It was a case of Tuesday Velocity Trophy progression for Wingate & Finchley at Recreation Way, after a 2-1 victory over Mildenhall Town ensured opening round success.
The north Londoners took control early on inside two minutes. Chase O'Neil's corner was directed towards the near-post by Lewis Putman, which culminated in a vital clearance by David Cooper with Blake Horton beat.
Three minutes later, Reece Beckles-Richards’ cross from the right was almost turned home by Timothy Monsheju, however Horton kept it out. A minute on, Beckles-Richards shimmed from the inside right to centre prior to seeing his dragged attempt saved down low.
The Blues' momentum paid dividends with eight minutes on the clock. Beckles-Richards latched onto Monsheju's slick throughball, before striking inside the near-post via a slight deflection.
With 15 minutes played, Luke Butcher ensured the home side drew level, after striking across on the turn inside the area. Beckles-Richards' deep cross found Sean Cronin, who under pressure, could only head at Horton three minutes on.
Keith Rowland's men regained the lead after 20 minutes. Beckles-Richards hustled for possession on the right and turned provider to pick out Putman, who slammed home his first goal in Wingate colours. 17 minutes ticked away when Putman rushed through on goal, yet fired wide beyond Horton. Four minutes before the break, Thomas Debenham headed inches wide for the hosts with the goal gaping.
Ten minutes into the restart, Beckles-Richards' shot was stopped in its traps, before O’Neill fired tamely at Horton. Tommy Tejan-Sie hit a snapshot wide after Beckles-Richards picked him out inside the area eight minutes later.
Putman curled his free-kick from a central position over the bar on 71 minutes and six minutes following, Butcher came within inches of diverting Luke Ifil's cross into his own net. With ten to go, O’Neill's deflected shot arrived to Monsheju who adjusted his body though volleyed wide, yet progression became sealed and delivered.
Report by Khalid Karimullah