EAGLES SLAM SIX PAST WORMLEY ON OPENING GAME OF THE SEASON
Eagles could not have got off to a better start to the season beating a weakened Wormley side 6-0 thanks to 4 goals from hot shot striker Sam Gittings who has been relishing his new role up front.
Eagles went head in less than 10 minutes when skipper Carl Williams hit the ball home from 10 yards after Wormley defenders failed to clear the ball. Soon after Shane Carthy almost scored from a cross by Gittings that just eluded him, and within minutes Gittings scored his first going clear on the left, steadied himself and then shot low into the corner of the net from about 10 yards out.
Wormley almost pegged a goal back after 20 minutes when a direct free kick was hammered just over the Eagles cross bar but it was mostly Eagles pressure, that on the half hour was rewarded when Carthy struck a powerful free kick from 20 yards which was parried by the keeper into the path of Gittings who passed the ball into the net from a couple of yards out.
The second half began with more pressure from a rampant Eagles and on 55 minutes it was 4-0 when Gittings got his hat trick with a low free kick into the bottom corner of the net past a poor defensive wall.
Wormley then enjoyed a purple patch and keeper Dan Goad had to make two magnificent saves to keep a clean sheet, the first from a close range shot after a direct free kick eluded defenders, and then a minute later he had to tip the ball over the bar from header from a corner kick.
Gittings made it 5-0 and Carthy finished the scoring after 70 minutes with probably the best goal of the match with a shot from 20 yards into the top of the net giving the keeper no chance.
Eagles then made substitutions and John Coley went close on a couple of occasions having shots deflected wide of the post first by the keeper and then by a covering defender.
As the game went into the final minute Wormley almost got a consolation goal when a long ball out of defence caught Eagles’ defenders upfield and a high lob from fully 30 yards went just wide of a post with keeper Goad back pedalling furiously.