Wilderpark went down 2-1 to visiting Eynsford at Raleys Field on Saturday in a closely contested affair with few clear cut chances bbeing created.
The Park were not at their best whilst accepting the fact that the visitors never allowed them to settle. Lacking the services of the unavailable Leon Lloyd,who provides support on the left in front of Neil Cutts and the pace of the injured Alex David the hosts generally lacked cohesion.
Eynsford took the lead on 21 minutes when a cross from the right eluded the last marker Billy Brazenell and the forward behind him headed beyond keeper Christian Esposito. This spurred the Park into action and soon it was the turn of the visiting goal keeper to watch anxiously as a fine shot cleared the crossbar. The keeper was again in action when diving to his left to fingertip an Andy Streeter shot beyond the upright.
Before the half time break Joe McLoughlin had the ball in the Eynsford net but the goal was disallowed for offside.
Eynsford came out brightly for the second half pushing forward to increase their lead. Park countered but so often attacks broke down in and around the 18 yard area. Jim Hagon, in particular, was finding it difficult to get into the game. A number of petty fouls crept into the play causing frustration amongst both teams.
From one such innocuous foul Eynsford were awarded a free kick some 20 yards out in a central position. As the shot penetrated the wall Esposito spilled the shot and the ball rebounded to a forward who promptly despatched it into the back of the net.
This seemed to spur the Park into action and as gaps in midfield began to appear a chance fell to Streeter who reduced the arrears from close range. The hosts pushed forward in search of the equaliser and despite time added on Eynsford held out for three vital points.
The Reserves visited AW London but returned home empty handed suffering a 3-0 reverse.
James Trick made a welcome return to the side but a number of changes from the team who played the previous week meant the side was somewhat disjointed.
However, enough scoring chances were created but wasted and had the opportunities been taken the result might have been different.