HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE RESERVE SECTION
Eagles young side comfortably beat bottom club Chipperfield despite the home side including several first team players who had appeared in the earlier league game against Knebworth.
Eagles went ahead after 15 minutes when Kadeen Gutzmore dribbled through the home defence and scored from close range. It was soon 2 -0 to the Eagles when Gutzmore charged down a poor clearance by the home keeper and ran the ball into an empty net.
Chipperfield threatened in patches and on the half hour Eagles keeper Angus Vasey had to make an excellent save with his feet to block a low shot from the edge of the penalty area. Eagles though continued to threaten and twice went close with shots just wide of a post or over the crossbar when well placed. Just before half time Luke Shimell hammered in a cross from Jordan Hammond to put the Eagles comfortably in charge.
The home side improved a good deal second half and increased the pressure on an overworked Eagles defence. Vasey had to make a great save to push a shot from 8 yards away for a corner, but eventually pressure told and Chipperfield scored with an excellent well flighted direct free kick centrally placed just outside the visitors penalty area, over the defensive wall and giving Vasey no chance of saving. A second goal soon followed after a fumbled clearance in the Eagles goal area, with the ball seeming to take a deflection into the net off a defender. Vasey got his hand to the ball but was unable to push it wide of goal.
Play then switched to the other end as Eagles tried to take advantage of Chipperfield pressing forward by catching them on the break. The home keeper had to make an excellent save to tip a rising shot from outside the penalty are over the cross bar, and then Gutzmore wriggled past several defenders, and had his shots twice beaten away by the keeper. He then scorched down the centre of the pitch to score with ease, only to have the goal ruled out by the referee following the home club assistant referee flagging for a foul by the Eagles forward on a defender that was not seen by the referee, or indeed anyone else at the ground.
Eagles did get a deserved 4th goal with a fine flowing move when Luke Mole took a pass from Max Williams , turned a defender and shot low into the net from inside the penalty area.
Gutzmore almost got his deserved hat trick in the dying minutes when he broke clear of the Chipperfield defence on the left, only to shoot just wide of a post.