A brace if goals by the versatile and dependable Steve Henniker, a fine performance by goalkeeper Lewis Hughes along with centre back Dave Hobby helped Wilderpark gain a 4-2 victory over hosts Chipstead Reserves in the quarter final of the Smiths League Intermediate Cup.
Chipstead got off to the perfect start scoring during the opening minutes when an acute left foot shot from the right went into the net despite a valiant effort by the diving Hughes to push the ball around his right upright.
Gradually the Park settled and on 17 minutes drew level through Leon Terry with a string shot from a central position. Soon afterwards Henniker was on target blasting the ball into the net from close range after a corner.
The hosts were always dangerous on the break using the flanks to their advantage but often vulnerable in defence. The busy central midfielder was at the heart of the attacks always prompting his forwards.
The Park had a dream of a start to the second half scoring twice in the space of a few minutes. A quick break down the right saw Alex David cross the ball to the on running Neil Cutts, who gave the Chipstead goalkeeper no chance of saving with a timely diving header. Henniker then popped with his second to give the Park a comfortable 4-1 score line.
However, Chipstead kept pushing forward but a superb rearguard action by the Park frustrated the home team for long periods. The Park had a lucky escape as the tie progressed when it was easier for their substitute to score from close range than to miss but his shot hit the upright.
Minutes later at the other end the Park had a shot strike the upright. As the tie became more open keeper Hughes was called upon to make a series of saves but could do little to save a powerful shot to give Chipstead hope.
Henniker may have grabbed a hat trick and other chances came and went for the Park but at the final whistle the score remained 4-2. An excellent cup tie.