Visitors Kingsdown Racers were totally outclassed during the first half with Wilderpark going in at the half way stage leading 3-1.
Watched by Mrs Burgess, the mother of Paul and Steve, the Park played excellent football with good movement, quick passing and breaking quickly particularly down the right flank where Joe McLoughlinwas outstanding in this First Round of the Craske and Wells Memorial Cup. At the back Dave Hobby was his usual commanding self well supported by his fellow defenders.
Kingsdown, to a point, were their own enemies constantly challenging referee Brian Shelton’s decisions resulting in two players being cautioned. When they put there mind to engaging in constructive football they can be a different team.
The industrious Paul Burgess put the Park ahead on 10 minutes with a well flighted free kick deep on the left which floated into the far corner of the net with the keeper well beaten. A superb run by McLoughlin led to the second goal with the midfielder knocking the ball into the net from close range.
Kingsdown replied from a corner on the right which found the unmarked forward who struck the ball into the net. By this time the Park should have been far enough ahead to have put the result beyond doubt but for some near misses, the most glaring being a shot by Danny Brazenell which cleared the crossbar.
Almost on the half time whistle another surging run and cross by McLoughlin was met by Andrew Streeter, on for the injured Brazenell, who hooked the ball into the net.
Kingsdown came out for the second half in a slightly better frame of mind playing together more as a team. They had some near escapes at the back but reduced the deficit when the Park, not for the first time this season failed to defend a dead ball situation. A high ball from a free kick caused panic in the defence and a forward was on hand to take advantage.
For a while the Park lost their shape but gradually with P Burgess prominent in midfield they picked up and Streeter netted on the break. Taylor gave way to Alex David but the winger was well marked by the left back and was unable to use his speed to test the visitors defence. Kingsdown had another player cautioned, this time for kicking the ball away after disagreeing with an official decision.
With 10 minutes remaining Kingsdown reduce the arrears when the Park defence was stretched leaving Joe Willis with an easy scoring opportunity. The final proceedings were played out with play going from end to end but no further additions to the score.
Wilderpark now face another home tie this time against Borough Green United in the Second Round.