Wingate and Finchley sent themselves into the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy with a scrappy 2-0 win over Ware FC. Reece Beckles-Richards opened the scoring after half an hour before Rob Laney doubled the visitors’ tally in the second half. And Blues goalkeeper Shane Gore was called into action on numerous occasions as the sides waged a heated war on a rain-battered pitch. The result leaves Wingate just one win away from equalling their all-time FA Trophy record.
Ware goalkeeper Kyle Forster warmed up his palms early on, keeping out a Steve Wales shot and a Ryan Sellers free-kick. But Beckles-Richards put Wingate 1-0 up with a cute toe-poke into the bottom corner after Wales spotted him lurking on the edge of the box. Gareth Price had Ware’s best chance of the half but Gore, as was to become a recurring theme, stopped the striker as he beared down on goal. And Ware’s top scorer had the first chance of the second half too, but contrived to drag his shot wide when clean through on goal.
The miss nearly came back to haunt him with half an hour left but Wales, unmarked from another Sellers free kick, somehow skied his volley over the bar from six yards out. Wingate eventually made the pressure count however, despite a hint of controversy. Laney’s sublime touch put him through on goal and, though the initial effort was blocked, he was able to stroke the ball into an empty net – only to see the linesman flag for an infringement that seemingly nobody else in the ground had spotted.
The referee consulted his assistant and rightly allowed Wingate’s second goal to stand. But that seemed to be it for Wingate’s prowess at the front and it was left to the man at the back to see out the game. Wave after wave of Ware attacks were thwarted by Gore, including a sensational double save to deny Price and Brian Haule in quick succession. Ex-blue Murat Karagul saw his point blank header cannon off the goalkeeper’s glove while both Price and Evandro Delgado forced Gore into late, low stops.
But collectively Wingate were the better side and, despite a weathered pitch and some inexplicable refereeing decisions, rode out as 2-0 winners to make it three wins from four games in November.
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Report by Andy Gerlis