HERTS CHARITY SHIELD PRELIMINARY ROUND
Eagles hit Broxbourne for 6+2 with a devastating first half performance despite their opponents playing at a higher level in the Spartan League Division 1
For the first 10 minutes neither side offered much of an attacking threat although Eagles went the closest to opening the score, but after 10 minutes they went ahead when River Amis- Robinson dribbled through a hesitant defence, and although his first effort was beaten out he easily netted the rebound from close range. Eagles pressed forward and a shot from the edge of the penalty area by ace striker Scott Pigott just cleared the visitors’ crossbar. Evergreen tried to respond and no 11 made a strong run down the left flank, cut inside but his low shot was comfortably held by Eagles keeper Paul McGennity, who was a spectator for much of the game.
The second Eagles goal arrived after 23 minutes when Pigott scored from the edge of the penalty area with a rising shot which found the top corner of the net. After 33 minutes Amis- Robinson made another devastating run through the Broxbourne defence and his low shot was turned into the net by a defender. Probably an own goal but claimed by the Eagles striker.
Piggott was a constant nuisance and threat to the Broxbourne defence and he cleanly side footed the ball into the net after receiving a low cross from, who else? Amis Robinson. The pair the visitors defence to shreds on the night. Just before half time it was 5-0 when Pigott latched on to a fine ball through the centre to neatly clip the ball over a prone keeper into the net and completing his hat trick.
The Eagles pressure continued after half time and after 50 minutes Amis Robinson crossed the ball into the penalty area and Sam Nicholls headed in from close range. Ray Antcliff got the next goal, which may rank as the goal of the season. The visitors keeper dashed out of his penalty area to clear the ball, ventured too far upfield and lost possession of the ball to Antcliff, who calmly took a measured aim of the open goal and lobbed the ball into the net from over 40 yards out, close to the touchline. An exquisite piece of skill.
The final goal for the Eagles came after a great pass down the centre of the field to Nicholls, splitting the static defence and giving him the simple chance to score with a low shot from 12 yards. Eagles then hit the crossbar before the ball was hacked away and sub Luke Sharples had a great chance to score in the dying minutes when put clear on goal, but the visitors keeper made a good save to deflect the ball wide and save an even bigger embarrassing defeat.