Bostik Premier: Wingate 0 Dulwich Hamlet 0
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 February 2018
Wingate & Finchley earned a well-deserved point after a draw against high-flying Dulwich Hamlet.
Despite the visitors starting the day in third, it was Wingate who came out of the blocks faster and Afolabi Obafemi, who after receiving the ball from Reece Beckles-Richards, could have scored if his first touch was better, however the attack broke down.
The first clear chance of the match came after 15 minutes as Jake Humphrey headed the ball into Marc Charles-Smith’s path following a corner, but the striker’s shot on the turn was blocked and the corner came to nothing.
As the first half progressed, Wingate remained the better team and largely dominated possession, however they failed to create many meaningful chances, although Beckles-Richards was denied by blocks on two occasions from the edge of the box.
Dulwich could have taken the lead on the stroke of half time when Reise Allassani dribbled past a defender and shot, but his low attempt rolled wide.
The second half started slower than the first with neither side finding a killer pass to open up the defence, although Freddy Moncur arguably had the best chance of the match on the hour.
Afolabi Obafemi laid the ball off to the midfielder who took a couple of touches before shooting from inside the box however Preston Edwards saved easily.
Debutants Irnti Rapai, who looked sharp on the wing making positive runs and Layne Eadie who was solid defensively both looked fairly settled on their first appearances for the Blues.
Charles-Smith could have grabbed a late winner with 15 minutes remaining, which wouldn’t have been undeserved, when he made contact with Luke Ifil’s cross however it went wide.
The visitors looked their most threatening in the last 10 minutes, putting pressure on the Wingate defence as they searched for a winner and Nyren Clunis’ attempt from out wide was saved by Shane Gore.
And while Wingate can be satisfied with a point against a team with such quality, they had the better chances to win the match and were on top for large periods of the match.
Dulwich’s poor form continues, with this draw extending their winless match to six matches, although they remain third and the Blues stay eighth, just four points off a play-off spot.
Wingate & Finchley: Gore, Ifil, Layne Eadie, Eales, Humphrey, Obafemi, Irnti Rapai (Laney 84’), Moncur, Charles-Smith, Beckles-Richards, Tejan-Sie. Unused subs: Pattie, Williams, Monville, Jason Akiotu.
*Wingate were pleased to show their support for two charities during Saturday’s game with Dulwich.
The Mayor of Barnet attend the event and raised awareness and funds for chosen charity, Homeless Action in Barnet.
Staff members were also raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK, having walked from Dulwich to Finchley ahead of the match.
Donations can be made online at habcentre.org and justgiving.com/fundraising/robbiebrown2017.