HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREM DIVISION
The old cliché of a ‘ game of two halves’ is well suited to this game with Eagles first to settle and a good first half performance, followed by a stronger Whitwell recovery late in the second half as the Eagles brought on their subs to freshen up the team.
Within the first 5 minutes eagles had a strong shout for a penalty for a heavy challenge on Shane Carthy in the penalty area, but claims were waved away by the match official.
After 6 minutes Whitwell almost got the first goal with a long ball over the top of the Eagles defence which keeper Dan Goad was quickly out of his goal to collect from the onrushing forward.
It was then eagles turn to threaten and after 8 minutes they scored an excellent goal when a Jamie Platt shot hit a defender and came to Krystian Michalak, who drove the ball along the ground into the corner of the net from 18 yards.
Eagles continued to press and after 15 minutes Taylor Rhiney had a goal bound shot deflected by a defender just wide of the post. After 30 minutes it was 2-0 to eagles when a cross from Platt was banged in from 15 yards by Sam Gittings. Eagles could have added to their lead when Scott Berry blasted high over the bar after being well placed from a Rhiney knock down, and Whitwell seemed limited to the long ball over the top which seldom troubled the Eagles defence. They did get a clear chance just on half time but the Whitwell forward was too slow to react and was bundled off the ball just as he was about to pull the trigger from 15 yards out.
Whitwell came out second half with greater intent and within 10 minutes had forced eagles keeper Goad to make a good save, which came back to a Whitwell player who placed the ball wide of an open goal.
Whitwell continued to press, particularly on the left flank, and after 58 minutes almost got their reward when Jenhal Mullings misjudged another long ball over the top of the Eagles defence , and was forced to concede a corner that was headed just over the bar.. Michalak forced the Whitwell keeper to save well at the foot of his post but immediately Whitwell raced down the middle of the field and scored.
A few minutes later Den Crook fouled an opponent in the penalty area, and the penalty was hammered high into the net to make the score 2-2..
Both sides pressed for the winner in the final minutes with Whitwell clearly getting the better of an eagles side unable to make any impact in the final third of the field.