HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREM DIVISION
Eagles continued their strong start to the season with what turned out to be a comfortable win against Bovingdon, and Sam Gittings ( son of former Stevenage Boro striker Martin Gittings) kept up his record of scoring in every game this season .
Eagles got off to the perfect start and in the first 5 minutes Sam Gittings had sprinted on to a great pass from Shane Carthy down the centre to place the ball wide of the advancing keeper, only for the ball to be diverted wide of the post by the keepers outstretched leg. Gittings was not to be denied and a few minutes later he headed in a cross from left following an Eagles corner.
Eagles joy was not to last long and on the quarter hour Bovingdon equalised with a ball down the centre behind the centre backs which was tucked away from the edge of the penalty area giving keeper Dan goad no chance. Bovingdon almost scored a second goal a few minutes later when a cross was headed just wide of a gaping Eagles goal.
The game then developed into a mid field stalemate with few bright moments although Den Crook almost scored with an overhead kick from the penalty spot from a free kick by Carl Williams, fizzing the ball a foot over the crossbar.
The second half proved far more entertaining with end to end football as both sides tried to get the next goal. Just after half time Eagles John Coley scuffed a good chance wide of an open goal from 8 yards out following a good cross from Paul McGennity, but on 50 minutes Carthy got the all important goal stroking the ball into the net after receiving a long cross from Michael Deacon..
Dan Goad then had to make a great save from an unmarked Bovingdon forward as Eagles shouts for offside when unheeded by the match officials, and he then had to make another smart stop from a shot from close to the penalty spot by another unmarked opponent. Bovingdon were piling on the pressure and it looked as if Eagles would concede, but then in a breakaway Paul Morris picked up the ball on the edge of the home penalty, beat two defenders and scored a great goal with a lot shot into the corner , his first goal for the first team.. Within minutes sub Mitch Cox had added a fourth when his speculative lob shot from at least 35 yards out sailed over the head of the keeper stranded near the edge of his penalty area, into the roof of the net..
Eagles saw out the last quarter but Bovingdon continued to try and pull back the deficit. A break down the middle after 80 minutes offered a good scoring opportunity but the ball was placed wide of Goad’s post and then a cross from the left was headed wide of the Eagles goal. Eagles pushed back and despite tiring legs completed the game in style.