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Fightback earns Wingate a draw in the FA?Trophy
Monday, 21 October 2013
Ola Williams scored Wingate’s first goal
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY staged a stirring fightback to recover a two-goal deficit and snatch a 2-2 draw at home to Hitchin Town in the first round of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
It looked as if Wingate’s interest in the Trophy would come to a premature end when Robbie Burns scored twice to put the visitors in control at the interval.
But the hosts came storming back in the second half and Ola Williams reduced their deficit before Spencer McCall scored a last-gasp leveller from the spot to take the tie to a replay.
Hitchin started positively and were unlucky not to take an early lead when Stuart Pearson’s towering header crashed against the far post, but the hosts also went close when McCall lifted his effort over the bar from a tight angle.
It was the visitors who looked the more threatening side though, and Wingate keeper Bobby Smith had to be brace to save from Jamal Lowe before the deadlock was broken on 20 minutes when Burns headed in Lowe’s cross.
Burns doubled the advantage ten minutes later with a superb chip over the stranded Smith from the right side of the area, and the visitors offered little in the way of a response prior to the interval.
However, the second half was a different story and Wingate pulled a goal back on 52 minutes when Williams’ swirling cross from the left wrong-footed the keeper and drifted in at the far post.
Leon Smith should then have equalised when he was left with a free run on goal after being released by Josh Kennett, but his resulting shot narrowly cleared the bar.
But, with the match entering stoppage time, the hosts were handed a lifeline when Hector Morante was fouled in the box and McCall smashed home the penalty to set up tonight's replay.
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