Aug 30 2012 By Tim Poole
Wembley 0-5 Uxbridge
A HAT-TRICK from Matty Woods and a late double from Nicke Kabamba guided Uxbridge to a 5-0 thrashing over Wembley in their FA Cup preliminary clash.
Four days earlier, Wembley had raced to an unlikely 2-0 lead over their higher league opponents but Uxbridge rallied to earn a replay, where they showed their class to crush Lions’ cup dreams.
The Division One Central side started the brighter as 19-year-old Kabamba met a looping cross to head against the crossbar after three minutes.
Wembley responded with a chance of their own 10 minutes later when Daryl Atkins’ close range effort forced keeper John Peacock into action.
But it was Uxbridge who carved the best early opening when left-back Kevin Warner fired wide after a cross-field ball found him in space down the left on 21 minutes.
Atkins was then denied once more before Kabamba rattled the woodwork again on the stroke of half-time.
After the break, the Lions started with purpose and vigour but it would be the visitors who opened the scoring as Woods latched onto a perfectly-timed through ball to finish coolly past Ian Pearce.
And Wembley’s woes were compounded on 63 minutes as Woods capitalised on a series of poor back-pass headers to grab his second.
Knowing they needed to chase the game, the Lions decided to go for broke and switched to a three-man defence.
Connor Carroll then came close with a far-post header, being denied by the on-song Peacock again.
But Wembley’s gung-ho approach would eventually cost them as Woods found himself in acres of space in the box on 84 minutes and duly completed his hat-trick.
The Lions continued to throw men forward but were caught on the counter once more in injury time, Kabamba unleashing a left-foot curler from the 18-yard line.
The rout was completed when Kabamba finished right-footed from similar range on 93 minutes.