Super Saturday for Wingate & Finchley, Haringey Borough
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Wingate & Finchley booked their place in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Welwyn Garden City on Saturday.
And north London neighbours Haringey Borough were also celebrating after a 5-1 win over Brightlingsea Regent in the BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division kept them two points clear at the top of the table.
Wingate had the better of the opening exchanges and went close when Roman Michael-Percil crossed low for Anthony Mendy, who was inches away from converting.
And penalty appeals were waved away before Marvin Morgan had a shot saved by the legs of Charlie Jones as the first half ended goalless.
Alphanso Kennedy missed a great chance after the restart, scuffing a shot over from Olumide Oluwatimilehin's cross, but he made amends on 50 minutes, slotting past Jones after being played through on goal.
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Kennedy's pass just eluded Mendy midway through the half and Mendy was unable to find the target after rounding the keeper following a Tanasheh Abrahams through ball.
Shane Gore was called into action to keep out Cleaver's shot as the visitors pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages.
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And Wingate made sure of victory in the last minute when Layne Eadie found Oluwatimilehin, who curled home from inside the box.
After their first win since April 27 and first clean sheet since December 22, the Blues will now return to league action on Bank Holiday Monday to host Haringey, who maintained their 100 per cent record with a fourth successive win on Saturday.
Tom Loizou's men opened the scoring on the half-hour mark at Coles Park through Anthos Solomou and doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time as Coby Rowe found the net.
Solomou made it 3-0 just three minutes after the restart and completed his hat-trick midway through the second half.
And after Charlie hit back for Regent, Georgios Aresti had the last word with Haringey's fifth goal of the afternoon in the last minute of normal time.