It was an awful Fisher Shield tie at Raleys Field on Saturday as the Park entertained Green Street Green Rovers from two Divisions below in the League.
The tie swung from end to end throughout, both teams having good spells but with 90 minutes play registered at 2-2 the match went into extra time. Despite mounting pressure during the closing stages Rovers held on to record a notable 3-2 victory.
Park went into the tie without goalkeeper Lewis Hughes (broken finger), Alex David and Jim Hagon both injured, Andy Streeter and Paul Bellringer unavailable.
The problems were compounded as early as the fifth minute when Ollie Barnes left the field with a hip injury and then on 23 minutes Tor Osman appeared to fall awkwardly and in so doing, dislocated a knee cap, both players took no further part in the proceedings.
Osman eventually went to hospital and on Monday had an operation on the dislocated knee and torn ligament. His legs will be in a brace for 6 weeks and could be out of action for at least a year.
Our thoughts, from everyone within the Club, are with Tor and we all hope he will make a complete recovery and he able to return to football.
Park had the advantage of an early lead through an own goal after pressure from Freddie Payne and Alex Sharman forced a visiting defender to put through the ball passed his own keeper.
On the quarter mark Rovers drew level only for the hosts to regain the lead ten minutes later when a scorching diagonal ball by Paul Burgess found the unmarked Leon Terry who was able to pick his spot giving the keeper no chance of saving.
As play progressed the Park had a number of chances which might have seen their opponents off but as it so happens Rovers drew level on the 65th minute. Despite Burgess ‘pulling the strings’ and the introduction of young George Collins the tie went into extra time.
Into the second period of extra time the Park lost possession whilst pushing forward and a long ball caught the defence out of position and despite a valiant effort by Steve Burgess the Rovers forwards got the better of the exchanges knocking the ball beyond stand-in keeper Steve Henniker.
As time ticked by Jason Lee headed wide from a corner and then in the dying minutes Payne lofted the ball over the advancing keeper and as the ball advanced to the open goal a defender made a last ditch effort to hook the ball off the goal line.
Quite an eventful afternoon and a tie played in good spirits.