HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE
Eagles overcame the disappointment of their mid week cup defeat against Bishops Stortford Swifts by comfortably beating a poor Hinton side on a sloping pitch in difficult windy conditions. Eagles went 2 goals up in the first 15 minutes and never looked like losing the game.
The first goal came after only a couple of minutes when the home keeper could only push a header from a corner out to Den Crook who shot into the net from a few yards out. In another 10 minutes he scored again with a shot from inside the penalty area and soon after the Hinton keeper spilled a shot from Carl Williams towards Josh Coley who was unable to collect the loose ball. Crook almost got his hat trick before half time but his direct free kick sailed well over the crossbar. Hinton had failed to trouble the Eagles defence and keeper Dan Goad was almost a spectator.
In the second half Eagles started brightly. Coley wriggled through several tackles but his shot was deflected by a defender wide of goal. Hatfield relied on the long high ball in a swirling wind and Goad was forced to make a smart save to cut out a low cross across his goal. Charlie Thake was unlucky not to score when his header was just pushed over the cross bar by the Hinton keeper and Coley shot just wide of the post when put through on goal. Hinton threatened in bursts. A shot from 30 yards whistled past the Eagles goal and Goad had to be alert to punch another dangerous cross clear from the head of a Hinton forward and then make a great save from a shot from 15 yards. In another Hinton attack Goad made a fine save to just get a hand to the ball and push it away for a corner. Thake shot wide when well placed as play changed from end to end in the final 10 minutes.
Hinton finally got their reward in the last few minutes of the game when a low shot from inside the penalty area struck the foot of a post and the ball rolled slowly over the goal line. In a final effort Joe Humphries side footed a cross just wide of the post and Eagles managed to cling on to their slender lead.