Eagles first team completed their pre season preparation with a comfortable 5-2 win over a Stevenage Borough u18 academy side at Pixmore on Tuesday evening. The game was played in 3 x 30 minutes periods and for most of the time Eagles were the better side playing some excellent football.
In the first period Eagles soon almost went a goal down when Paul Morris was outpaced by a chase down the middle and keeper Dan Goad had to make a smart save to deflect the ball around a post. Eagles surged back and Shane Carthy scored after regaining possession following a defensive mistake by a covering Stevenage defender.The Stevenage keeper then had to push wide a low shot from Sam Gittings as Eagles piled on the pressure
Sadly Eagles conceded a soft equaliser when another long ball down the centre was headed back under pressure by Sam Williams to his keeper but it fell short and the onrushing Stevenage forward easily netted before keeper Goad could get to the ball.
Action was end to end and Carl Williams had a shot parried into the path of Gittings, whose shot was kicked off the line by a covering Stevenage defender.. Eventually he got the goal he deserved side footing the ball into the net from a pass from Jamie Farrar.
There was almost another Eagles goal when a Morris cross was headed down by Farrar into the goal but the Stevenage keeper made another good save deflecting the ball over the cross bar.
The best goal of the game came shortly before the end of the first period when Eagles’ Carthy blasted the ball into the top corner of the net from 18 yards .This was cancelled out by another defensive mistake when Goad failed to collect the ball cleanly and fumbled a cross shot into his own net.
The second period began with an early goal for Eagles making the score 4-2 when Jamie Farrar headed in a cross from the left. To atone for his earlier error Goad then made a magnificent save to deflect the ball away from goal when a Stevenage forward broke through a static Eagles defence and looked to have the goal at his mercy.
As Eagles increased the pressure a snap shot from Gittings was held by the keeper and a low header from John Coley went just wide of a post with the keeper well beaten.
The goal feast slowed during the last period as both sides tired but Hunter Diack scored from a pull back by Luke Shimell to make it 5-2 and he almost scored a second when clear on goal , blasting the ball towards the top corner, but the Stevenage keeper again made an excellent stop to turn the ball over the bar.
After the earlier win against Wormley Eagles finished pre season on a high note.