Wilderpark walked away from Stone Recreation Ground on Saturday after suffering an unexpected 3-0 reverse against Halls AFC Reserves.
Wilderpark walked away from Stone Recreation Ground on Saturday after suffering an unexpected 3-0 reverse against Halls AFC Reserves in the semi-final of the Sevenoaks Charity Junior Cup. It was the Park’s second semi-final reverse in consecutive seasons.
Halls thoroughly deserved their success and belied their lowly position in Division One of the Sevenoaks and District Football League. The Dartford based team seem to reserve their best form for Cup football lacking consistency in League matches.
By half time the result of the tie could have been beyond recall. Halls squandered several scoring chances during the last quarter leading up to the half time break. The Park were under constant pressure with the midfield unable to contain the home team’s neat build up play.
The usually dominant Park midfield never settled lacking movement, settling for the over use of the long ball coupled with poor passing and sadly missing the overlapping left full back Neil Cutts. Richard Dewick, deputising for Cutts, together with the consistent Dave Hobby stood head and shoulders above their team mates.
The Park defended the slope during the first half and with lady luck on their side kept a clean sheet. With a degree of optimism the Park started the second half looking to forge ahead but it was Halls who took the early initiative taking the lead and then adding two more goals during the next fifteen minutes.
On 65 minutes the Park had their first shot at goal but the ball went straight into the hands of the Halls keeper. Andrew Streeter came on to replace the injured Joe McLoughlin but lasted only a few minutes. Going up to head a ball in contention with an opponent a clash of heads resulted. Streeter slumped to the ground and then taken off with concussion and took no further part in the match.
Paul Burgess came into the midfield and began to make an impression but to no avail. As the minutes ticked away and the final whistle beckoned it was not to be Park’s day and Halls AFC Reserves thus went through for their first Sevenoaks Charity Junior Cup semi-final.