Wilderpark went out of the Smiths League Intermediate Cup at the semi final stage on Saturday going down 3-2 to hosts Tonbridge Invicta Reserves in a closely contested affair.
Invicta enjoyed a lot of the possession in the first half moving the ball quickly with good movement but so often their attack broke down in and around the 18 yard area. Some woeful shooting when in good positions and several outstanding saves by keeper Lewis Hughes helped the Park keep a clean sheet at the half way mark.
It was one way traffic for much of the second half with Invicta on top and when Neil Cutts was adjudged to have brought a player down in the penalty area, the spot kick taker took a perfect shot low down into the corner of the net.
This was a wake up call for the Park and Barnes, Paul Burgess along with Freddie Payne opened play up for David who shot wide. Soon afterwards the Park built another good move but having pushed forward lost possession just outside the area. Invicta seized upon the opportunity and a swift break found the Park defence open at the back and the ball was soon in the net.
With five minutes play remaining good work by Payne on the left saw him strike a further shot into the far corner of the goal. At 2-2 with time running out extra time loomed until Invicta were awarded a corner on the left.
The ball was swung over and a hard shot from close range appeared to go through the upward stretched hands of Lewis and into the net. There was barely time for the game to be restarted.