Wilderpark eased through to a Craske and Wells Memorial Cup semi-final with a narrow 4-3 victory over Swanley Oaks.
It took a well taken goal by Andrew Streeter who slotted the ball just inside the right hand upright with barely one minute remaining with extra time beckoning, to decide the tie.
Oaks had put up a stubborn performance against their Premier Division opponents causing a shock during the opening quarter by scoring twice. In fact Oaks had barely got into the Park half during the first ten minutes then struck with two swift attacks. Both strikers were a handful for the Park central defenders Dave Hobby and Richard Dewick.
Park were undoubtedly the better footballing side but so often their attacks broke down in and around their opponents 18 yard area and or over hitting passes with the advantage of a strong wind. Oaks finally conceded a goal when a well flighted free kick from the left taken by James Hagon went into the far corner of the net with the keeper stranded.
Just before the half time break good work by Leon Lloyd down the left and an accurate cross found the unmarked Paul Burgess who picked his spot before heading the ball into the net.
Oaks put up a tremendous fight during the second half despite good work by the Park down the flanks but in centre forward Streeter they had a lone striker. Alex David replaced Hagon and Steve Burgesscame on for Richard Dewick. Is is always dangerous to change the back four particularly when in this case Dewick and Hobby had got to grips with the Oaks twin strike force.
Park forged ahead when the lively David broke down the right chipping the ball over the advancing keeper to put them on the way to victory. Not to be outdone Oaks stormed forward and the diving Esposito made a brilliant save to push the ball round the post for a corner. Then a sequence of corners followed all of which were cleared by the Park defence.
Then a bizarre happening. A long ball forward by Oaks initially looked harmless until first Esposito advancing off his goal line and then Burgess S both in quick succession quite explicably miss-kicked the ball. The ball fell to Joe Brocklesby who had the easy task of rolling the ball into the empty net.
Both teams pushed for the all important decider and as the minutes ticked by extra time looked a distinct possibility until Streeter’s well struck shot and soon afterwards referee Tom Reddick’s whistle to end an absorbing encounter.
Wilderpark Reserves completed their season on a high note defeating hosts Seal Reserves 4-2. The Park controlled the first half creating a number of chances but it was the home side who held a 2-1 interval lead.