Not for the first time this season, Wilderpark came from behind to get a 3-2 victory away to lowly Borough Green.
Jason Lee made his debut in the Park goal deputising for the injured Lewis Hughes and had the distinction to ‘save’ a feeble spot kick late in the game which would have given a spirited Green team a share of the spoils.
Leon Gunstone, a new signing, also made his debut coming on as a substitute in the second half. He looked lively up front causing the home defence a few problems.
It was a a spirited opening to the first half with play switching from end to end and the Green always dangerous on the break making good use with the long ball. The Park created some good openings with Tor Osman going close with a header and Freddie Payne shooting straight at the goalkeeper after an excellent long ball from Steve Burgess.
The Green countered and a good movement down the left flank saw a forward shoot into the side netting. Payne was again a threat after a neat pass by Neil Cutts but his shot went wide of the upright. On 18 minutes the Green went ahead when a long pass caused problems in the Park defence and the ball was flicked into the net.
The Park recovered from the set back and pushed forward. Jim Hagon shot straight at the keeper from a free kick, Leon Terry shot over the crossbar and Alex David headed wide from a Paul Burgess cross. At the other end a Green forward struck the crossbar for the ball to be cleared to safety.
On the half hour the hosts gained a free kick of the left just outside the 18 yard area and the subsequent kick sailed into the far top corner of the goal. A few minutes later a long clearance by Hagon found David on the right. He took the ball forward, cut in and unleashed a powerful shot which the keeper could only beat out for the striker to knock the ball into the net.
Soon afterwards a corner on the left caused problems for the Green defence and in a packed area Osman crashed the ball into the net. At half time 2-2.
Ollie Barnes came on for the restart after the break for Osman and immediately made an impact providing an excellent service to David on the right. The game swung from end to end in much the same way as the first half. Chances were created and squandered at both ends.
Barnes missed a good scoring opportunity, Cutts had a shot tipped over the crossbar from a Paul Burgess free kick and then good work on the left by Terry set up Payne for the winner.
Lee’s penalty save followed, Gunstone spent ten minutes in the Sin Bin and finally the Park secured maximum points. It was an excellent game.