GATE HAMMER SAD HARLOW
WINGATE & FINCHLEY provided the perfect response to their midweek disappointment against Leiston.
They scored with Sean Cronin’s first-half penalty and Rob Laney’s second-half header but could have had many more.
Cronin blocked Alexander Reid’s strike from distance as the visitors started well.
At the other end, Luke Ifil sent Reece Beckles-Richards through, but he fired over.
Ifil then shimmied through Harlow’s backline but his low strike past keeper David Hughes cannoned off the post.
And Ahmet Rifat’s silky step-over and 20-yard shot from was inches wide.
But Wingate finally led when Afolabi Obafemi won a penalty and Cronin fired into the bottom corner on 28 minutes.
Marc Charles-Smith had one shot saved and struck the bar with another as Wingate continued to threaten. Although the Hawks’ Jared Small blazed wide on 45 minutes.
On 53 minutes, CharlesSmith turned provider, setting up Laney to power his header back across goal.
Obafemi’s volley was tipped over by the busy Hughes, who then denied Beckles-Richards three times late on. STAR MAN: Marc Charles-Smith (Wingate & Finchley) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★