HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREM DIVISION
Eagles have keeper Paul McGennity to thank for a fingertip save in the dying minutes for a hard won victory over a Bovingdon side brimming with confidence from their victory over league leaders London Lions the previous Saturday.
Play was quite equal between the two sides in the first 20 minutes with Jamie Farrar averting an early scare for the Eagles with a last ditch tackle to deny an opponent as he was about to shoot on goal. Shortly after the ball was bundled into the Eagles’ net after a high footed challenge on keeper McGennity. The match referee awarded a goal but after consulting his assistant awarded a free kick to the Eagles.
After 23 minutes Eagles went ahead with a wonder goal from Lee Pateman who picked up a loose ball and let fly from at least 25 yards, the ball rocketing into the top corner of the net, giving the home keeper no chance to save. Bovingdon counter attacked and from a corner the ball was headed well wide of a gaping goal. In a sweeping move across the field another scoring opportunity was wasted by the home side, with the final shot passing wide of the Eagles goal. Bovingdon created further chances before McGennity made a great save from a shot from 10 yards to palm the ball wide when a goal seemed certain.
After half time Eagles man of the match keeper was soon action again making a smart save to gather a low shot from outside the penalty area, and saving a similar shot not long afterwards. Eagles were restricted to defending their lead and respond with counter attacks, but seldom managed to get a shot on target. Mitch Cox shot over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area but all clear chances were going to the home side. Another good opportunity was wasted from a break down an unguarded Eagles left flank but the low shot from the edge of the penalty area was screwed wide of a post. Eagles should have made better use from a counterattack in the last quarter of the game with 3 attacking players facing 2 retreating defenders but Sam Gittings failed to make the final pass to an unmarked Gary Christie.
In the dying minutes Bovingdon almost got a deserved equaliser when a long ball down the centre caught the Eagles defence wrong footed, but the Eagles keeper made a magnificent save to deflect a low shot from 15 yards on to the foot of a post and to safety.