Wingate & Finchley fell short by 1-0 in their Non-League Day clash with Tonbridge Angels - in front of a 635 packed crowd at Longmead Stadium – although Keith Rowland’s men could count themselves unlucky in spells. The north Londoners carved opened the first chance within five minutes. Ahmet Rifat played Nathan Mavila away, whose first-touch opened up a chance to fire over from a tight angle.
The hosts’ Alex Akrofi struck on target from outside the area, seeing his low shot gathered by Luke Sheldrick with 18 on the clock. And Sheldrick had to be on hand to produce a great stop five minutes later, palming away Luke Blewden’s strike from the inside right.
At the other end, Reece Beckles-Richards cut inside off the right and dropped a cross to the back-post finding Mavila, who acrobatically hit over from six-yards in the 32nd minute. A minute later saw The Blues produce a moment of brilliance. Rifat's outside-of-the-boot cross from the right arrived towards Sean Cronin, whose first-time volley curled away from Jonathan Henly – but hit off the post.
The Angels took the lead on the hour mark. Akrofi picked up the loose ball inside the area, prior to shimmying across in the box and firing into the net. Daniel Thompson dragged his shot wide from inside the box ten minutes later. Five minutes followed when Joe Turner’s attempted placement into the top corner saw Sheldrick make the catch.
Twelve minutes from the end, Sheldrick produced a stunning stop - staying big to deny Thompson’s header from finding the top right. A spirited last ten minutes followed from the Summers Lane outfit. Ola Williams' deep cross dropped inch-perfect to Rob Laney, whose header towards the top right was clawed away by Henly.
Keir Dickson’s powered cross across goal was directed towards the top left by Laney, who was unable to keep his header down on 88 minutes. And in the third minute of stoppage, Cronin headed Dickson's corner narrowly wide with the last touch of the game
Report by Khalid Karimullah