HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREM DIVISION
After a poor first half when Eagles were lucky to go in only a goal down,and lacking 5 first team regulars that were unavailable for selection, their performance in the second half deserved a winning result, but they were beaten by a goal in the dying minutes.
The home side started in a far more positive mood and went ahead after only 12 minutes when a shot from inside the penalty area by an unmarked forward gave Eagles keeper Paul McGennity no chance of saving. They soon missed an open goal after a mix up between Eagles defender David Locke and McGennity. The ball was chipped over the head of the keeper to an unmarked player 8 yards out who amazingly headed well over the open goal. Chipperfield frequently caused the Eagles makeshift defence real problems but could not get their shots on target. A break down the centre produced a one on one encounter with Mc Gennity, but he did enough to induce a shot wide of the post. Eagles then had a huge let off when Sam Day fly kicked a clearance in his own penalty area. As the ball flew towards the Eagles net it was hacked off the goal line by Cameron Omar.
Chances for the Eagles were few and far between despite playing neat football, but just before half time Omar had a good opportunity but blasted his shot well wide.
Chipperfield almost got the second goal they deserved just before half time when a terrible back pass by Day was intercepted and it took a great blocking save from McGennity from close range to prevent a certain goal.
Second half Eagles stormed out fighting. Gary Christie headed wide a cross from Carl Williams and then Shane Carthy made a bursting run down the centre beating retreating defenders only to shoot just wide of a post from the edge of the home penalty area. Sam Gittings raced clear and pulled his shot wide from 20 yards and eventually Eagles got the goal they deserved 10 minutes from time when Day volleyed a cross from Kadeem Gutzmore into the top of the net. In the final minutes Williams should have won the game for the Eagles when he intercepted a back pass and ran clear of the home defence only to fail to finish, his shot from close range lacking sufficient power to beat the keeper who made a decent save. Then in the dying minutes with Eagles pressing for the winner Chipperfield won the game with a low shot from near the penalty spot when Eagles failed to clear their lines and left the scorer unmarked with time to pick his spot.
Next Saturday eagles play Knebworth in the semi final of the Aubrey Cup, but will have to improve on their performances over recent weeks if they are to secure a positive result.