HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREM DIVISION
Eagles made a good start to 2017 after the Christmas and New Year break with a comfortable win over a dogged Knebworth side that lacked a cutting edge in the final third until the last quarter when Eagles keeper Sam Swanston pulled off two excellent saves.
After an opening 15 minutes when neither side created any clear chances to score, Letchworth went ahead when Jamie Platt banged home a low cross from Iggy Thorne on the right wing. Sam Day, who gave an impressive performance throughout, was unlucky not to score when he chased a long ball down the centre but was denied by the feet of the advancing keeper. Day then provided a low cross for Thorne to shoot wide of a gaping goal but there were no other clear chances for either side before half time although the visitors did go close with a direct free a few yards from the Eagles penalty area.
Eagles made a great start to the second half when after only a couple of minutes a Jamie Farrar shot was parried by the keeper as far as Thorne, who squared to ball to Day for a well deserved tap in a yard from goal.
The third goal arrived on the hour when Carl Williams hit a superb direct free kick from 25 yards over the defensive wall and into the top of the net, giving the keeper no chance of saving. Platt had a goal bound shot charged down and Day was poised to score when judged offside, a decision disputed by the home supporters.
In the last 15 minutes the play was stretched as Eagles went for more goals and Knebworth tried to pull goals back. Eagles keeper Sam Swanton made two great saves to deny the visitors when defenders relaxed and left opponents unmarked in the penalty area, including one from point blank rage just inside the goal area. He then clawed away a direct free kick from 25 yards.
In the dying minutes Eagles’ sub Kadeem Gutzmore disposed a defender and broke clear of the opposition but placed his low shot too close to the keeper who made a comfortable save.