Wilderpark returned from a visit to Bitchet Green and a match against St Lawrence with a creditable share of the spoils after a 1-1 draw.
The Park welcomed back into the squad keeper Christian Esposito along with Alex David who had recovered from a hamstring injury. There was also a welcome return for Mark Taylor to the starting line-up.
Saints came out of the starting blocks firing on all cylinders and striker Tom Wright was soon in action with two powerful shots which Esposito took in his stride. After 20 minutes the Park gradually came more into the game with Andy Streeter prominent down the right flank. Fullbacks Richard Dewick andNeil Cutts were sound at the back the latter linking well with Paul Burgess and at times with a subduedLeon Lloyd.
When Lloyd came alive he unsettled his marker a number of times and from one such move he cut inside to provide a scoring opportunity which brought a good save from the Saints keeper.
The Park showed more steel to their play after the break starting the second half brightly and creating a number of half chances. On 70 minutes and following a corner on the left the unmarked Jamie Herbert put Saints ahead heading powerfully into the net.
With 13 minutes play remaining Paul Burgess picked up the ball on the left and hit an exquisite chip over the right full back to find Cutts with a well timed run down the flank. Cutts low cross found substitute Joe McLoughlin the ball eventually finding Danny Brazenell who scored from close range.
Substitute David replaced the hard working Streeter and made a number of surging runs down the right flank, one powerful strike which brought a magnificent save from the Saints keeper. At the other end it was Esposito’s turn to make an excellent save at the near post to deny Saints.
An enjoyable match with both teams playing good constructive football but one in which the Park may feel they dropped two points.
This coming Saturday 20 October the Park entertain Platt United Reserves at Raleys Field.
The Reserves went down 3-1 to Oak Park Rangers at Raleys Field in a match best forgotten for a variety of reasons. Jason Leenetted for the Park with Oaks scoring in the dying minutes to put the result beyond doubt.
Keeper Mike Jauncey returned to the side after making his first team debut the previous week withGary Sawyer having to sit out the fixture following a one weeks ban.