Wingate & Finchley fell to a 4-2 loss at league leaders Worthing on Saturday despite taking the lead early on.
Toby Bancroft put the Blues ahead just after 10 minutes however the hosts were ahead before half time and made sure of the victory with two second half goals, despite a late consolation for Wingate.
Bancroft won the ball well and had a clear run on goal, finishing confidently past Carl Rushworth to earn his first Wingate goal and put his side into a surprise lead.
However, the lead didn’t last long; Worthing equalised just 6 minutes after going behind, with Aarran Racine tapping in following a good save by Shane Gore, who was making his 200th Blues appearance.
The hosts built on their momentum following the goal, and went ahead on half an hour. Gore did well to keep out a free kick however Dayshonne Golding was on hand to convert from close range to give Worthing the lead.
Ollie Pearce made it 3-1 soon after the break, converting from the spot after a Worthing player was brought down in the box. The rest of the match was played out without any real chances for either side until the last 10 minutes.
Kieron Pamment put the match beyond doubt with 6 minutes to go, controlling a cross and firing past Gore.
Substitute Jayden Antwi grabbed a consolation goal on 89 minutes, sweeping home from a Chris Doyle cross, however it was too little too late for a result.
Despite the defeat, results from relegation rivals mean that the Blues remain outside the relegation zone, with key matches against Corinthian-Casuals and Merstham in the upcoming weeks.
Report by Jamie Grossman