HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREM DIVISION
After a strong first half performance Eagles failed to press home their advantage and in the second half were pushed back by a resurgent Lions.
In the first 20 minutes neither goal was threatened until Eagles keeper Brad Gillham had to make a smart save to push a shot from 15 yards wide of his far post. Eagles then soon took the lead when Charlie Thake chased down a clearance by a Lions defender and then calmly slotted the ball wide of the advancing keeper. Eagles almost got a second after a surging run and cross from the left by David Locke, which was deflected high over the Lions crossbar by a Lions defender before an Eagles player could apply the finishing touch. From the resulting corner Eagles defender Paul McGennity rose highest to head the ball into the corner of the Lions net.
The speed of Josh Coley down the right flank was causing problems for Lions, and having outpaced a chasing defender he was unlucky when his hard low cross evaded the on rushing Jamie Farrar and covering defenders.
After half time Lions increased the pressure and on 55 minutes a direct free kick passed just wide of Gillham’s post. They then made loud claims for a penalty when the ball struck the arm of Ricky Small, but the claims were waved away by the match officials. Eagles defended steadily as Lions increased possession and pressure and Gillham was forced to make a reactive save with his feet to keep his goal intact. Eagles counter attacked and from a perfect cross by Anthony Geary Jamie Farrar made a flying header destined for the top corner of the Lions net and goal of the month, only for the young Lions keeper to make a magnificent save to turn the ball over his crossbar.
Eagles then brought on John Coley to add pace up front, and he was soon in the action. Having received the ball clear of defenders his shot from 12 yards was parried by the keeper. Sub Jamie Platt then blasted the ball wide from over 25 yards as Eagles pressed forward for another goal. This left gaps at the back and in the dying minutes Lions scored after a quick break down the centre and a well struck shot wide of the advancing Gillham. It was however too late to affect the result.
The two sides meet again at Pixmore the following Saturday in the quarter final of the Anagram Records Trophy, a competition Eagles won last season.