Wingate and Finchley held out for a 0-0 draw at home to Staines Town in a relatively uneventful Boxing Day fixture. Chances were few and far between in a very quiet first half, with Luke Ifil having Wingate’s only attempt which was comfortably caught by Gabril Rosario. Staines’ first half attempts, like Wingate’s, were not clear cut, with Ben Martin heading over from a corner and Mohamed Bettamer seeing his shot blocked by Sean Cronin.
Twenty minutes into the second half Reece Beckles-Richards arguably should have done better with a free kick right on the edge of the box, which he blazed over the bar. As the game progressed, it was clear that one goal would be enough for either side to win the match and it appeared that Cronin had made the breakthrough on 69 minutes when his header from Beckles-Richards’ corner narrowly went over the bar.
Wingate continued to threaten from set pieces, although that was, especially in the second half, their only source of threatening attempts, and Ifil’s free kick was headed wide by a defender with 15 minutes to go. Staines could have grabbed a late winner as substitute Bayley Brown broke through and his drive from the right hand side of the box arrowed over the bar.
The last ten minutes were intense, however neither side carved out any meaningful chances and despite Staines having more possession and arguably a better chance to win the game, the Blues defended well throughout and a draw was most likely a fair result. Both sides have just four days to recover before Saturday’s fixtures, as Staines travel to Kingstonian and Wingate host Needham Market.
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Report by Jamie Grossman