Wingate and Finchley put in a five-star away performance to beat Biggleswade Town 5-0 at the Carlsberg Stadium and advance to the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy. Sean Cronin, Luke Ifil, Rob Laney, Reece Beckles-Richards and Ahmet Rifat were the five different goalscorers who ensured Wingate progressed at the expense of Evo Stik Southern Premier League side Biggleswade.
The first chance fell the way of the hosts as Craig Daniel headed wide from Lucas Perry’s cross. But from there on in it was all Wingate. Luke Ifil’s centre was headed goalwards by Rob Laney but Waders ‘keeper Liam Gooch held onto the ball. The deadlock was soon broken by the visitors as another Ifil cross was met by a powerful header from Sean Cronin, who diverted the ball into the bottom corner.
Reece Beckles-Richards went in search of a second when he broke from his own half and ran towards the Biggleswade box, before he cut inside and unleashed a low shot that Gooch got down to stop. The Blues continued to create opportunities – Laney rose highest from Ola Williams’ cross, but saw his header go wide, before repeating the feat from another Williams centre minutes later. In between those, Tommy Tejan-Sie’s effort from the edge of the box forced Gooch into a diving save.
Wingate finally doubled their advantage when Beckles-Richards’ cross found Ifil at the back post and the midfielder smashed the ball into the bottom corner. Ifil then tried to turn provider again as his cross was met by the head of Laney, whose effort hit the side netting. At the other end, Shane Gore denied George Bailey’s shot with a fine diving save just before the break.
But there was still time for a third Wingate goal as Laney finally got his name on the score sheet. The forward headed in from Keir Dickson’s corner to make it 3-0 at half-time. Wingate had the ball in the net again soon after the restart when Marc Charles-Smith flicked in Laney’s shot – but was adjudged to be offside.
It was four with 20 minutes remaining thanks to a well worked goal. Jake Eales’ cross found Beckles-Richards, who then exchanged passes with Laney and Rifat on the edge of the box, before Beckles-Richards slotted the ball home. Captain Rifat rounded off the scoring in stoppage time with a glancing header directed into the corner from Beckles-Richards’ cross, to seal Wingate’s place in the Second Qualifying Round.
There is no first team game next week, but our Under-18s are in action in the FA Youth Cup First Round Proper against Barnet at The Hive (8pm).
WingateTV: Jake Eales and Reece Beckles Richards post Biggleswade Town: HERE
Report by Sam Jones