Wilderpark crashed out of the Sevenoaks Charity Senior Cup at the quarter final stage going down 3-0 to Kent County League opponents Ide Hill.
In many ways the turning point of a closely contested affair came when after a slow start, the Park claimed that a shot had been handled inside the area by a Hill player. However, despite protests referee Ray Perry dismissed the appeals as the play then switched to the other end.
Excellent approach work and quick moves by the Hill through the middle saw the ever reliable Dave Hobby make a seemingly timely tackle just inside the 18 yard area falling to the ground in the process. Much to everyone’s amazement the referee pointed to the penalty spot. ‘The striker’ made no mistake with the resultant spot kick.
Following protestations Jim Hagon was cautioned for dissent. Also, Hobby in the act of falling to the ground dislocated fingers on his left hand.
As the half progressed the Park, having eventually recovered their composure, pressurised the Hill defence and on another day would have got on the score sheet. As it was and with the sloping pitch in their favour the ultimate victors netted twice more before the half time whistle.
With the slope and the wind in their favour the Park pressurised the Hill defence during the second half and were unlucky not to, at least reduce the deficit. From one shot the ball appeared to go over the goal-line but not given by the referee. The Hill countered and Christian Esposito made one excellent save to prevent them going further ahead.
Having made a number of substitutions Ide Hill never had the same fluency about their play but on the day were worthy winners and now face Eynsford in a semi-final encounter.