HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
After failing to take some good chances in the first half Eagles just managed to grab all the points with a penalty in the last 10 minutes of the game after dominating possession for most of the second half. Stand in keeper Paul McGennity was largely a spectator as Eagles kept a clean sheet for the first time this season.
Eagles almost opened the scoring after 10 minutes when a cross cum shot from Sam Gittings from almost the left touchine was heading for the top corner of the net before the Wormley keeper made a fine save at full stretch to tip the ball round the post. On the half hour Josh Cranwell was put through clear on goal down the centre but the keeper made a fine save to tip away his delicate chip shot. Gittings shot wide from 20 yards and just before half time Kieran Klimek was clear on goal but his attempt to lob the keeper from the edge of the penalty area just cleared the crossbar. In a late flourish Jamie Platt mis hit a shot just wide of a post with Klimek unable to get a finishing touch.
Eagles brought on young Kadeem Gutzmore after an hour for his first team debut, and almost immediately made an impact with a mazy run down the right into the home penalty area and a low cross which hit the trailing foot of Klimek and flew high over the crossbar from a few yards out. Carl Williams then tested the Wormley keeper with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area after dispossessing a defender, the keeper making a good save to push the ball wide for a corner. Eagles had sustained possession without really threatening the Wormley goal but 10 minutes from time Williams drew a foul in the penalty area and captain Ryan Ellis, who has a superb game throughout, easily netted from the spot sending the keeper the wrong way with his spot kick.
As Wormley desperately pressed forward to try and salvage a point Eagles relied on the counter attack, and after a rapid break out from defence with 3 eagles attackers facing just 2 defenders Iggy Thorpe shot just wide with only the keeper to beat.