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Moone double eclipses spirited Wingate dispay
4:57pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
Wingate & Finchley's brilliant second half performance wasn't enough to seal victory as they were beaten 2-1 by Hampton & Richmond.
Wingate had started brightly with some superb flowing football. Mark Henry, restored to the lineup following injury, broke clear and fed the ball up to Leon Smith who took his time on the right wing.
He cleverly worked past two players and lofted the ball over the keeper, but a covering defender blocked the ball on the line and headed it over the bar.
The subsequent counter attack came through Josh Kennett, and when he played the ball inside Tommy Tejan-Sie drove over the bar at the second attempt.
However two goals in a minute for Charlie Moone midway through the half changed the game.
The first diverting in a corner when he was given far too much space, and the second a scrappy low drive from close range as Wingate's defence lost composure and failed to clear the ball.
The plan for Wingate was now to see out the half and regroup in the break as Bobby Smith was forced into an excellent diving save low to his right, though Leon Smith did have a shot across goal which the keeper Chwieshe saved comfortably.
Wingate had been poor through the first half, but dominated the second half's opening stages. Tommy Tejan-Sie and Farai Hallam missed difficult chances from close range, before the deserved goal finally came in the 56th minute. A Spencer McCall corner was headed home at the far post by Hallam.
Josh Kennett was a constant threat on the left wing as Wingate poured forward, and he curled over a cross which was headed wide by Hallam.
However Wingate lacked considerable creativity from here, despite working hard and forcing Hampton back for most of the half.
The visitors did have a great counter attack when Joel Ledgister received a lucky ricochet and broke clear, but he pulled his shot wide of the goal in the one-on-one.
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