Wingate and Finchley were dumped out of the Middlesex Charity Cup at the Quarter Final stage after a 2-0 defeat away to Ashford Town. Ashford scored two first-half goals courtesy of Mark Bitmead and Max Herbert to send the Evo-Stik Southern Division One Central side through to the last four of the competition.
Wingate started on the front foot as Spencer McCall had the first shot of the game, but it landed on the roof of the net. Ashford opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes when Bitmead converted a low cross past Ross Weinrabe. Back at the other end, Ben Pattie fired one towards goal but Afolabi Obafemi was unable to get a touch. Moments later Pattie had another attempt that was well saved by Tyler Tobin.
Bitmead then found himself through on goal again but Weinrabe was out quickly to deny him, before the rebound trickled wide. The one on one duel between Bitmead and Weinrabe continued. This time Weinrabe was equal to a low attempt on his goal.
The home side soon doubled their lead in the 38th minute when Max Herbert fired a low drive into the bottom corner. Wingate did find time for a late effort on goal, but Steve Wales sent his volley a whisker over the bar. The Blues tried to get back into the game soon after the restart as Pattie's corner was headed goalwards by Obafemi, but Tobin was down to stop it. However, Bitmead was not kept out of the action for long as he found space down the left and drove his shot high and wide.
The visitors struggled to create any clear cut openings. Obafemi did manage to get in behind the Ashford defence, but Tobin denied his effort with a sliding tackle, before Pattie's wild effort sailed well wide. Defender D'Reece Vanderhyde almost got on the scoresheet near the end of his first Wingate start, when his header narrowly missed the upright. There was just time for another debut as 18 year-old Vass Mandeville was brought on in place of Luke Ifil.
But it was a disappointing night for Wingate and attention now turns back to the league for Saturday's game at Leatherhead (3pm).
Report by Sam Jones