Wingate & Finchley were convincing 10-1 winners in a Middlesex Charity Cup Second Round tie at AFC Hayes on Tuesday night. A variety of scorers helped boost the Blues’ morale after a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Met Police FC on Saturday.
The goals began to flow from the sixth minute when Tanasheh Abrahams played Reece Beckles-Richards in on goal. The in-form striker beat his right back and slotted coolly into the far corner from six yards out to put the visitors ahead. Seven minutes later, it was 2-0 as Beckles-Richards turned creator. His slightly overhit ball found Rob Laney at the far post, who squared for Max Kyte to tap into an empty net. Only two minutes later, Kyte had doubled his tally when he headed home from six yards out from an Abrahams cross.
Wingate had to wait 20 minutes for their fourth but Kyte was on hand to tap home a Beckles-Richards cross for his hat-trick in the 35th minute. However, just three minutes later, Wingate made up for a dry spell and made it 5-0. Luke Ifil pierced the Hayes defence and Beckles-Richards took a touch, composed himself and finished across a depleted goalkeeper for his brace; and that’s how it stayed at half-time.
It didn’t take long in the second half for Wingate to hit Hayes for six. Claudiu Vilcu rose highest from a Steve Wales corner and nodded home his second Wingate goal after just 51 minutes. And just 12 minutes later, the small number of away fans were sent into seventh heaven as Wales converted a penalty, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way, after Laney had been upended just inside the area.
The pick of the bunch came on 69 minutes. Jordan Gibbons’ cross found Laney with his back to goal and, after a split-second to assess his options, he backheeled an effort across goal and into the bottom corner, wrongfooting the goalkeeper. Four minutes later, Wingate fans were now on cloud nine as Laney turned provider for Ben Pattie to control and smartly finish across the goalkeeper as he dived to his right.
AFC Hayes’ fans were treated to a consolation as McCallum tapped home from inside the six yard box after a momentary lapse in concentration at the back – a small stain on an outstanding and professional performance. However Wingate had the last laugh as, after being prevented in the 75th minute by heroic goalkeeping, Laney climbed highest from an Ifil cross to nod home his second and Wingate’s 10th from four yards out, rounding off an impressive away performance.
Keith Rowland’s side face tough tests in Staines on Boxing Day before travelling to Dulwich Hamlet on New Year’s Eve – but scoring ten will give the Blues confidence going into a vital run of fixtures.
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Report by Nikhil Saglani