HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE
Despite a strong second half performance and for the second successive game hitting the woodwork several times Eagles lost a spirited game against title chasers Hadley Woodand Wingate who now go second in the league above the Eagles.
Early play was even with neither goal being threatened but Eagles went behind after 15 minutes, conceding a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. The low shot found its way around the edge of the eagles defensive wall into the bottom corner of the net with keeper Dan Goad unable to get close to the ball to push it round the post. A slip by defender Paul McGennity almost let the home side in for a second goal soon after but luckily the shot was wide of an open goal.
Eagles fought back and a header from Den Crook hit the home crossbar and bounced over. Ricky Small then almost sneaked a goal from a few yards out but the shot from his outstretched leg carried no power and was collected by the keeper.
Then it was 2-0 when a speculative shot from at least 25 yards out hit a post and rebounded into the eagles net. Eagles still pressed and a cross by Iggy Thorne after a mazy run past defenders found Joe Humphries whose shot was straight at the keeper.
After half time Eagles were much the better side after an initial scare when Hadley missed an open goal, but had little to show for their efforts. Carl Williams playing in a forward role blazed over from a tight angle and then sub Charlie Thake hit a post from close range, and unlike the goal for the home side, the ball rebounded back into play and safety. They did however get a goal back after 65 minutes when a Williams free kick crept into the net at the far post. Eagles took off midfielder Humphries to add more forward power and pressed hard in the final stages of the game. Crook chased down a huge clearance from Goad but the keeper parried his shot. A tremendous shot by Shane Carthy from 25 yards looked as if it would find the top corner of the net, but once again the ball hit the crossbar and Eagles were denies a worthy share of the spoils.