The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE - By Khalid Karimul­lah

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: ★★★★★

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