Eagles triumph over local rivals!
On a beautiful sunny evening a young Eagles side produced one of their best footballing performances of the season to beat high flying Baldock, who are already assured of a second place position in the league table.
Eagles once again fell behind to an early goal. This time in the 6th minute when they conceded a ‘ soft goal’ A cross from the right was only partially cleared and straight to an opponent who banged it into the net from just inside the penalty area.
After 15 minutes Baldock nearly scored again when another cross from the right was put just wide of the post, but Eagles raced up field and almost scored themselves when a cross by Luke Shimell was headed over the bar by Mitch Cox from a few yards out and with the goal gaping.
Play swung from end to end with Baldock relying on the long ball over the top and eagles trying to play more measured football on the ground. Eagles got their reward after 25 minutes when Cox scored the equaliser with a free kick 25 yards out which whistled into the top corner of the net with keeper Stilwell well beaten .
After 30 minutes Taylor Rhiney broke clear on the right but his shot from 20 yards was straight at Stilwell. Sam Williams then had a shot cleared off the line by a Baldock defender and Eagles were a shade unlucky not to go into half time a goal ahead.
In the second half Eagles continued to harry and press and got their reward after 52 minutes when Baldock failed to clear their lines and Shane Carthy collected the ball from 20 yards and beat the keeper with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. Eagles then went 3-1 up after 70 minutes when Krystian Malachak gained possession of the ball from a Carthy pass just inside the Baldock half and ran almost to the edge of the Baldock penalty area before unleashing a fierce low shot into the net giving Stilwell no chance.
Eagles continued to look for another goal with a lively Taylor Rhiney firing just wide of a post and after 85 minutes Cox was unlucky not to score again when his goal bound shot was headed off the Baldock line. A follow up shot from Rhiney was also hacked off the line before the danger was cleared.
Baldock continued to press forward and were a shade unlucky with the run of the ball after 85 minutes forcing Dan Goad to make a dash out of goal to collect, and shortly after to save a goal bound header.
Final action of the game came in the 90th minute when Eagles Rhiney, who had been causing Baldock problems all evening with his speed, raced clear of a tiring Baldock defence and lifted the ball over the advancing Stilwell only for the ball to pass agonisingly past the post.