Makoma, Cronin (p), Mendy, Ruff
Wingate and Finchley’s resurgence continued with a 4-2 victory at home against Potters Bar Town, their first win at Summers Lane since the turn of the year.
Last week’s battering of Harlow Town also means that Wingate have recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since early December.
Donovan Makoma and Sean Cronin put the Blues two clear against Potters Bar, before Dernell Wynter pulled one back for the visitors before half-time.
But a frantic final 20 minutes saw three more goals, two of them for the home side, with Wingate in control for most of the game.
Wingate came into Saturday’s game against Potters Bar on a high after last weekend’s convincing 7-2 rout in Harlow, and it didn’t take long for them to assert their dominance over another relegation rival.
Just 9 minutes had been played before Donovan Makoma fired an absolute scorcher past goalkeeper Nikola Tzanev and into the bottom corner.
Cronin, Wingate’s centre-back and current top scorer, scored his first senior hat-trick in that 7-2 win and added another to his tally from the spot, after Reece Beckles-Richards was brought down inside the box after 14 minutes.
With the Blues in cruise control, one small lapse in concentration allowed Wynter to stab home a ray of hope for the Potters just before the half-hour mark.
Irnti Rapai then saw a shot cleared off the line as the Blues looked to restore their two-goal cushion.
Anthony Mendy had a goal disallowed for offside and Beckles-Richards saw a couple of attempts blocked as the nerves began to rattle among the home faithful while the clock ticked down.
But persistence paid off when a delightful through ball from Ahmet Rifat released Mendy, who managed to poke Wingate’s third through Tzanev’s legs with 20 minutes left.
Controversially, 8 minutes later a handball brought the ball down perfectly for Bradley Sach to fire past Shane Gore and bring the Potters back to within a goal of Wingate.
Zaid Al-Hussaini came closest to equalising for the visitors but his shot narrowly trickled across Wingate’s six-yard box.
And all three points were confirmed in injury time, as the two Charlies of Cole and Ruff combined to give Ruff his first goal in a Wingate shirt.
Back-to-back, convincing victories may herald an upturn in form for Wingate, but they aren’t yet safe from danger with six games left to play.
Next week Summers Lane welcomes Bognor Regis as Dave Norman’s Blue Army marches onwards and - hopefully - upwards.
Report by Andrew Gerlis