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Parkwood Rangers
Bromleians Reserves
H Scott (30'), N Cross (75'), N Parke (55')
Full time
Sat 6 Apr 14:45 - Kent County Football League - Division Three - West

Parkwood Rangers Vs Bromleians Reserves

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With Parkwood about to kick off their 4th to last league game of the season, they knew that a win would increase the pressure at the top of the table. However, with Bromleians coming off the back of an 8-1 win away at Peckham Town, they couldn’t afford

The game started scrappily, both teams failing to find any real passing rhythm, and neither keeper being tested fully. That was until roughly the half hour mark. Harry Scott turned and headed towards the Bromleians goal, seeking out a seemingly lost Ben Malyon, who was marauding down the right wing. Then, for possibly only the second time in his 20 year Parkwood career, Ben beat a man for pace and knocked the ball past the onrushing full back, before sweeping in a cross to the Bromleians box. The cross was met brilliantly by the leaping forehead of Harry Scott, who directed the ball goalward, in off the woodwork. 1-0 up after possibly breaking the longest distance for a one-two ever recorded in the history of the game*.

After the standard few clichés, from the enigmatic as always, Doug Scott (smile as wide, if not as full as ever, as a Cheshire cat after seeing his son score for the first time since November), the technical bits of information were left to the team’s Coach. Thankfully. One sub at half time to bring on a second out-and-out winger, and to try and kill off this game.

Despite dominating, and carving out a few half chances, it took a while for Parkwood to grab the second. But they did. After a bit of pinball mixed with head tennis, the ball was seemingly cleared out towards the edge of the Bromleians box, but Nathan Parke had other ideas. With his back to goal, and swivelling his hips round in a fashion that Shakira would have even struggled with, he caught the ball on the volley and rifled it into the top right hand corner. So caught up in the euphoria of scoring such a glorious goal, Nathan almost removed his shirt. Luckily he remembered where he was, and that he is rapidly on the path to 30 years of age, and refrained.

Although they were 2-0 up, and a few changes were made, with players swapping positions, the pressure still rained down on the Bromleians goal. Finally a third went in, after a few set pieces had come close, the ball fell to birthday boy Nathan Cross, who unleashed a venomous left footed strike, through the crowd between the ball and the goal. It was now 3-0 and Parkwood were on their way to 3 points. Heading back to the changing rooms the other results filtered in, and Equinoccial’s beating of Tudor, meant that with 3 games left in Parkwood’s season, they were now joint top, only second by a couple of goals.

This Saturday sees Parkwood take on Danson, who despite leading the table for a lot of the season, have fallen to 5th in recent weeks. With Tudor (1st) playing Welling Town (4th), this is one of Parkwood’s biggest games to date.

By Ben Malyon.

Key moments

30:00
Goal Harry Scott scores for Parkwood Rangers
55:00
Goal Nathan Parke scores for Parkwood Rangers
75:00
Goal Nathan Cross scores for Parkwood Rangers

Highlights

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75:00 Goal 3 - 0
Nathan Cross scores for Parkwood Rangers
55:00 Goal 2 - 0
Nathan Parke scores for Parkwood Rangers
End of period 1
30:00 Goal 1 - 0
Harry Scott scores for Parkwood Rangers
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Parkwood Rangers
  • Bromleians Reserves
  • 0
  • Harry Scott Goal 30:00'
  • Nathan Parke Goal 55:00'
  • Nathan Cross Goal 75:00'

Team selection

quieros, Jacob quieros, Jacob
Faulks, Alex Faulks, Alex
Hirsch, James Hirsch, James
Hibbert, Michael Hibbert, Michael
Cross, Nathan Cross, Nathan
Malyon, Tom Malyon, Tom
Grizzle, Chris Grizzle, Chris
Pickering, Henry Pickering, Henry
Scott, Harry Scott, Harry
Malyon, Ben Malyon, Ben
Parke, Nathan Parke, Nathan

League round up

Other Division Three - West results

Equinoccial
4
2
Tudor Sports Reserves
Farnborough OB Guild Reserves
1
1
Greenways Aces
Peckham Town Reserves
1
3
Welling Town Reserves

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Tudor Sports Reserves 26 57
2. Parkwood Rangers 26 56
3. Equinoccial 26 53
4. Danson Sports 26 49
5. Welling Town Reserves 26 46
6. Long Lane Reserves 26 39
7. South East Athletic Reserves 26 37

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