DIVISION ONE NORTH Wingate & Finchley 4 Hillingdon Borough 3
Hillingdon Borough must be starting to wonder when they will ever win again after they led Wingate & Finchley 3-1 with half an hour to go only to lose 4-3.
Goals from Andy Glynne, Graeme Montgomery and Sam Warrell looked like giving Steve Hale only his second win since taking charge and so end a run of nine successive league defeats.
However, play-off contenders Wingate hit back to level and then snatched the win with a fine 20-yard volley.
Bottom side Hillingdon withstood early pressure from more physical opponents and indeed shocked their hosts with a goal of some distinction as Glynne finished off a sweeping move with a clinical finish from the edge of the box.
Wingate responded well and twice came close before they equalised in the 20th minute, although keeper Ben Harris was not happy with the decision as he was left rooted to the spot claiming a foul while Dean Williams tapped in to end a goalmouth scramble.
Although the home side came on strongly for the remainder of the half they also had to be thankful for some lenient decisions by the referee as time and again they stifled Hillingdon breakaways with cynical challenges, so it was just desserts when Hillingdon regained the lead with another fine move.
Stephen Midega found Stanley Mugishua who in turn picked out Montgomery and his precision shot found the corner of the net just before the half-time whistle.
Not long after the restart Boro increased their lead as Gerald Kelly found Warrell and he converted from the edge of the box to give the visitors an excellent chance of beginning the year with a long overdue win.
Harris tipped over a vicious drive and Justin Hockley blocked another shot on the line as Wingate & Finchley piled for ward and Boro finally cracked, conceding another soft goal when Wayne Grant looped a header into the net from a throw in.
Ten minutes later Harris could only parry a powerful header into the path of Williams and he tapped in from close range to level the scores at 3-3. And with 12 minutes to go Leon Fisher smashed home from the edge of the box through a crowd of players to break Boro hearts.
HILLINGDON: Harris, Gill, Fongho, Montgomery, Hockley, Glynne, Williams, Warrell, Mugishua, Kelly, Msubuga. Subs: Midega, Lyons, Jones.
Goals, Wingate: Williams 20, 72; Grant 62; Fisher 78. Boro: Glynne 6; Montgomery 45; Warrell 55. Attendance: 81.