Gate paid for a nightmare start, conceding twice in the first eight minutes, and have now taken just one point from eight Hallmark Security League fixtures.
The Cheshire hosts opened the scoring after two minutes, when Gate keeper Joe Griffith saved a shot with his foot and was unlucky to see the rebound fall to Nathan Cotterell.
Gate went further behind when Dave Rossall gave away a penalty for a strong tackle and Kyle Riley scored from the spot, although Griffith got a hand to it.
The visitors’ bad spell got worse as mid-table Winsford made it 3-0 on 20 minutes. Gate thought the ball had gone out for a throw but Scott Taylor continued down the left and crossed for Riley to score his second.
Gate pulled one back six minutes before half-time, when Tarren Moxon squared the ball for Ben Seear to stroke home.
Gate improved in the second half and competed better for the ball, though half-chances for Charlie Waters and Joe Noblet were not converted.
The next goal was key and it was Winsford who scored it on 64 minutes.
Rossall again conceded a penalty for sliding in and, despite Gate’s protests that the foul took place outside the box, Riley completed his hat-trick with a second spot-kick.
Gate would grab a last-minute goal, when late substitute Jordan Casey fainted past defender Lee Duckworth to score on his debut, but it was too late.
Now 17th in the premier division, Gate remain 15 points clear of the relegation zone but they have played more matches than other team and aren’t in action again for a fortnight.
Gate: Griffith, Richards, Bamba, Rossall, Alexander, Waters, Penswick, Rothwell, Seear, Noblet, Moxon. Subs: Moorhead, Carroll, Gregory, Casey, Higham.