A ‘double’ in the second half by Andy Streeter gave Wilderpark a 2-1 victory over hosts Kingsdown Racers.
It was a just result for the Park as they dominated the first half proceedings with a strong wind in their favour. Playing some nice on touch football and moving into space they created so many chances the game should have been won by the halftime mark.
Steve Henniker, moved forward into a right wing position, squandered so many chances, shooting or heading wide of the target when in good scoring positions. Richard Dewick returned to the team at right full back with new signing Roy Keaveny partnering Dave Hobby at the heart of the defence.
Keaveny made an impressive debut powerful in the air quick to the ball and making good use of passes to the midfield. Streeter also missed a few chances but on the half time whistle the Park were well on top but scoreless.
Soon after the restart Streeter had two excellent scoring chances, one with a header and the other with a left foot shot, both missing the target. Kingsdown made a few flurries forward but in general the Park defence contained the home forwards.
Streeter finally put the Park ahead shooting powerfully into the net with the Kingsdown defence appealing for an alleged offence which was not given. Play swung from end to end for a while and keeper Chris Esposito did well to save a fierce free kick, diving to his left to push the ball away for a corner.
Soon afterwards Esposito was adjudged to have fouled a Kingsdown forward on the far post from a right wing cross. The keeper half saved the spot kick but the ball rebounded to the penalty taker who slotted the ball into the net.
The Park pushed forward in search of the winner and from a well constructed move the ball swung out left to Leon Lloyd. The winger took the ball forward before crossing where Streeter was on hand to finish with a header. He almost scored his hat trick soon after but for a mix-up with Henniker just outside the 18 yard area.
The Park Reserves took their exit from the Fisher Shield at Raleys Field losing 4-1 to Tonbridge Baptist Church from Division Two. Defensive errors added to an own goal cost the Park a semi-final place but overall they were not disgraced by their higher division opponents.
Wilderpark Reserves return to League action this coming Saturday 29 March when they travel to play Borough Green at Wrotham.
The 1st team entertain Kingsdown Racers at Raleys Field looking to pick up maximum points to secure their place in the Premier Division next season. Both matches kick off at 2.00pm.