High-flying Wingate and Finchley earned a scrappy 1-0 win against bottom side Worthing on Saturday. The first half an hour of the match was devoid of a genuine chance and neither side looked close to making the breakthrough. The closest either team came to scoring in the opening exchanges was when Marc Charles-Smith headed Nathan Mavila’s cross wide.
However, just after the 30 minute mark, Shane Gore was forced into a magnificent save to keep out Rian O’Sullivan for Worthing. A curling cross was met by O’Sullivan and it seemed destined to nestle in the back of the net however Gore produced a piece of magic to tip it over the bar.
Worthing went close again not long after as Rodrigo Schmitdinger drove forward and released a shot which rifled over the bar. Wingate took the lead 5 minutes before the break courtesy of Laney. Reece Beckles-Richards’ corner was met by Laney whose header toward goal was saved by Cavagnari, but the ball trickled over the line.
The lead was nearly doubled when Spencer McCall headed just over from Beckles-Richards’ cross and soon after Beckles-Richards saw his venomous strike from inside the box hit the side netting. Much like the first half, the second’s opening exchanges didn’t see any real attempts. Worthing were again denied by Gore on the hour when O’Sullivan attempted an overhead kick but Gore was equal to it, acrobatically tipping over.
Laney and Beckles-Richards both saw low shots saved by Cavagnari as the match drew to a close, the former having the easier chance of the two from inside the six yard box. Worthing continued to push forward for an equaliser but failed to fashion a genuine opening, although Reece Hallard volleyed over from the edge of the box in the away side’s last chance of the match.
Wingate’s sixth consecutive league win pushes them up to 3rd, level on points with 2nd placed Leiston meanwhile Worthing remain bottom with just 1 point from their first 9 matches.
Report by Jamie Grossman