Wingate and Finchley fell to a late 2-1 defeat at home to Potters Bar Town in their last match before Christmas.
There is little to celebrate for the Blues going into the festive period, with this defeat extending their winless league run to 8 matches.
It was a dream start for Wingate, with full debutant Bilal Sayoud converting Oluwaseun Akinsanya’s driven cross beyond the keeper after just 3 minutes.
However, the lead didn’t last long, with the visitors restoring parity through Keegan Cole 15 minutes later, courtesy of an unstoppable curled shot into the top corner.
Following the two goals, the first half was relatively dry in terms of chances, but the second half certainly didn’t follow this trend.
The early exchanges after the break saw both sides trade chances, with Charlie Ruff and Akinsanya unable to convert changes and Shane Gore denying Bradley Sach’s long range effort.
The second half sprung into life with 18 minutes remaining when Potters Bar were awarded a penalty. Josh Hutchinson was fouled and stepped up confidently, but saw his attempt parried by Gore and cleared.
It appeared that Wingate had been given a reprieve, and that seemed to ring true when Christian Forino-Joseph heroically cleared a goal bound cross and the Blues were then awarded a penalty with 5 minutes remaining.
Substitute Alex Read had the opportunity to make the visitors rue their missed penalty, but he was unable to do so, with R’avan Constable following Gore’s penalty- saving lead.
With just 3 minutes to go, Wingate suffered another hammer blow for the second week in a row, when Sach slammed home a dangerous cross into the bottom corner to make it 2-1 to Potters Bar.
Wingate now have until New Years Day to rest up, and hopefully 2020 will bring in a drastic change to the Blues’ form.
Report by Jamie Grossman