Wilderpark slumped to their heaviest defeat dating back to the latter part of last season going down 4-0 to St Lawrence at Raleys Field.
There were several talking points after the match which probably had an outcome to the eventual result.
Following an indifferent opening when Saints mounted attack after attack the Park gradually came more into the game. Keeper Christian Esposito made two brilliant saves in quick succession to deny Saints from moving ahead. Almost immediately, Saints defence was caught napping when Park broke quickly and with Mark Taylor escaping the offside trap he watched agonisingly as his shot rolled narrowly beyond the right upright.
Into the second half the Park had a good opening spell but, like the first period, lacked fire up front. Danny Brazenell was brought down inside the area and the referee, after slight hesitation, pointed to the penalty spot.
After protests from the opposition, he decided to speak to the Saints lineman. The referee returned to the 18 yard area and re-affirmed his decision to award a spot kick only to change his mind pointing to a goal kick!
Park were visibly disheartened by the whole affair and soon Saints had taken a 3-0 lead. Leon Lloydmaking his first appearance of the campaign came on as substitute along with Alex David as the hosts made positional changes. But this was to no avail as Saints scored from a well worked move to put the result beyond doubt.
The last ten minutes saw Park playing better and opening up the visitors defence but try as they might they were unable to get even a consolation goal.
There was better news for the Reserves who romped to an 8-1 victory of St Lawrence Reserves in the First Round of the Smiths League Junior Cup at Bitchet Green. It was the
Reserves highest score for several seasons.
After performing well the previous week against Hildenborough Athletic 3rd, but losing
a 2-0 half time lead to eventually draw 2-2, the Park stormed at Saints who had no answer to the scoring strength of hat trickstersJason Lee and Alfie Smyth. Also on target were Damien Meade andSam Morton.
In the semi-final tie the Park meet either Seal Reserves or AW London at Raleys Field.
This Saturday 26 October Wilderpark’s 1st team entertain Premier Division champions Ightham while the Reserves play away to Borough Green in the First Round of the Sevenoaks Charity Junior Cup.