Having returned from a week’s holiday it is catch up time for me.
I did not have time to compile a report on our 5-3 victory over Platt United Reserves played on Saturday 30 March 2013. We struggled to overcome a spirited Platt team but eventually got on top in the scoring stakes with goals by Joe McLoughlin, Richard Dewick, James Hagon, Steve Henniker and Danny Brazenell.
The following Saturday 6 April we entertained the all conquering Ightham team and went down 4-0. We had a disappointing first half and although playing better after the break were never able to get our game together. Not for the first time on the big occasion we appeared to ‘freeze’ against better opposition instead of concentrating on our own game and strengths.
We faced Eynsford lying second in the Premier Division on Saturday 13 April and came home with a hard earned draw. Never at our best on the sloping pitch at Eynsford for a change we defended the slope and put up a disciplined and hard working performance during the first half going in at the interval trailing by the only goal. It was a commendable performance.
Without the influential Neil Cutts and Steve Burgess on the bench, there was a welcome return forAlex David into the squad.
After a tentative start to the second half we gradually got on top dominating the proceedings and creating many scoring chances. The Eynsford goalkeeper came to their rescue on numerous occasions making superb saves from a James Hagon free kick which looked destined for the back of the net inside the keeper’s left upright and a powerful header from Dan Brazenell where he met a cross from the left by Leon Lloyd on the far post.
The hard working Andrew Streetercame close to scoring on several occasions, then being denied when an accurate shot beat the keeper only for the ‘goal’ to be disallowed for offside, Lloyd missed chances and so the story went on. With time almost out and Park again on the attack a corner taken by Paul Burgess on the right came across into the packed 18 yard area and somehow the ball crept over the goal line inside the near post. It was only what the Park deserved. The referee blew his whistle immediately Eynsford restarted the game.
It was one of Park’s best all round team performances of the season with all members playing their part. Well done!
Wilderpark Reserves also did extremely well holding second placed Tonbridge Baptist Church to a 3-3 drawn match at Raleys Field. Another well done.