HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREM DIVISION
Letchworth made hard work of beating a Knebworth side that was reduced to 10 men for much of the second half, and but for some wayward shooting and the woodwork could have punished the home side by a bigger margin than the score suggests.
Eagles made an excellent start scoring after only 3 minutes when striker Charlie Thake picked up a pass from Carl Williams inside the home penalty area and hammered the ball into the back of the net.
Knebworth then enjoyed a good spell of pressure and after 15 minutes were unlucky not to score when a low hard cross flashed across the Eagles area with no player able to apply a finishing touch. Other chances also went begging for both sides. Eagles’ Iggy Thorne worked himself into a good position and blazed over the crossbar, and Eagles claimed a clear penalty when Paul Morris was brought crashing down in the penalty area. Referee Tom Braithwaite was not convinced.
Thorne made a superb break down the right side of the pitch and delivered an inch perfect low cross to Thake who shot high and wide. He was then put clear on goal but his shot skimmed the crossbar. Eagles came to regret the missed chances when ex Eagles player Kadeem Gutzmore chased a long ball down the centre, outpaced Eagles defenders and rounded keeper Paul McGennity to side foot the ball into an empty net just before half time.
Eagles started the second half as the first and after 50 minutes Morris scored a fine solo effort from 10 yards after bringing the ball inside defenders and directing a low shot past the keeper into the corner of the net. Soon after Knebworth failed to clear a corner kick and a goal bound shot was handled off the goal line. Thake scored emphatically with the penalty and Knebworth were reduced to 10 men.
Eagles piled on the pressure but failed to take further goal chances. Jamie Farrar hit a post from a cross by Morris, and Eagles shouts for a goal were waved away by the match referee. Thake then blazed over an open goal from a few yards out, and Morris and Liam Huckle combined in a fine flowing move with a high cross from Huckle sailing over the head of the home keeper, hitting the far post and bouncing clear.
In the last 10 minutes Thake headed just wide from 8 yards and the keeper had to make a good save to push a shot by Sam Nicholls round the post after a surging run from the half way line. A Thake shot from 20 yards was heading for the corner of the net before the keeper made another good save to deflect the ball away from the corner of the net. Eagles failed to add another goal as Knebworth tired, and keeper McGennity enjoyed a very quiet second half, not having to make a single difficult save.