Ide Hill Reserves put up a valiant display against Wilderpark taking into consideration they are two Divisions below their opponents.
Eventually going down 1-0 in a quarter final tie of the Sevenoaks Charity Junior Cup. In fact the Hill forced the tie into extra time with the decider coming through an own goal in the 115th minute.
The blustery conditions and the constant use of referee Chris Knight’s whistle forcing numerous interruptions and bookings spoilt the tie as a football spectacle. The Hill lost Baz Pennells during the latter stages of the second period of extra time being shown the red card after a previous caution.
There were stages of the game when but for the excellence of keeper and Man of the Match Christian Esposito the Hill would have forged ahead. Ace marksman Chris Thomas was generally well contained by central defenders David Hobby and Steve Burgess but he may well have put his side ahead but for the brilliant Esposito.
Paul Burgess could have put the Park ahead during the first period of extra time but his powerful left foot drive from just outside the 18 yard area hit the crossbar and rebounded to Alex David who with all the time at his disposal headed the ball over the crossbar.
It was always going to be difficult to play constructive football in the conditions but both teams tried to overcome the elements. The Hill fought hard to contain the Park notably during normal time but the gaps in midfield began to appear during extra time which allowed the Park to play their normal game.
In the end a corner from the left taken by James Hagon caused problems for the Ide Hill defence forcing a player to deflect the ball into his own net. The Park thus reached the semi-final stage for the second year running.