenge Thomas Williams.
Met Police’s best opportunity came with just over twenty minutes remaining. Following a corner, the ball fell to Jeremy Arthur who appeared to have an easy task of scoring however Rob Laney did enough to block the attempt and clear the danger. As the match progressed the game seemed to become more open, and on two occasions Wingate failed to capitalise through a counter attack after winning possession in midfield.
Despite late pressure from the visitors, Wingate held out for what could prove to be a valuable win, however scrappy it was, as it takes them within one point of their opposition with four games in hand over them and into 9th place.
Report by Jamie Grossman