Scaffolders set up TV glory for South Park
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Greenwich Borough 1
South Park 2
SCAFFOLDERS continue to be at the centre of South Park's FA Cup success – two helping to earn victory in front of the ITV cameras.
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One, Georgie Smith, scored the winner on his debut, while another, keeper James Wastell, made a couple of vital saves.
George's brother, Michael, who shares his sibling's professional, will return for Park against Sheerwater at the weekend after a holiday.
All three could be needed to erect a small platform for the TV cameras, which will now visit Whitehall Lane on August 28 when the club continues to be featured on the channel's Road to Wembley feature.
The game in the preliminary round will be against Horsham YMCA, will the cameras following thread all the way to the first round proper in November for a report during its live game coverage.
Boss Joe McElligott was delighted with an all-round performance in front of the barely noticeable cameras.
He said: "It was a good game. Overall, we created more chances in the first period and they came back in the second – they were a very good side.
"To be honest there was no distraction. It was a small filming crew and they were out of the way. It didn't feature in the build up process, we were just focused on the game.
"It was a very good, impressive team display. All the lads did well. James Wastell pulled off a couple of great saves. Gareth Balcombe in midfield had a good game as did all the lads. Georgie Smith and Dan Mottram did well up front."
McElligott now faces the prospect of raising his team for a second TV match - as well as preparing a platform for the cameras.
"We will erect a scaffold to get off the round so there are some form of facilities.
"It's not a big camera, just a shoulder one."
The coach that went to Holmesdale – where Greenwich groundshare – was full to its 57-seat capacity.
Both sides were eager to progress in the competition, with the added incentive of the television cameras following the winners.
Park took the lead after just three minutes.
Wastell's long clearance was missed by the Greenwich Borough centre-halves, which allowed Karl Parker in to chip the keeper.
Borough, the first club of Crystal Palace legend Ian Wright, then started to apply some pressure and equalised on 17 minutes when a long-range effort from Bell hit the bar, the rebound was headed home by Mabbs.
Two minutes later Park were back in front when Parker picked the ball up on the left hand side and beat the full-back before finding Smith, who hit a right-footed shot across the goalkeeper into the bottom corner of the net.
South Park were now playing the better football and created a number of chances.
Kieran Lavery produced an excellent save from the keeper from 20 yards.
Wastell made a fine save from Binites' low angled drive a couple of minutes before the break to ensure Park went in at the interval in front.
Early in the second half Parker nearly increased the lead when, after a mazy run beating two defenders, his lob went over.
Dan Mottram's right wing corner, which was met on the volley by Lavery, was cleared off the line but Smith could not put away the rebound.
Greenwich skipper Mabbs then had two efforts blocked by Wastell in the Park goal. With the game into added time Greenwich Borough thought that they should have been awarded a penalty when their winger went down under a challenge from Matt Smith, however the referee waved away their appeals.
Park now return to league action on Saturday when they face Sheerwater at home.
South Park: Wastell, O'Sullivan, Ward, Guscott, Wilson, Whiting-Balcombe, Mottram, Georgie Smith, Parker, Lavery, Stone. Subs:- Chris Smith, Justin David, Matt Smith, Mullard, Jamie David, Smythe.