HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Despite having a good share of possession of the ball Eagles failed to make any impression on a resolute and uncompromising home defence, and eventually lost to the only goal of the game.
Action in the first 10 minutes summed up Eagles day. First a low cross from Ian Thorne flashed across the Sandridge goal area with no Eagles player able to apply the finishing touch, and then Thorpe himself jinked his way through the defence only to have his shot charged down
Sandridge almost went ahead after 20 minutes when clear on goal with only the keeper to beat, but the ball was knicked off the toe of the Sandridge forward by Liam Huckle just as he was about to pull the trigger. Play settled down into a pattern with neither side creating any decent chances to score before Eagles’ man of the match Ryan Ellis almost scored the cheekiest goal of the season with a high lob from his own half which sailed over the stranded keeper but just wide of a post.
Eagles pumped high balls into the home penalty area but had no one with the height to take advantage. Just before half time the ball flashed low across the Eagles penalty area and only a fine blocking tackle by Huckle saved a certain goal, deflecting the ball away for a corner. Eagles had the last strike before half time but Sam Gittings skied a good chance high over the cross bar.
After half time eagles almost scored when Den Crook was put through on goal and his shot from 6 yards was blocked by a good save by the home keeper at the foot of his post. Carl Williams then shot just over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area, but Sandridge were dangerous on the break and missed a good chance when Eagles defence was outpaced on the left and a shot from edge of penalty area went just wide of the far post. Sam Swanton then made a good save from a cross cum shot but on 70 minutes Sandridge got the goal they deserved with another flowing move down the left, a low cross and delightful side foot goal from the edge of the penalty area into the top corner of the net giving Swanton no chance of saving.
Eagles tried unsuccessfully to respond and had most of the play in the last 20 minutes. A pile driver from sub Jamie Platt was straight at the keeper who saved at the second attempt with Sam day unable to put away the loose ball. In the dying minutes Thorne blasted the ball over from 6 yards after receiving a cross from the right, but it was not to be Eagles’ day.