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Wingate & Finchley set for FA Cup replay after they were held to a 0-0 draw against Biggleswade Town
5:20pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
Wingate & Finchley and Biggleswade Town will face off again tomorrow after their FA Cup first qualifying match ended in a goalless draw.
Brett Donnelly fired comfortably wide in an early chance for the visitors while Spencer McCall side-footed over the bar.
Wingate controlled possession with Ahmet Rifat and Tommy Tejan-Sie particularly calm in the middle. Biggleswade played on the counter but lacked any creative spark. Max York volleyed wide another difficult chance.
The best move of the game was created by Wingate. It sarted with Marc Weatherstone feeding the ball up to Smith. He turned and drove forwards before delivering a delightful cross to McCall, but with the ball dropping over his shoulder his half-volley flew over the bar.
In the dying moments of the opening 45 minutes came the game's controversial moment.
David Laird raced down the left side of the area and was clearly fouled just inside the box. But the referee took the easy option and gave a free kick outside.
McCall's set piece was then comfortably held by goalkeeper Ian Brown.
Biggleswade came close to opening the scoring after the break but a Donnelly volley was blocked by Ola Williams after a sweeping move down the right side.
For the Blues, Dean Mason had a low drive saved by Brown and McCall curled an effort from 18 yards narrowly wide.
Full-back York had another chance for the visitors, with a far post header from a deep corner but Smith was well-positioned to collect.
Both sides were hampered by the wind and in the extreme conditions saw no need to take excessive risk and both settled for a second bite at the cherry tomorrow evening.
Lineup: Smith B, Williams, Wright (Milner 67), Tejan-Sie, Weatherstone, Rifat, McCall, McGoningle, Smith (Bartram 73), Laird, Mason (Kennett 83). Subs: Christian, Hallam, Davies, Henry.
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