Eagles failed to beat a physical Chipperfield side despite playing some attractive football and having spurned good chances to score on several occasions. Eagles fielded a side lacking in experience with most players under 20 years of age, and their older and more experienced opponents took full advantage.
Eagles made a good start to the game scoring after only 8 minutes when a deep cross from the corner flag by Luke Shimell was headed into the net from a few yards out by Krystian Malachak.
Chipperfield were themselves unlucky not to score after 15 minutes when a ball over the top of the eagles defence was latched on to by a Chipperfield forward who put the ball wide of a post from 15 yards .. The Eagles goal had a couple more scares before Mitch Cox almost found Jamie Platt clear with a 30 yard free kick only for the offside flag to be raised. Just before half time the Chipperfield keeper pushed a Shane Carthy daisy cutter shot from 20 yards just wide of the post, and Shimell just failed to connect with a high cross from the right.
After half time eagles lost concentration and on 50 minutes conceded an equalising goal, when the ball was scrambled over the line from a corner though a group of players standing in the goal area. A few minutes later a Jamie Platt shot rattled the underside of the bar and looked as if it had crossed the line before being hacked away. Unfortunately, the match officials did not agree.
On 60 minutes Eagles were caught on the counter and in another breakaway Chipperfield scored a second goal with a crisp shot just inside a post from 15 yards..Eagles responded well with a Cox shot flashing narrowly wide but Eagles were lucky not to go further behind when a shot from 30 yards crashed into a crowd of players to fall at the feet of an unmarked Chipperfield player who was flagged offside. Chipperfield made loud claims for handball, which were ignored by the referee.
Cox put another long range free kick just wide before Chipperfield scored a third when the ball was hammered into the roof of the net from 10 yards following good work by a team mate on the left of the penalty who dribbled past several static eagles defenders before crossing the ball into the path of the scorer.
After 74 minutes eagles pulled a goal back when a Cox free kick from the right was headed into the net from 6 yards by Ian West at the far post. This spurred eagles into a spell of almost constant pressure for the last quarter of the game. Another Cox free kick from 25 yards out flashed over the bar and the same player almost scored a few minutes later when he ran clear of the Chipperfield defence and just failed to chip the ball over the on rushing keeper on the edge of his penalty area.. Cox had a final chance in the last minute but his free kick from the edge of the penalty area was hit just too hard and went wide of the post instead of curling in.