On 27 July Eagles were unlucky to lose 3-1 at London Colney FC, a Spartan South Midland Premier Division side.
Having earlier suffered a narrow 2-1 home defeat against Hitchin Town FC the Eagles were hoping for more luck and a better outcome, but a side weakened by absence of key players because of injury and holidays was just not able to overcome strong opponents.
In the first half eagles more than matched the opposition playing neat incisive football and looking sound at the back. Unfortunately the promising start evaporated after 12 minutes when a poor pass from Jan Genesis deep in his own half was intercepted and the ball quickly moved to a London Colney striker who made no mistake with his finish.
Eagles then upped their game with several long range shots just off target and hitting the frame of the goal on one occasion. They were finally rewarded about 10 minutes before half time when a defensive mix up between a Colney defender and his keeper gave Sean Soards the chance of a simple tap in from a few yards out. The lead was short lived because just before half time Colney broke clear on the right and the cross was well converted to make it 2-1 at the break.
In the second half Eagles came out fighting and hit the goalpost/ crossbar twice without the ball breaking for them. After 76 minutes came the defining point in the game. Ben L’Honore, who up to then had enjoyed a sound game in the back 4, passed the ball across the edge of his penalty area to a Colney attacker who gave the keeper no chance with a blasted drive from 15 yards.
Shortly after Eagles gained a free kick about 25 yards out and L’Honore struck the corner of the cross bar and goal post with the Colney keeper well beaten.
Both sides made it an entertaining game in hot conditions on a bone hard pitch, but in the end defensive errors proved the main fare of the day.