Bitter blow as rivals Wingate & Finchley push Potters Bar one step nearer to the relegation trapdoor

PUBLISHED: 14:32 26 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:15 28 March 2019

Bradley Sach of Potters Bar scores the second goal for his team and celebrates during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Bradley Sach of Potters Bar scores the second goal for his team and celebrates during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

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Potters Bar Town suffered another bitter blow in their fight against relegation after a 4-2 defeat away to Wingate & Finchley.

Wingate celebrate their third goal during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Wingate celebrate their third goal during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

The Summers Lane-based club are one of the other sides battling with the Scholars to avoid being in the bottom three but this success was their second win in a row – a run that Bar would love to have themselves.

Wingate celebrate their third goal during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Wingate celebrate their third goal during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Dernell Wynter and Brad Sach had both pulled Bar back to within one goal and had chances to level before a breakaway in stoppage time confirmed all three points for the Blues.

Wingate celebrate their third goal during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Wingate celebrate their third goal during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

The Scholars are now 18th, four points above Whitehawk in the third and final relegation place, with just six games remaining.

Bradley Sach of Potters Bar scores the second goal for his team and celebrates during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Bradley Sach of Potters Bar scores the second goal for his team and celebrates during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Bar had made the short journey south looking to end a run of three straight defeats while Wingate were buoyed by a 7-2 thumping of Harlow Town, another side in the dogfight.

Sean Bonnett-Johnson of Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Sean Bonnett-Johnson of Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

And they got off to a fabulous start with two goals in the opening 15 minutes.

Dernell Wynter of Potters Bar and Ola Williams of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Dernell Wynter of Potters Bar and Ola Williams of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Just nine minutes had been played when Donovan Makoma fired an absolute scorcher past goalkeeper Niko Tzanev into the bottom corner.

Frustration for Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Frustration for Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

And the lead was doubled after Reece Beckles-Richards was brought down inside the box, Sean Cronin scoring from the penalty spot.

Dernell Wynter of Potters Bar and Ola Williams of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Dernell Wynter of Potters Bar and Ola Williams of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

But Bar showed they have the stomach for the fight and they pulled one back with 27 minutes on the clock, Wynter stabbing home from close range.

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar and Ahmet Rifat of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar and Ahmet Rifat of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

The second-half saw both sides push forward in search of more goals but the home side were certainly starting to show plenty of nerves as the clock ticked down.

Dernell Wynter of Potters Bar and Ola Williams of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Dernell Wynter of Potters Bar and Ola Williams of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

The roar of delight that greeted the third home goal was proof of that, Ahmet Rifat releasing Anthony Mendy who poked the ball through Tzanev’s legs with 20 minutes remaining.

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar and Ahmet Rifat of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar and Ahmet Rifat of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

But Bar were given another lifeline with 12 minutes left as they were awarded a penalty of their own following a handball.

Wingate management during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Wingate management during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Sach made no mistake, firing past Shane Gore and they almost levelled things up when Zaid Al-Hussaini put a shot across Wingate’s six-yard box.

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar and Ahmet Rifat of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar and Ahmet Rifat of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

But Wingate confirmed all three points in injury time as Charlie Ruff grabbed the winner.

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar and Ahmet Rifat of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar and Ahmet Rifat of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Folkestone Invicta are next up at the Pakex on Saturday.

Potters Bar management during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Potters Bar management during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Sean Grace of Potters Bar and Anthony Mendy of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Sean Grace of Potters Bar and Anthony Mendy of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Shane Gore of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Shane Gore of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Shane Gore of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Shane Gore of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley and Stefan Powell of Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley and Stefan Powell of Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Shane Gore of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Shane Gore of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley goes close during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley goes close during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley and Stefan Powell of Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley and Stefan Powell of Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley goes close during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley goes close during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley and Stefan Powell of Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley and Stefan Powell of Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley goes close during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley goes close during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley and Stefan Powell of Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Tanasheh Abrahams of Wingate & Finchley and Stefan Powell of Potters Bar during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

Keegan Cole of Potters Bar and Donovan Makoma of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019Keegan Cole of Potters Bar and Donovan Makoma of Wingate & Finchley during Wingate & Finchley vs Potters Bar Town, Bostik League Premier Division Football at the Harry Abrahams Stadium on 23rd March 2019

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