Wilderpark won their first Premier Division match of the season on Saturday winning 2-1 against visiting Fleetdown United B at Raleys Field
Encounters between the two teams are by tradition closely contested and this match was to be no exception. Missing the injured Alex David and the influential Mark Taylor along with keeper Christian Esposito the Park brought back Leon Lloyd into the line up, who was unavailable last week.
The Park produced some lively football during the first half with left full back Neil Cutts linking well with Lloyd and Paul Burgess down the left. Half chances came and went as James Hagon produced one of his best displays for sometime.
Hagon used the ball intelligently and was a power house in the centre alongside Joe McLoughlin, both of whom controlled the aerial balls. Up front Danny Brazanell was working hard to get back to his best shielding the ball well and making openings.
On 25 minutes the Park forged ahead when a delightful run down the left resulted in Lloyd crossing the ball to Andrew Streeter. The forward cut the ball back to Hagon, who from 20 yards, lashed a memorable shot into the top left hand corner of the net.
As with most teams taking the lead they can be somewhat vulnerable for a while but the Park regrouped until a lack of concentration let in Fleetdown down the left and a cross was knocked home beyond stand-in keeper Steve Henniker.
Play during the second half followed a not dissimilar pattern with the Park creating the better scoring opportunities. McLoughlin narrowly missed the target, Brazenell blazed over the bar and a shot struck the woodwork. The game was decided by a fluke involving substitute Alfie Smyth and the Fleetwood keeper but the Park were jubilant as the ball trickled over the goal line.
Next Saturday 6 October Wilderpark visit Kingsdown Racers and the Reserves entertain Seal Reserves both matches to kick off at 2.00pm