Bostik Premier: Wingate & Finchley 0 Lewes 1

PUBLISHED: 19:05 30 September 2018 | UPDATED: 19:05 30 September 2018

Wingate & Finchley goalkeeper Shane Gore (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Wingate & Finchley goalkeeper Shane Gore (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Wingate & Finchley suffered a third home defeat of the season, at the hands of newly-promoted Lewes.

Despite having the better of the first half, the Blues struggled to create chances after the break and eventually fell to a James Hammond winner just before the hour mark.

The first chance of the game fell to the hosts on just five minutes when Lewis Putman, seeking his first home goal, wriggled around two Lewes defenders on the edge of the box before taking aim with his left foot.

However, his effort took a heavy deflection, making it easy for Lewis Carey to smother.

A long, quiet spell ensued with neither side able to use the ball effectively and it took until the half hour mark for another noteworthy chance to fashion.

Hammond took aim with a rasping effort from 25 yards out but Shane Gore, consistent as ever, acrobatically parried the midfielder’s effort over the crossbar.

New Blues signing Samir Bihmoutine came closest to opening the scoring just before half time.

After receiving the ball on the edge of the box, he took aim across goal but saw his low drive trickle just wide of Carey’s left-hand post.

However, the second half was a different story as Lewes came out of the traps quicker, stronger and sharper.

Three minutes into the half, Gore was yet again required to bail out the Blues, rushing off his line and using his legs to stop Omarr Lawson’s effort.

The visitors then came even closer on 51 minutes when Jonté Smith missed the chance of the game.

After good work down the Lewes right, the forward found himself unmarked at the back post but somehow struck the post with the goal gaping and Wingate were able to see the ball out to safety.

But Keith Rowland’s side didn’t learn from their errors as they were finally beaten. Leon Redwood worked his way past Ola Williams on the Lewes left and crossed for Hammond to head over Gore and into the back of the net to put his side ahead.

Wingate’s best crack at an equaliser then fell to substitute Tim Monsheju when a Reece Beckles-Richards cross from the right wing allowed him to creep in front of his defender and flick an effort towards goal, but Carey was quick to tip the goalbound strike onto the post and away for a corner, which Marc Weatherstone headed well over.

The final chance of the game fell to the hosts as a scramble in the box saw the ball fall to the feet of Marc Charles-Smith, who took a snapshot towards goal but Carey - who seemed to be caught by surprise - was grateful to see it strike him in the midriff and he was able to hold on.

It was another disappointing afternoon for Rowland’s side, whose momentum was halted by a two-week gap between games. They have the chance to turnaround their fortunes with a trip to Bishops Stortford on Tuesday night.

Wingate: Gore, Williams, Hernandez, Weatherstone, Cronin (C), Shulton, Putman (Laney, 53), Bihmoutine (McKenna, 52), Charles-Smith, Beckles-Richards, Tejan-Sie (Monsheju, 71). Unused: subs Ifil, O’Neill

Attendance: 151.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

The Bostik Premier club made up for last season’s 4-2 loss at home to Heybridge Swifts at the same stage

The club didn’t have to offer the Argentina international a new contract in the summer, but it has paid off handsomely


Saracens head coach Mark McCall said his team were poor for long periods despite making it two wins from two in the Heineken Champions Cup with a 29-10 bonus-point victory over Lyon.

Bostik Premier: Dorking Wanderers 3 Wingate & Finchley 0

Evo-Stik South Premier South: Hendon 3 (Jonas 4, German 35, Hippolyte-Patrick 44) Wimborne Town 2 (Holmes 11, Clarke 61)


Arsenal Women’s Beth Mead said there is a lot of belief in their side following their 6-0 WSL win over Reading on Sunday.


Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates on Monday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s match preview.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now