Eagles recovered from a dismal first half performance to achieve a credible draw against a hard working and enthusiastic Knebworth side. Eagles could have won the game in the closing minutes but a draw was probably a fair result for both teams.
Knebworth almost got away to a dream start in the opening minutes when an intended cross from the left swerved towards the Eagles goal over keeper Dan Goad and hit the far post before rebounding into play. Eagles continued to look uncertain and disjointed in defence and after 15 minutes Liam Huckle headed the ball off the Eagles goal line with Goad well beaten.
Eagles barely threatened the Knebworth goal but after 30 minutes when ahead when a surging run by Iggy Thorpe into the home penalty area was brought an abrupt halt by a clumsy tackle from behind. Sam Gittings neatly dispatched the penalty giving the keeper no chance to make a save. The home keeper then had to make a good save to tip over a shot from 20 yards from Lee Pateman. Just before half time Knebworth equalised with an excellent direct free kick over the Eagles defensive wall after a foul tackle was committed by Thorpe.
After half time neither side threatened in the last third of the pitch. A shot from 10 yards by Jamie Platt after receiving a pass from Sam Day was pushed away by the home keeper, and after 70 minutes Jamie Farrar missed the chance of the game when a low cross from left avoided covering defenders and the surprised and unmarked Farrar blazed the ball high over the crossbar and an open goal from 8 yards.
Eagles created further half chances but it was Knebworth who scored the next goal on 75 minutes when a low shot from inside the penalty found the far corner of the eagles net. Eagles piled on the pressure but luck evaded them. Platt chased a ball down the centre and just failed to get a touch on the ball in a race with the home keeper, and Josh Cranwell wriggled through the home defence only to shoot over the crossbar.
Eagles finally equalised in fading light after 90 minutes when a direct free kick by Pateman found the top corner of the Eagles net, almost a replica of the first Knebworth goal. In the dying moments a low cross from Thorpe fizzed across the Knebworth goal with Cranwell unable to apply the finishing touch from close range.