HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Eagles comfortably beat a weak Lemsford site whose finishing was fortunately poor. Both sides squandered excellent scoring chances in the second half.
Eagles started positively and went ahead after 10 minutes when Lee Pateman poked the ball in the net from close range after good support play by River Amis- Robinson. Eagles continued to apply constant pressure and limited their hosts to breakaway attacks, particularly down the left side of the field. On the half hour Eagles keeper Paul McGennity had to make an excellent save to push aside a low shot and at the other end a Paul Morris shot from 20 yards was pushed wide of a post by the home keeper.
There was a burst of action just before half time, when firstly a direct free kick from half way found a Lemsford player unmarked in the Eagles penalty area, but the chance was missed. Amis- Robinson then got a goal for the Eagles with a near post header from close range after receiving a cross from Pateman. Liam Huckle then smashed the ball against a post from 15 yards with only the keeper to beat. Morris broke through a flimsy Lemsford defence but his low shot passed wide of a post after the ball took a deflection off a defender.
It was soon 3-0 to the Eagles in the second half when a great low cross from the right By Sam Nicholls was cleanly hammered into the net by Charlie Thake from close to the penalty spot. Thake then missed an easier chance shooting high and wide when faced with only the keeper to beat from 10 yards out. Lemsford seemed to lose heart as Eagles pressed forward, and Morris was unlucky to see his low shot fly past a post after dribbling through a static defence. Carl Williams faced an open goal with the Lemsford keeper out of position but his shot from 10 yards was straight at a defender covering a yard in front of his goal line.
Lemsford did enjoy a purple patch mid way through the second half. A cross from the left sailed over the head of McGennity but Huckle managed to head the ball clear at the far post before an opponent could reach it. The ball was then hacked clear of a scramble in the Eagles penalty area after a corner for a break downfield by Williams and Amis- Robinson, who was judged to be fractionally offside when facing a clear run on goal. Lemsford claimed a goal when Eagles failed to clear their defence and the ball bobbled on the goal line, but their frantic appeals were waved away by the referee after checking with his assistant. McGennity then had to make a smart save from a shot from an unmarked Lemsford player near the penalty spot.
Eagles responded with a goal from Amis-Robinson who headed the ball downward and over the line at the far post after a sliced clearance from a defender. A fierce shot from sub Cameron Omar was charged down and a shot from distance by sub Ray Antcliff flashed over the cross bar. Sub Ben Southby dragged a shot wide from 12 yards and then had a shot well saved by the home keeper. Williams dribbled thought a static defence but his shot was parried clear by the keeper, and a Southby shot hit the post. Lemsford still threatened in patches and McGennity had to make a great save with his feet near the edge of his penalty area when Eagles defence was caught too far upfield. He then clawed the ball away at the far post when under pressure.
In the dying minutes Antcliff completed the scoring for the Eagles with a strong shot from 10 yards that was deflected into the net off a defender.