WINGATE AND FINCHLEY suffered another setback in their push for the Ryman Premier Division play-offs as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Metropolitan Police on Saturday.
All the goals came in the second half, with Wingate twice taking the lead – but they were pegged back both times and Met Police went on to score a late winner as the hosts slumped to a second successive defeat.
Wingate remain fifth in the table despite the loss, but Leiston are now just a point behind them and with four games in hand.
Although the hosts were the dominant side in the first half, they were unable to turn their pressure into any goals – with Reece Beckles-Richards and Ben Pattie both firing wide and Spencer McCall bringing a good save out of visiting keeper Brannon Daly.
But the contest really sprang into life after the interval and Wingate broke the deadlock on 52 minutes when Sean Cronin played in Rob Laney, who squared the ball to leave Pattie with a simple tap-in.
Wingate’s lead only lasted for a minute though as the visitors grabbed an immediate equaliser, Charlie Collins scoring from the spot after Tanasheh Abrahams was penalised for pushing.
Pattie curled a free-kick just over as the hosts looked to restore their advantage – and they achieved just this midway through the half when Beckles-Richards collected Tommy Tejan-Sie’s inch-perfect pass and netted with an emphatic finish.
However the hosts were again unable to maintain their lead for long as Met Police grabbed a second equaliser three minutes later when Olli Robinson scored after making space for himself in the box.
Claudio Vilcu headed straight at Daly and Tejan-Sie twice went close as Wingate looked to go ahead for a third time, but they were unable to score again and were made to pay when the visitors capitalised on a poor clearance from Luke Ifil to grab the winner through Roman Michael-Percil four minutes from time.
Wingate and Finchley go to relegation-threatened Leatherhead on Saturday (3pm).