A Joe McLoughlin hat trick was the highlight of Wilderpark’s emphatic 7-0 away victory over Halls AFC Reserves and thus secured the runner spot.
The Park dominated the first half proceedings playing some of their best football of the season with good movement, accurate short passing and clinical finishing. It was pleasing to the eye as the players had strived all season to put a performance like this together.
Goals by Paul Burgess (2) who started the first half rout, McLoughlin with a brace which included a spot kick, James Hagon and Richard Dewick into the top far corner of the net gave the Park a 6-0 advantage.
Halls put up a better showing during the second half with some of their promising youngsters contesting the midfield areas and making life difficult for the Park. Having the advantage of the sloping pitch did not work in favour of the visitors as they tended to over hit the ball on the greasy surface.
McLoughlin completed his hat trick following a neat pass by teenager substitute Tom Lusher. Hagon went close with a powerful volley which struck the upright and the agelessSteve Burgess almost scored with a header.
The promotion to the Premier Division is a just reward, having just missed out the previous season, for a squad of players who have performed consistently well over the season also winning the Smiths Premier League Cup and reaching the Sevenoaks Charity Junior Cup for the second year running.