HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Eagles lost their way in steady rain against lowly Chipperfield, who barely mustered more than a handful of goal scoring chances but took those that mattered. Eagles were wasteful and seldom posed a threat on goal, despite playing some good football and in the middle of the field and having the lion share of possession of the ball.
Eagles nearly got off to a fine start after 5 minutes when the ball was worked to Iggy Thorne whose shot from the edge of the penalty area aiming for the top corner of the net went just wide with the keeper well beaten. Chipperfield responded and Eagles had a lucky escape on 15 minutes when a shot hit the foot of the post with keeper Paul Mc Gennity beaten.
Eagles counter attacked and a shot by Joe Tyler went just wide of goal, but just before the half hour Eagles defence failed to clear the ball and a low shot found the bottom corner of their net. They almost got another goal soon after when a huge clear space was left on the left side of Eagles defence but the shot was deflected for a corner by a last ditch challenge. Soon after the home keeper made a good save to palm a low shot by River Amis-Robinson round the post. Cameron Omar shot just wide of a post from 20 yards, and then blasted the ball high over the crossbar when having a clear sight of goal. Eagles piled on the pressure but could not hit the target, and when Cchipperfield counter attacked a direct free kick was headed just wide from 6 yards when it should have found the back of the Eagles net. Jamie Farrar headed just wide from 6 yards and Josh Cranwell had a shot deflected for a corner as Eagles struggled to find a goal before half time.
Eagles thought they had equalised just after half time when Omar’s shot beat the home keeper, but he was ruled offside. Chipperfield then got a second goal when the left side of the Eagles defence went completely missing and a cross from the right was easily headed home by an unmarked forward 6 yards out, who just could not miss the gaping goal.
Eagles improved after making substitutions and after 65 minutes finally got a goal back when Ray Antcliff scored his first goal for the club converting a cross from a few yards out. Iggy Thorne then charged through a static Chipperfield defence and was brought crashing down by a tackle from behind. Eagles claimed a penalty but the incident was ruled by the match officials to have occurred just outside the penalty area, and the resultant free kick failed to beat the defensive wall.
Amis-Robinson made another superb run through the Chipperfield defence, but under pressure from a covering defender his shot was pushed away by the keeper. Joe Tyler then had a shot from the edge of the penalty area go just past the post after talking a pass from Cranwell. Eagles pressed forward but left gaps at the back, and after Jamie Platt lost possession in midfield they were relieved to see a lob shot from distance pass over McGennity but wide of the goal. In the final minutes the home keeper saved well from another direct free kick, and Eagles just could not make the most of their chances to secure at least a draw.