Eagles made hard work of beating a struggling Standon and Puckeridge side who were without key players because of unavailability.
Eagles almost got a flying start in the first minute when leading scorer Sam Gittings raced on to a through ball, outpaced defenders and shot for the top corner of the net as he entered the penalty area. The visiting keeper pulled off a great save to turn the ball away for a corner, which Standon could not clear properly and again the keeper had to perform a great save to scoop the ball away from under the cross bar.
Eagles pressure was relentless and after 20 minutes they got the key goal when a low cross from the right from Shane Carthy was turned into the net from the penalty spot by John Coley, a covering defender also getting a touch on the ball. The Standon goal then had several narrow escapes and their first real scoring chance did not come until the half hour when a low shot was hit wide of the post from 15 yards.
Eagles had chances but could not score. Gittings shot over the bar when well placed and just before half time Coley chased a ball down the centre of the field but lobbed the ball just over the head of the advancing keeper and the cross bar. It took another 15 minutes after half time before he got another chance placing a header just wide of the post with the goal gaping..
After 70 minutes sub Mark Nunn hit the foot of the Standon post when he scuffed his shot from 10 yards and Carthy went close with a shot from 12 yards that went just wide of the post. He eventually got his reward for another hard working performance when on the stroke of full time he blasted the ball into the back of the net from just inside the penalty after good work by Paul Morris, pulling the ball back from the goal line having skilfully beaten two defenders.
Eagles keeper Dan Goad had an exceptionally quiet game, not having to save a single shot on target for the whole match, and Standon were fortunate not to suffer a much heavier defeat.