Wilderpark reached the final of the Smiths League Junior Cup on Saturday 18 February with a hard fought semi-final tie against Ide Hill Reserves at Raleys Field recording a 3-1 victory.
The Park had an excellent opening quarter causing mayhem in the visitors defence with accurate passing and quick breaks particularly down the right where Alex David was prominent. On ten minutes a four man move was finished off clinically by Andy Streeter from close range. Three minutes later the hard working Damien Meade set up the second for Tor Osman.
More pressure followed. Streeter headed at the Hill keeper from a corner and in a scramble inside the six yard area the ball was cleared away.
Gradually Ide Hill showed more composure and came into the tie with promising thrusts through the middle but generally the hosts back four held firm with the returning Neil Cutts, in place of the unavailable Steve Burgess and left back Paul Bellringer outstanding.
As the half progressed the Park appeared to slacken off and came under growing pressure from corners and long throw-ins. A quick break through the middle caught the defence napping which allowed the Hill to reduce the deficit just before half time.
The Park had the benefit of the lowering sun behind them in the second half which was keenly and closely contested by both teams. Leon Terry was replaced on the left by Freddie Payne following a nasty blow on his ankle. Keeper Chris Esposito continued to stand firm in the Park goal although four clear cut scoring chances were created at either end. Despite good approach work by the visitors the Park continued to defend well. The hard working D Meade was replaced by Jim Hagon returning from injury but the midfielder did not last long with the recurring problem and Paul Burgess came on as substitute.
The Park pressurised continually during the last quarter in search of the all important third goal. Alfie Smyth went close hitting the woodwork and David screwed a shot wide of the target. Then with time running out Burgess netted to put the result beyond doubt.