Eagles promising start to the new season came to a crashing halt against lowly Bovingdon, who took advantage of the poor finishing of Eagles forwards to secure an unexpected victory at Pixmore.
Eagles fielded a weakened team because of absence of key players on holiday but opened brightly with some neat passing but little penetration. Mich Cox went close with an effort from distance after 10 minutes but Bovingdon threatened on the break. Dan Goad produced a couple of fine saves to keep the scores level until the 30 th minute. Eagles were pressing hard and with chaos in the Bovingdon goal area the ball was headed against a post before breaking clear. A grateful Bovingdon defender hoofed it upfield and a lone Bovingdon attacker picked up the ball in the centre of the field and ran on unmarked to shoot past Goad from 20 yards. This stung Eagles into action and after heading a cross into the goalie’s hands Hunter Diack struck the corner of the post and crossbar with a thunderous shot from 25 yards after 35 minutes.
At half time Bovingdon probably deserved their interval lead , but second half Eagles put in an improved performance without being able to take any of a number of goal chances. Shane Carthy blasted narrowly wide from at least 30 yards after 70 minutes, and high over the bar shortly after. . As Eagles pushed forward they left themselves vulnerable at the back, and after a superb Goad save to palm away a goal bound shot, Bovingdon wasted another clear chance with a player free on goal but shooting wide.. Eagles tried some long shots without success and almost in the last minute were caught open with Goad charging well out of his area and a chip shot from all of 50 yards sailing over his head to bounce off the top of the bar..
Eagles failed to produce another late gaol as at Knebworth the previous game, and were forced to give second best to a delighted Bovingdon.