Despite a great opening start Eagles squandered a number of excellent scoring chances and were unlucky to lose a game where they were clearly the better side. Several refereeing decisions went against them and contributed to the result.
As early as the first 5 minutes Eagles looked dangerous and Dami Fajobi was unlucky not to convert a chase downfield after receiving a long ball out of defence, but the Belstone keeper was quick off his line to collect the ball near the edge of his penalty area. Belstone counter attacked and a lobbed shot from the edge of the penalty area over the head of the Eagles keeper fell wide of an open goal.
After 15 minutes Eagles snatched a goal with a low shot from Charlie Thake from 15 yards which the keeper got a hand to, but the shot was too powerful to deflect wide of goal. A minute later it was 2-0 when a fine flowing move was cleanly dispatched into the net by Jamie Farrar. Eagles then sat back and allowed Belstone back into the game on the half hour when a delicate lob over the head of Paul McGennity from a tight angle landed in the opposite corner of the Eagles net. It then took a magnificent blocking tackle by Sam Nicholls on the penalty spot to prevent a second goal for the visitors after a break down the centre left Eagles defence exposed and a forward unmarked.
Belstone started the second half strongly and almost scored when the ball was taken round McGennity in the goal area but the final pass failed to find a Belstone player. Nicholls made a spectacular run down the right side of the field from inside his own half but his low cross to Thake near the penalty area was blasted high over the crossbar with only the keeper to beat.
On the hour came the first of several contentious refereeing decisions which did not go in favour of the home side. Joe Tyler was adjusted to have handled the ball in the penalty area, and the penalty was cleanly dispatched to level the scores. The Belstone keeper then had to make a good save at the foot of a post from a shot by Farrar, and he did well to block a close range shot following a cross by Fajobi to Thake.
Farrar made a surging run from mid field but his shot hit the woodwork and rebounded into play. Farrar claimed he was pushed as he shaped to shoot but it cut no ice with the referee. Eagles piled on the pressure and Thake headed a cross into the net but was ruled offside. In the final minutes Belstone converted a low cross from the right from about 6 yards out, contrary to the balance of play. Another surging run by Farrar led to calls for a penalty as he was fouled twice, once in the penalty area and once outside, and then in extra minutes Fajobi broke through the Belstone defence, but after outpacing defenders he shot low and wide of the keeper and his near post, denying Eagles the chance of extra time and possible salvation.