HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
After a shaky first half Eagles recovered well and comfortably beat a Knebworth side that was fortunate not to concede more goals in the final 15 minutes of the game.
Knebworth started the brighter side and should have scored from either of 2 excellent chances around the 15 minute mark. First a break down the centre outpaced Eagles defenders, but the shot from 10 yards went well wide. Then Eagles keeper Paul McGennity made a magnificent save with his feet near the penalty spot to deny a low shot from the edge of the penalty area, with Eagles marking non existent..
Eagles gradually got more into the game and Charlie Thake shot just over the cross bar on the half hour. The Knebworth keeper then palmed a low direct free kick by Carl Williams round the foot of his post. Almost on half time Eagles scored when Thake swivelled past defenders on to a pass from Williams, and shot low into the net under the body of the diving keeper.
After an hour it was 2-0 when Ray Ancliff was clear of defenders on the right side of the visitors penalty area and delicately lifted the ball over the keeper into the far side of the net. Eagles nearly soon added another goal when a strong run by River Amis- Robinson through a static Knebworth defence was finally halted by a final defender. The ball came back to Williams who blasted the ball just over the crossbar.
Eagles did get another goal after 70 minutes as a result of an excellent passing movement between Amis- Robinson and Sam Nicholls, and then to Thake, who slammed the ball into the net. Eagles were unlucky not to get more goals as they piled on the pressure and the visitors tired. A sliced clearance by a defender flew past the post and the resulting corner was put just over the cross bar by Jamie Platt. Other promising opportunities were not taken because of a failed final pass or a near miss. Jake Tyler had a goal bound shot deflected for a corner and David Locke headed the corner just over the goal. Nicholls burst down the right flank and his cross was hit just wide by Iggy Thorne from 10 yards.