On a frost bound playing surface which eased as the game progressed saw unbeaten Westerham visit Raleys Field to contest a quarter-final tie in the Sevenoaks Charit Junior Cup.
The Hammers finally just had the edge to progress through to a semi-final spot with a 2-1 victory. After a fairly even first half in which the Hammers had the better scoring chances but found goalkeeper Gary Sawyer in good form the tie changed dramatically at the start of the second half.
Two goals in quick succession gave the visitors a huge advantage the first coming straight from the kick-off with a low shot under Sawyer. This was a hard lesson for the Park who had battled so well in the first period to close down Westerham quickly with Jason Lee, Leon Terry and Jim Hagon in the thick of the action, the latter winning most of the aerial balls.
As the half progressed the Park had chances to equalise and even move ahead with Andy Streeter squandering an opportunity inside the 6-yard area, Alex David out sprinted his marker to strike a low shot just passed the far upright and then another strike hit the woodwork.
These are the chances the change the face of the game. During the last ten minutes the Park pushed forward in numbers and suddenly the hitherto well organised back four became suspect under pressure. Substitute Freddie Payne’s forward run caused problems and it was of little surprise when he scored. The last few minutes were frantic with Tor Osman striking an angle shot wide and then the Hammers were relieved to hear the final whistle.