Late, late goals bring joy for Wingate & Finchley and Harrow Borough

PUBLISHED: 16:30 22 February 2017

Ahmet Rifat in action for Wingate & Finchley. Picture: MARTIN ADDISON

Ahmet Rifat in action for Wingate & Finchley. Picture: MARTIN ADDISON


Wingate & Finchley moved to within one point of the Ryman League Premier Division play-offs with a superb 3-2 fightback win over Burgess Hill Town.

And it wasn’t the only success on Tuesday night as Harrow Borough’s impressive 4-0 win over Worthing eased their relegation worries.

As it was last week against Folkestone Invicta, Wingate needed two late goals to clinch the win. The difference was this time they had to come from 2-0 down to do it.

Pat Harding had scored before the break for Burgess Hill and Jack Brivio extended that lead in the first minute of the second period.

A double substitution on 58 minutes saw Blues’ manager Keith Rowland throw Ben Pattie and Walter Figueria into the mix.

Ahmet Rifat pulled one back shortly after before Figueria levelled things up with three minutes remaining.

And with clock showing 90 minutes Sean Cronin headed home from a corner to cue jubilant scenes.

Harrow’s victory moves them above Burgess Hill and into 17th, eight points clear of Hendon in the final relegation spot.

George Nicholas scored on the stroke of half-time and goals from Michael Bryan, Kurtis Cumberbatch and Sahr Kabba in the final 13 minutes secured the big win.

That followed Saturday’s equally impressive 3-1 triumph over play-off hunting Leiston.

Again late goals were the order of the day with Kabba and Harry Newman scoring in the last six minutes. Steve Brown had put them ahead in the first half before Joe Francis equalised midway through the second.

Harrow host Grays Athletic on Saturday while Wingate go to Leiston, with victory for the Blues putting them ahead of their Suffolk rivals.

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