After a decent first half Eagles suffered a bad home defeat to the Rangers in wet playing conditions. The visitors were a brutal physical side and many dangerous tackles went unpunished by the match referee. Sam Gittings was fortunate not to be seriously injured after a reckless tackle in the first half, and just before half time new winger Scott Gilzean was the subject of another nasty challenge and took no further part in the game.
Eagles almost made another disastrous start when Dan Goad had to block a shot from 12 yards when a quick break put Bush Hill clear of defenders ,but after 5 minutes it was Eagles who claimed the first goal, Carl Williams scoring his first goal from the club with a crisp drive from the edge of the penalty area.. Eagles almost scored again a few minutes late when a Mitch Cox short from 20 yards whistled just wide of the post, and on 15 minutes Scott Gilzean took a pass from Williams rounded the keeper and tried to pass the ball into the net from a narrow angle only for the ball to be cleared off the line by a covering defender.. Bush Hill relied on quick breaks out of defence and almost scored a few minutes before half time, but when clear on goal the forward hesitated in getting his shot away and it was finally blocked by covering defenders. Hunter Diack almost responded with a snap shot from the edge of the area which sent the keeper scampering across his goal before seeing the shot go wide, but at half time the score remained 1-0.
In the second half Eagles conceded a soft equaliser after 55 minutes. Sam Williams lost possession on the edge of his penalty area, the ball was crossed in to the middle and fired home from 6 yards.
After 65 minutes it was 2-1 to the visitors when a low shot from the edge of the area beat Goad and found the bottom corner of the net. Eagles stormed back and within a few minutes we level when a cross from the left was turned into his own net by the Bush Hill defender with Williams pressing for a touch. Sub Luke Shimell almost added another goal with a header from a cross from the left but it did not carry enough power to beat the keeper.
Play swung from end to end, with Shane Carthy making a great tackle to deny a certain goal scoring chance but after 78 minutes a hotly disputed penalty was scored by Rangers after Ben L’Honore was judged to have pushed an opponent.. He almost made amends a few minutes later when a rising shot from the edge of the area was well saved by the keeper flinging himself to his left to push the ball wide.. As Eagles pushed forward they left gaps at the back and in the last 10 minutes conceded 2 more goals to make the score 5-2, a result which did not reflect the balance of play and goal chances in the match.