Bury Town conceded twice and had a man sent off during a disastrous opening 13 minutes as they crashed to their seventh consecutive defeat in the Ryman League Premier Division.
Rob Laney had raced through to put Wingate and Finchley ahead in the third minute before getting clear again, only to be fouled by Callum Bennett.
Bennett was red-carded and David Wright converted the resultant penalty, but Wingate took their foot off the gas and Joe Benjamin charged down goalkeeper Bobby Smith’s clearance to pull one back eight minutes after the break.
Despite piling on the pressure in the closing stages, there was no way back for Bury, who had former Mildenhall Town boss Christian Appleford in the dugout as Ben Chenery’s assistant manager for the first time.
Centre-half Milton Elenge - signed from Cheshunt - was also in the squad, but did not come on for his debut.
Elenge’s former club were Needham Market’s victims on Saturday as Sam Newson and Ollie Fenn netted for the Marketmen in a 2-0 triumph to go four points clear at the top of Ryman One North.
Title rivals Harlow Town have played two games fewer, but dropped two points with a 1-1 draw at home to Brentwood Town.
Mildenhall Town bounced back to winning ways and secured Dean Greygoose’s first victory as interim manager with a 3-1 triumph at Ipswich Wanderers in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, but there were defeats for Walsham-le-Willows and Thetford Town.
Team Bury lost 2-1 at Braintree Town Reserves in the First Division, while Needham Market Reserves drew 1-1 with Leiston Reserves.
Ipswich Town kept the pressure on leaders Derby County at the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 4-1 victory over Leeds United, while Norwich City finally returned to winning ways with a 1-0 defeat of struggling Wigan Athletic.
In rugby, Bury St Edmunds slipped to third in National Three London and South East - seven points behind leaders London Irish Wild Geese - after suffering a 23-20 defeat at Chichester in a match they had led for long periods. Tim Mann scored two of Bury’s tries.