Ruff (p), Ochieng, Fleming
Wingate & Finchley concluded a crop of cup clashes with a classy 3-1 win away at Hendon in the Middlesex Senior Cup Last 16 - with all three games ending in progression to the next round.
The Blues were nearly a goal down early on but Fergal Hale-Brown made a smart low stop to prevent Kameron English from opening the scoring from long range.
Minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty after a handball decision against Hendon. Charlie Ruff stepped up and lashed it against the underside of the bar and over the line. The diminutive midfielder nearly made it two soon after, but saw his mazy run and dinked finish cleared off the line.
However, the Blues didn’t have to wait long for their second goal with Henry Ochieng’s powerful strike crawling under Hendon’s goalkeeper and into the back of the net. Spencer Knight’s side continued to push for a third but were unable to find the net before the break.
The hosts made a double change early on and reaped the rewards with Reece Mitchell, formerly of Wingate, making a strong run and finishing past Hale-Brown.
However, the Blues fans didn’t have to wait long for their side to re-administer a two goal cushion as Alan Fleming found space and struck an inch perfect effort across the goal and into the inside netting to make it 3-1.
The hosts could only muster one effort after the third goal and Wingate went on to comfortably book their place in the last eight of the Middlesex Senior Cup.
Report by Nikhil Saglani