Reece runs through nine-man Mer­stham


The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE PREMIER - By Paul Ler­man

WINGATE & FINCHLEY over­came a Mer­stham out­fit who ended up with nine men af­ter an un­seemly 90th-minute goal­mouth stra­mash.

The best early chances fell to the hosts’ luck­less Lewis Put­man, who headed weakly at goal when twice well-placed in the first six min­utes.

The vis­i­tors re­gained their lost early com­po­sure only to be rocked back on 44 min­utes when Gate went ahead from the penalty spot.

Sean Cronin struck home the 44th-minute spot kick, deftly plac­ing the ball past Moat­siders cus­to­dian Chris Haigh’s dive.

In the 58th minute, Mer­stham threat­ened an equaliser when Gate keeper Shaun Gore did well to di­vert Fabio Saraiva’s pow­er­ful drive from 20 yards.

But ten min­utes later, the hosts dou­bled their lead when un­marked cen­tre-back Marc Weather­stone pow­er­fully headed home Reece Beck­les- Richards’ fan­tas­tic free­kick de­liv­ery.

There were chances at both ends, Haigh deny­ing a clean through Reece Beck­les-Richards on 76 min­utes and Gore re­peat­ing the feat at Calum Davies’ feet 11 min­utes later.

But Mer­stham found them­selves two goals and two men down with the game en­ter­ing stop­page-time, Ol­lie Cook and Josh An­to­nio both see­ing red.

STAR MAN: Reece Beck­les-Richards (Wingate & Finchley) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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