On a bitterly cold afternoon Eagles gained revenge for their recent 4-3 defeat at Belstone, recording a narrow victory which should have been more comfortable. In a scrappy game, Eagles always just had the edge, playing the better football, making more chances but failing to convert into goals due to erratic finishing. Eagles had the best of the early exchanges and had a goal disallowed for offside inside the first 5 minutes. Soon after a defensive error forced Dan Goad to make a good block from the Belstone striker, but Eagles ascendancy paid off on 25 minutes when a great run and cross by Kristian Micalek was slid home by Jamie Platt. Belstone had a good ten minute spell in the middle of the half, and their striker should have equalised when he headed an easy chance well over the bar. Eagles regained the initiative for the remainder of the half and had chances, Micalek firing over, Platt shooting straight at the keeper and Denison Crook (?) heading straight at the keeper from a Paul McGennity cross.
The second half was more of the same Mitchell Cox, Shane Carthy, Jamie Platt having unsuccessful attempts, but Eagles couldn’t get that important second goal and almost paid the penalty as Belstone finished in more determined style and after an excellent block and save by Dan Goad the Belstone number two fired just wide of the post in the last minute.