W&F 10-2 Tilbury
Wingate & Finchley U23’s took another step closer to the Bostik Development North League title, following a sublime 10-2 domination of Tilbury U23’s at a soaked Summers Lane.
An early cross from Ibrahim Conteh culminated in Ben Pattie firing wide inside two minutes. Pattie again had two attempts blocked, before Quentin Monville took aim but hit wide of the right hand post, with only four minutes on the clock.
The visitors slowly wrestled back momentum when Ayomikun Odukoya spun and rifled a shot at the near-post, which Reuben Rabstein did well to produce a strong stop eight minutes later.
And they took the lead in the 14th minute when Rujorn Tuitt scuffed a shot across goal which wrong-footed Rabstein to open proceedings.
It took only eight minutes for The young Blues to equalise. Pattie’s corner was met by Vass Mandeville who headed across into the top corner.
Elijah Seymour went on a mazy run, prior to seeing his shot palmed away for Emmanuel Melford-Rowe to duly place home to complete the turnaround on 24 minutes. Melford-Rowe hit wide on the volley from Pattie’s cross with 39 minutes gone and it was soon 3-1, three minutes on in treacherous conditions.
Melford-Rowe latched onto Luke Alfano’s splitting pass down the middle before firing with clout across goal into the top corner. Pattie made it four when he let loose from 25-yards out with a little assistance from the wet surface on 45 minutes.
Tilbury hit back two minutes into added time at the end of the first half through Lance Ledgister, who headed across into the far corner to make it a two goal game.
16 minutes after the restart, Pattie’s right footed strike went across the face of goal. However, he grabbed his brace with 67 minutes played, as he cut inside off the right and curled into the far corner.
Pattie hit a 30-yard free-kick from a central position past James Brett, who was unable to keep it out with ten minutes to go for his hat-trick. Pattie’s back-heel saw Monville cross to substitute Ned Clarke, who headed in from close on 82 minutes.
84 minutes and Pattie, from a similar long-range distance, had his shot go through Brett’s grasp for his fourth.
Monville then broke free and rounded Brett before he squared to Clarke for a quick brace, four minutes from the end.
The last meaningful attack of a game which literally rained – goals and weather – came to a satisfying end on 88 minutes when Clarke headed in from close for his hat-trick after a goalmouth scramble.
By Khalid Karimullah
Referee: Gheorghe Moraru
Wingate & Finchley U23’s: 1. Reuben Rabstein, 2. Ibrahim Conteh, 3. Franco Saviano, 4. Ricardo Price, 5. Isaac Ebelebe (17. Conor Ferguson 73), 6. Vassili Mandeville, 7. Quentin Monville, 8. Luke Alfano, 9. Emmanuel Melford-Rowe (12. Ned Clarke 76), 10. Ben Pattie (c), 11. Elijah Seymour (14. Adebambo Akinjogbin 68).
Substitutes (not used): 15. Rhys Springer-Downes, 16. Ben Reynolds.