HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Despite scoring in the first minute of the game Eagles were unable to take further chances in an uninspiring game played in a blustery wind.
Sandridge quickly conceded when Sam Gittings headed in a cross from Charlie Thake at the far post in Eagles first attack of the game. Eagles tried to play passing football but Sandridge relied on the long ball upfield, and twice in the first 20 minutes threatened the Eagles goal, but the first shot was pulled wide of the far post and Eagles keeper Sam Swanton made an excellent save to block a shot from the edge of the eagles penalty area with his feet and body. He then made another save from close range to preserve the Eagles lead. Eagles barely threatened the away goal in the first half and were fortunate to go in a goal ahead.
The second half only came alight in the last 20 minutes as both sides sought to get the all important next goal. The visitors keeper made an excellent save to keep out a shot from 20 yards by Shane Carthy and then Thake was unable to force home the loose ball from close range. Eagles had to do some desperate defending at times in the last 10 minutes but they almost sneaked a second goal when Thake beat defenders on the right of the Sandridge penalty and chipped the ball across the goal area to an unmarked Carl Williams at the far post, who went for power and shot straight at the keeper from a few yards range. Sandridge then raced downfield but Swanton made an excellent save to deny the advancing forward an open goal from 10 yards. Eagles sub Gary Christie shot just over the cross bar with almost the last kick of the game but goals were clearly going to be as rare as hens teeth.
Eagles go to Belstone on Tuesday evening in another league fixture.