Wingate & Finchley fell to a loss in the last 16 of the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup, falling to Uxbridge at the Abrahams Stadium. Wingates first chance of the game came from a free-kick, but Alfie Bartrams effort from 25 yards fell just wide of Sam Grays left-hand post. On 11 minutes, Jack Hatcher cleared Jack Reads header from a corner off the line, with the hosts controlling possession in the opening quarter of an hour. The Wingate midfield had command of the play in the middle of the park, threading several balls through the heart of Uxbridges defence, but to no avail.
Uxbridge were forced into a defensive change on 18 minutes, with Ismack Muhammad replacing Jack Hatcher. The incoming substitute nearly put the ball into his own net with his first touch, but the ball struck his shin and just evaded Grays right hand post. Wingate took the lead on 22 minutes after Junior Appiah headed home Leon Solomons cross from the left wing. Minutes later, the goal scorer nearly turned provider, his excellent outside of the boot cross was slammed inches wide by Read. A quiet 20-minute spell followed, with neither side able to stamp their authority on the game. Joe Killingback played in Bartram, but his left-footed effort flew over Grays crossbar. Harry Carters dangerous challenge on Bartram in Wingates penalty area led to a yellow card, after Killingback was also booked for a reckless tackle on the halfway line. Just before half time, Appiah doubled his, and Wingates, tally after placing his effort into the roof of the net from Lewis Jones cross. Sekani McCalmon nearly pulled one back a minute later but fired his effort well over Ross Weinrabes bar, and Wingate went into the break 2-0 up.
Bartram nearly found the bottom left corner of Grays goal when the game resumed, but his effort across goal just evaded the far post. Reads backheel on the edge of the box found Appiah, but the striker couldnt seal his hat-trick as Gray rushed out to force his shot out for a throw-in. Bartram had yet another chance, when he and Appiah exchanged passes, but he couldnt force his left footed shot beyond Gray. Eisa Mbobakers free-kick on 53 minutes was heading for the top corner but Ross Weinrabe stretched to his right to tip it around the corner. Wingate went up the other end and Bartrams left footed effort was, this time, pushed onto the post by Gray and behind for a corner. But Wingate didnt have to wait long for their third as Read tapped Lewis Jones cross from the right wing in on 55 minutes for his first goal of the season.
The visitors pulled a goal back on 58 minutes when Ismack Muhammad tapped in a rebounded effort from close range, leaving Weinrabe stranded diving the other way. Nathaniel Mensah then pulled a second goal back for Uxbridge, slamming home from Curtis Chapples pass on 61 minutes, reducing the hosts lead to just one. Bartram continued to dominate proceedings and his shot was again saved by Gray, before his cross from the follow up evaded Read in the area. Harry Carter nearly equalised with a spectacular low strike but Weinrabe dived excellently low down to his right to parry the ball away for a corner. Mensah then levelled proceedings with an incredible strike into the top corner from outside the area on 76 minutes. Mbobaker nearly turned the game on its head but his excellent effort from a similar position to Mensahs goal but his effort flew just over the bar.
Read had the chance to score a late winner but his effort across goal flashed just wide of the left hand post. Trent Spaketis also aimed to emulate Mensahs goal but his right-footed strike also flew over Weinrabes bar. Jones then went up the other end on 86 minutes and, after being one-on-one with Gray, fired his effort into the keepers legs and Uxbridge were able to clear. But, as both managers were drawing up their penalty lists, Mensah capitalised on Weinrabe spilling the ball and tapped home the winner in the 88th minute, sending Uxbridge into the last eight to face Rayners Lane.
Report by Nikhil Saglani