It is not very often that Wilderpark return from a visit to Nomads venue at Moweshurst Farm with three points in the bag. It has never been a happy hunting ground and the signs were ominous on Saturday when it was disclosed that no less than eight 1st team members were unavailable.
Only three players were left from the previous Saturday’s defeat away to Kings Hill Reserves plus two new young recruits who were substitutes. Included in the Park midfield were long serving Paul Burgess, Mark Taylor and Leon Terry, with a combined age of 128, who all went on to dominate the play throughout.
Both teams earned early corners and play continued from end to end. The excellent Gary Sawyer, deputising for the unavailable Lewis Hughes made an excellent save on 15 minutes to deny the Nomads right winger. The Park built a nice four man move but the attack broke down in the edge of the area.
A corner on the right taken by Burgess found Andy Streeter who headed over the crossbar. Soon afterwards the effervescent Burgess hit a long diagonal ball to Alex Sharman who was closely challenged by the Nomads left back, but the young winger got the better of the deal taking the ball forward and shooting into the far corner of the net to make it 1-0 to the Park.
Play continued with Nomads forcing a corner but it was well defended. Sawyer was again in the action saving brilliantly from an angled shot pushing the ball over the bar. Paul Bellringer had a fine run down the right but lost control of the ball which went into touch.
Twenty years old Luke Distin had a 20 yard shot which was dipping as the ball went over the bar and just before the break the youngster had another effort which went across the face of the goal.
As the half way mark arrived it had been a pleasure to watch a game of football well contested and handled by referee Mike Bakewell without any bickering amongst the Park players.
With the slope in their favour the Park opened the second half on the attack with a chance falling to Andy Streeter but the ball did not run kindly for him. Driven on by the influential Mark Taylor, always encouraging his players the Park looked dangerous going forward.
However, it was not all one way traffic and Sawyer was again in action pushing away a fierce shot from the hosts left winger for a corner. A good run by the hard working Streeter saw him finally brought down 20 yards from goal. Burgess took the resultant spot kick which found Jason Lee who headed wide.
Steve Rose who had deputised in the unaccustomed position of right back came back on to support Streeter up front. On 71 minutes with the Nomads defence ‘all at sea’ the ball fell to Streeter who back heeled the ball into the net.
Nomads continued to push forward but the Park defence held firm well marshalled by Bobby Jefferies. The Park were getting frustrated as offside decisions kept going against them but as the full time whistle was sounded they had picked up two unexpected valuable points. A fine performance all round.