HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
EAGLES HIT THE JACKPOT AND CARL WILLIAMS GETS A HAT TRICK!
Eagles easily beat a poor Bovingdon side who appeared more concerned with taking issue with the match referee than their opponents. Eagles were 3 goals ahead after 10 minutes and the result was never in doubt after that point.
The first goal arrived after 5 minutes when the Bovingdon keeper got in a terrible tangle with a fellow defender outside the penalty area. Carl Williams gained possession of the ball and lobbed it accurately into the unguarded net from over 30 yards out.. Minutes later Jamie Platt banged home a low shot from a pass from Scott Gilzean, after earlier efforts had been charged down by defenders, and before Bovingdon could draw breath again they were 3-0 down, after that man Williams was given the freedom of the pitch down the centre of the field. He sprinted down the centre and lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper as he ran to the edge of his penalty area.
From that point play settled down into a steady battle between Bovingdon and the match referee, with neither making any concessions! After 20 minutes Bovingdon did manage to penetrate the eagles rear guard and Eagles keeper Dan Goad was forced to make a good save at the foot of his right hand post from a shot from 12 yards.
After 25 minutes the long legs of Dami Fajobi carried past trailing Bovingdon defenders on the right touchline and as he surged into the penalty he was brought crashing down. The penalty was banged home by Carl Williams sending the keeper the wrong way, for his hat trick.
Eagles then took their foot off the pedal and Bovingdon threatened for the last 10 minutes of the half. Goad made a point blank save from a few yards out, the ball bobbed dangerously around the eagles penalty area as they failed to clear the danger, and eventually a shot from 15 yards hit the post before the ball was finally banged upfield.
Bovingdon still seemed determined to assist the eagles score another goal when a few minutes before half time a defender headed the ball back past his keeper, only to see it roll just wide of the post with Scott Gilzean trying in vain to make contact and toe poke it into the net.. As the game progress tempers of the home side did not cool and more names found their way into the referee’s notebook.
After half time Eagles stepped up the pace again as they chased a fifth goal, but it was Bovingon who scored on 53 minutes following a complete mix up between Eagles defenders and keeper Goad, giving a free shot into an open goal. That woke the eagles from their slumber. Fajobi caused more problems, was fouled and Mitch Cox hit a direct free kick on target but straight at the keeper. Finally, Eagles scored a fifth goal following another defensive mix up at the Bovingdon end. Carl Williams wriggled free from defenders on the left and as he shot/crossed the ball a Bovingdon defender on the edge of the goal area thumped the ball against a fellow defender and into the open goal.
The best goal of the game, and eagles sixth, came from Scott Gilzean after 62 minutes, who used his speed to run on to the a flicked pass from Williams to slot the ball into the corner of the net from 12 yards past the advancing keeper.
After that goal much of the fight went out of Bovingdon. Williams almost got another goal but chipped the ball just over the bar from 12 yards, and then the home side missed a great opportunity to score after 80 minutes but eagles managed to see the game out, helped by the sending off of a Bovingdon player a few minutes time joined by a colleague who followed him voluntarily in pursuit of an early bath! Bovingdon easily beat the Eagles by 7-1 on cautions and 2-0 on sending offs, but failed the most important test of scoring more goals. Full time a satisfying 6-1 to the Eagles.