Park gave one of their best performances in the history of the Club to defeat Farnborough OBG Res 3-0 in the 2nd Round of the Sevenoaks Charity Cup.
There were a number of memorable moments none more than the fact that it was the first time in the Club’s 59 years history that they won a Senior Cup tie. It was a superb and memorable team performance particularly during the first half when Farnborough had no answer to the Park’s flowing football.
A combined team performance overall but in keeper Christian Esposito two brilliant saves stood out. One in the first half when, following a defensive mistake letting in an attacker, he stretched his frame diving to the right to push away a shot which look destined for the far corner of the net. Then, in the latter stages of the tie he brought off another excellent save to deny the hosts.
The first half was full of fluent football with Joe McLoughlin, Mark Taylor and Alex David effective down both flanks. David was the first to score from close range on 10 minutes followed by McLoughlin after good work by Taylor. Paul Burgess was at his best in midfield supported by Jim Hagon.
The home keeper made a number of fine saves as the Park pushed forward in search of further goals.
Farnborough came more into the tie after the interval break as they endeavoured to reduce the deficit but generally the Park defence held firm. Andy Streeter narrowly missed the target and McLoughlin had a brilliant left footed snap shot flash across the face of the goal.
Steve Henniker replaced Steve Burgess and Leon Lloyd, who was suffering with a heavy cold, came on for Streeter but not before the striker had put the Park further ahead.
Lloyd could and should have scored not long after coming on as substitute when a ball in from the right left him with the easiest of scoring chances but he shot wide.
Wilderpark now face a home tie against either Ide Hill or Platt United, both of the Kent County League, in a quarter final tie.
Wilderpark Reserves put up a resolute performance against Division Three leaders Ightham Reserves before going down 3-1 at Raleys Field. The Park were denied what they through was a definite penalty which would have brought the scores level, although a late third goal finally settled the destiny of the points
This coming Saturday 1 December Wilderpark 1st team return to League action against St Lawrence at Rayleys Field and the Reserves face an away fixture against Tonbridge Baptist Church, both matches with a 2.00pm kick off.
Wilderpark attained most points for Sportsmanship in the Premier Division for the month of October. Congratulations!