This quarter final Kent Junior Cup Group C tie played at Gillingham was the first time in the club’s history that they had reached this stage of the Competition.
With a full squad with the exception of Andy Streeter the players were confident of progressing in the Competition. After a fairly controlled start the Park were suddenly under pressure and but for the excellence of keeper Christian Esposito who made two outstanding saves would have gone behind.
After a period of pressure Medway took the lead following a corner on the left which the Park failed to defend. A further goal followed as the visitors lacked link-up play between the defence, midfield and to the forwards.
Too often balls were punted up field where the Medway defence were able to retrieve the ball, move forward and put more pressure on the Park defence. Freddie Payne was wasted on the left flank, Paul Burgess playing for the first time since a long injury fought hard to set up some constructive moves but there seemed to be little time to settle.
Medway were bullish in their approach to the game and generally quicker to the ball. A further goal followed as half time approached and with injuries to Leon Terry and Payne the break allowed the Park to make substitutes.
With the defence being vulnerable to the high crosses from corners further goals followed together with one from a fierce free kick into the keeper’s top right hand corner of the goal. There was some consolation when Osman pulled a goal back and with luck the Park may have got a couple more.
At the end the Park were well beaten and must now concentrate on the League and together with the up and coming Smiths League Junior Cup and Fisher Shield.