In conditions not conducive to playing constructive football the Smiths Intermediate League Cup First Round tie between Wilderpark and Eynsford became somewhat of a lottery.
High winds and heavy showers were the order of the afternoon and against ten men the Park struggled to cope with the elements.
Trailing 1-0 after an hours play it looked as though Eynsford would pull off a shock victory. Then within two minutes the Park’s fortunes changed dramatically. Leon Terry picked up the ball on the left, moved forward before striking a superb shot into the far top corner of the net Within a minute Fred Payne unleashed a somewhat similar shot to put the Park into the lead.
Funny old game is football an oft used cliché. Park struggled in the first half to cope with the conditions although with more control should have forged ahead. At the other end understrength Eynsford were determined to cause a few blushes particularly when a dipping shot from 40 yards just cleared the cross bar.
At the other end a powerful run by Alex David saw a shot clip the crossbar. On 20 minutes you Eynsford took the lead when the hosts were caught forward and a quick break down the left saw an angled shot cum cross deceive keeper Lewis Hughes and the ball entered the net.
Eynsford continued to show great spirit but found the speed of David and the trickery of Payne and Lloyd difficult to deal with. Just before the break David had a forceful surge down the right taking the ball into the 18 yard area and being clipped by the Eynsford keeper. There were calls for a penalty but the referee refused such appeals.
Eynsford came out for the second half determined to build on their lead. Almost from the kick off they were awarded a free kick which keeper Hughes diving to his right pushed the ball for a corner. When Jim Hagon scored from close range following another excellent corner by David it looked as though the Park were home and dry.
With 17 minutes play remaining Eynsford reduced the deficit when a free kick from a central position just outside the 18 yard area curled just inside the right upright. In a final frenzy Ollie Barnes hit the woodwork but the Park were relieved to hear the final whistle.
Next Saturday the Park visit Tonbridge Farm Sports Ground to play Hildenborough Athletic Reserves in the Sevenoaks Charity Junior Cup. Kick Off 1.30pm.