By Blue-tinted specs
Wingate and Finchley 1 Margate 2
A tempestuous finish to this Isthmian League game saw Margate claim all three points on Saturday.
Harry Hudson converted a corner deep into injury-time, which was reward for the visitors’ dominant second half performance. There was a brief moment of purgatory as the referee checked for an infraction with his linesman but the goal was allowed to stand.
This left the home side fuming as they had a goal of their own chalked off in the 89th minute.
The match had started badly for Margate as the hosts took the lead on eight minutes. A cross from the left by Daniel Emovon was met with a towering far post header by Dernell Wynter that flew past keeper Dan Jinadu.
Margate set about trying to gain parity. An Ade Cole shot from the edge of the box was pawed away by home keeper Ben Goode.
A Ben Greenhalgh free kick from the left saw an Ethan Kaiser header touched over the bar by Goode.
There was a blow for Margate when the threatening James Bessey-Saldanha went off injured. He was replaced on the right by Harrison Hatfull.
The equaliser arrived just before the interval. A free-kick from Greenhalgh 40 yards out on the left was pumped into the box. Goode came to claim it but instead the ball looped into the goalmouth where it was tucked into the net by Harry Hudson.
The second half saw Margate control possession with Goode occasionally called into action. The closest we came to scoring was a Greenhalgh corner that skimmed across the goalmouth and was deflected onto the bar.
As darkness fell, a draw looked the most likely result until the final few moments when both sides had the ball in the net but only Margate’s effort was allowed to stand.