South Park made it back to back wins with a 2-1 victory away at VCD Athletic thanks to an injury time Jack Mazzone penalty.
Both teams started brightly causing both defences to be on their toes. Merchant at full stretch cut out a dangerous through ball for the home side. Thomas turned a shot from 15 yards behind for a corner, the first of three outstanding saves he made during the game. Park broke the deadlock in the 8th minute when Mazzone and Moody palyed a neat one two on the edge of the area and Mazzone’s cross shot was parried by Mant in the VCD goal but the ball hit one of his own defenders and cannoned back into the goal. Moody’s shot from 20 yards was deflected behind for a corner. Thomas saved well by his left post from a shot from the edge of the area which took a deflection. Mant pushed out a shot from Jackson and then saved Lavery’s shot from 14 yards. Lawson’s 20 yard shot flew over the Park bar whilst Mant saved Jackson’s angled drive.
Park almost doubled their lead when Moody’s shot was pushed out by Mant and Lavery’s shot was blocked. However VCD were back on level terms two minutes into the second half when Martin headed home a right wing cross at the far post. Darboe burst through the Park defence but hit his shot over the bar. Mazzone’s curling shot flew over the bar. Lavery running at the VCD defence was pulled back. His free kick was blocked by a defenders raised arm and the referee pointed to the spot. Park were unable to take advantage as Lavery’s spot kick was saved by Mant. Park thought that they had scored a second in the 65th minute when Mazzone tapped home Jackson’s flick on but Jackson was adjudged to have fouled Mant. Thomas made a finger tip save from a long range shot to deny the home side. A cross from the right found Smith whose header hit the bar. In the 3rd minute of stoppage time Smith got goal side of his marker and was brought down as Park were awarded another penalty. This time Mazzone stepped up and calmly found the bottom corner to claim the three points for Park.
South Park now have successive home games against Herne Bay on Tuesday and Hastings Utd on Saturday.
South Park: Thomas, Windsor, Elliott, Pullin, Merchant, Gallagher, Gill, Moody, Lavery, Mazzone, Jackson. Subs: Smith, Ayling, Stone, Nicholls, O’Sullivan.