On a sunny afternoon Wilderpark were outclassed by Nomads who totally dominated the midfield creating many scoring chances for a quick moving…
…and interchanging front line going down 3-0.
The Park were under strength missing Steve Burgess, Neil Cutts, Alex David and Danny Brazenell but this could not be put forward as an excuse for an inept performance. The unavailable players forced positional changes with further problems when Mike Jauncey was forced out of the game early on with an ankle injury.
Nomads went ahead in the first minute when they gained possession and a quick break caught the Park defence in a tangle but there was more than a hint of offside. To their credit the Park gradually came more into the game but generally were ineffective up front. The visitors struggled to get their normal fluid passing game together, passes went astray and so often central defender Dave Hobby came to the team’s rescue.
The hosts went further ahead towards the end of the first half when a diagonal pass out to the left caught out right back Steve Henniker who failed to disperse his marker and the forward slotted the ball home.
The Park had the slope in their favour after the interval and although stepping up their game were still very much second best. Nomads wasted several scoring chances although keeper Chris Esposito often came off his line quickly to thwart the home forwards.
At the other end Park had a chance to reduce the arrears but the home keeper was always alert to keep his goal intact. Back at the other end a ball into the 18 yard area put Henniker under pressure and a miss kick by the full back opened up the way for Nomads to increase their lead.
An afternoon for the Park to forget as they now look ahead for two quarter-final ties. The first this coming Saturday 27 April against Swanley Oaks in the Craske and Wells Memorial Cup to be played at Swanley Oaks.