Wilderpark “became of age” on a cold and wet afternoon defeating old adversaries Potters FC in a top table clash on the G3 pitch at Whitegate Field.
A ‘purple’ patch after 70 minutes put the Park into the ascendancy at 3-1 and despite a barrage of attacks, which invariably broke down in and around the 18 yard area, they held on to gain three vital points.
In an often feisty encounter Potters used the long ball tactic from the back forward to their fast raiding wingers particularly on the left flank where left back Richard Dewick was outstanding breaking up numerous attacks.
The Park’s play was in stark contrast, playing along the pitch with good movement and getting final passes through to Alex David on the right and Leon Lloyd on the opposite side. The visitor’s passing was not at its best during the first period but after the break and with the introduction of Danny Brazenell a change took place.
Brazenell came on as substitute for David on the half hour. David sustained a nasty blow to both knees crashing into the metal fence following a tackle having switched to the left when momentum took him sliding forward.
Potters went ahead midway through the first half which gave them a lift and for some minutes exerted a lot of pressure upon the Park defence forcing several corners. As the half moved towards the interval break the Park gained a corner on the left.
As the ball swung into the packed penalty area referee Derek Cunningham spotted an infringement on a Park forward pointing to the penalty spot. Amidst protests by the home team and with composureJoe McLoughlin struck the ball powerfully beyond the keeper. The teams went back to the centre circle but almost immediately at the restart the whistle was blown for half time.
Play swung from end to end for the opening quarter of the second period with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested althoughSteve Burgess, in an advanced forward position, had a header well saved.
The pendulum finally swung in the Park’s favour when Brazenell headed home and then Lloyd picked out James Hagon on the far post who calmly headed the ball into the net. Half chances followed while at the other end Christian Esposito watched anxiously as a fierce shot cleared the crossbar.
Then a barrage of attacks ensued with various substitutions including the appearance of former park player Chris Gubbins but all to no avail.
Wilderpark Reserves crashed 7-0 to visiting AW London at Raleys Field. After a five week break Park never got into their stride being well beaten at the final whistle.