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South Park 3 - 1 East Grinstead Town

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Park returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory against East Grinstead Town on a very hot August Bank Holiday Monday.

 

It was East Grinstead who created the first opportunity with a left wing cross in the second minute which the park defence hurriedly cleared. Chris Smith breaking down the left picked out Lavery with his cross however the Town defence prevented him from getting his shot away. Dan Moody found Jackson whose shot on the turn from 25 yards flew over the bar. Lovegrove picked out Josh Gallagher and his shot from 20 yards sailed over the bar. Smith had a shot deflected behind for a corner. Joe Jackson’s lay off looked to have played Smith however King reacted quickly to clear the danger.

 

Park made two changes at the beginning of the second half with Merchant and Mazzone replacing the injured Pullin and McElligott. As in the first half it was Grinstead who created the first chance with Elliott heading over the bar at the far post. Jack Stafford cleared a dangerous right wing cross. Dean Lovegrove’s ball down the right found Gallagher however the Park midfielder over hit his cross with Smith unmarked in the box. Mobsby dragged a long range effort wide for the Wasps. Kieran Lavery played in Joe Jackson who was denied by Brown in the Town goal with Smith hitting the follow up effort over the bar. Park broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute when Smith converted Gallagher’s right wing cross. Hogan shot wide from ten yards shortly before Town got back on level terms when Bown volleyed into the roof of the net from 15 yards. A long ball from Callum Thomas caused panic in the Town defence as keeper Brown came out of his area but his headed clearance went high into the air where Jackson reacted first and headed into the unguarded net from 16 yards. Brown made amends in the 89th minute as he tipped a quickly taken Lovegrove free kick from 45 yards over the bar. Park sealed the victory in stoppage time when Smith was brought down in the box and Lavery converted the spot kick.

 

Park who are without a fixture on Saturday entertain Molesey on Tuesday 5th September in the 1st round of the Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Velocity Sports.

 

Line-up: Callum Thomas, Dean Lovegrove, Luke Elliot, Jack Stafford, Adam Pullin, Josh Gallagher, Dan Moody, James McElligott, Chris Smith, Kieran Lavery, Joe Jackson Subs: Jack Mazzone, Nathan Ayling, Izzy Adebayo, Dylan Merchant, Dan Stone