W&F win 4-2 on pens
Wingate and Finchley sent themselves through to the quarter finals of the London Senior Cup with a win on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Cockfosters. First half goals from Iannis Varouxakis and Ben Pattie saw the game go straight to penalties despite some close calls for either side in the second 45.
Wingate scored all four of theirs while Cockfosters missed their final two, setting Keith Rowland’s side up with a tie at home to Met Police in the next round. The win means the Blues are now unbeaten in eight games across all competitions - a run that stretches back to December 17th. The hosts almost had a dream start when Afolabi Obafemi rose unmarked to meet Pattie’s cross but the new signing - who still claims that he scored his first Wingate goal on Saturday - contrived to head downwards into Austin Byfield’s hands.
The striker met another cross minutes later with his feet but his snapshot flew just wide of the post. Cameron Ferguson’s 30th minute goal-line block would have been impeccable had it been at the correct end of the field, but the Cockfosters striker inadvertently blocked Varouxakis’ shot on the line as it flew past Ross Weinrabe.
Although he wasn’t there to save the Blues 6 minutes later when Varouxakis was played through on goal and rounded Weinrabe before tapping home into an empty net to give the visitors the lead. But on the stroke of half time Pattie latched on to a Claudiu VIlcu through ball and slotted the equaliser home under Byfield. Steve Wales had the first real chance of the second half when he teed himself up and dinked a chip just over the angle of the goal.
And Pattie tried to recreate last week’s wondergoal with a deft lob from the edge of the box but Byfield was able to palm it away to the feet of Obafemi. The striker then took aim but the goalkeeper was quick off his line to turn the shot on to the bar and keep the scores level.
Tommy Tejan-Sie was on hand to block George Ironton’s 20 yard piledriver off the line while Weinrabe had to stand up tall to block a Varouxakis shot but the game stayed level after 90 minutes and went straight to penalties. Wingate scored all four of theirs while Cockfosters had missed one, meaning Ferguson had to score to keep his side in the game. But the striker, who had already denied his side an early goal, attempted a weak, Panenka-style chip leaving Weinrabe all the time in the world to gather the ball and send Wingate through to the next round.
Ex-Hull and Wigan player and King of the Jungle Jimmy Bullard will visit Summers Lane on Saturday when his Leatherhead side come to take on a resurgent Wingate and Finchley
WingateTV: Ross Weinrabe and Sean Cronin Post Cockfosters: HERE
Report by Sam Jones