Wilderpark retained their unbeaten record in 2020 with a comfortable 6-1 victory over Swanley at windswept Raleys Field on Saturday.
The Park got off to the perfect start scoring twice during the opening five minutes, both goals coming from Andy Streeter. It might have been different but Swanley squandered a scoring opportunity in the first minute.
Thereafter the Park squandered many scoring chances albeit there were patches of scrappy play not helped by the gusty wind and bumpy playing surface. At times the visitors looked good going forward but the Park defence with Adam Balcombe deputising in central defence held firm. The effervescent Mark Taylor was always at hand to help out and he continued to encourage his players.
The skilful Billy Muckle increased the hosts lead on 23 minutes with a delightful chip shot which sailed into the far corner of the goal and not long afterwards a long throw-in by Muckle was met by Balcombe to make the score 4-0.
The second half gradually drew to it’s inevitable conclusion with further strikes coming through Balcombe, a brilliant shot on the turn from inside the 18 yard area and finally Streeter completing his hat trick. The young Swanley team never gave up trying and got their consolation goal early in the half.
The Park welcomed back Alex David having recovered from a broken jaw sustained during the early part of the season. The team has now been able to return to full strength after several other absentees during the first half of the campaign.
Victories over Southborough Reserves 4-2, Tatsfield Rovers 4-2 has seen the Park come up Division Three but currently out of the promotion stakes. However, they have a Smiths League Junior Cup semi-final tie to look forward to with a home fixture against West Farleigh Reserves.