ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY 2ND ROUND
Clapton rode their good luck and encouraged by a large band of enthusiastic supporters they inflicted the first defeat of the season on the Eagles, who should have won comfortably on the balance of play and number of good goal scoring chances created.
For the first 15 minutes neither side made much impression on the other, although Clapton did come close with a shot from the edge of the penalty area which flashed just over the Eagles cross bar. They then went ahead with a fluke goal. A long throw in reached to Eagles goal area and was deflected into the net by the body of a defender.
Eagles huffed and puffed but did not create much until the last 10 minutes before half time. Joe Tyler headed wide from a corner when well placed near the penalty spot, and Scott Piggott made a fast run down the right flank, cut inside but fired his shot towards the near post and the keeper was able to parry the ball wide. Piggott then crossed the ball high to an unmarked James Endacott who headed towards an open goal, but too close to the keeper who was able to scoop the ball wide of the post. Clapton counter attacked and a direct free kick was headed dangerously close to the Eagles net.
After half time Eagles were by far the better team but again scorned chances to score and hit the woodwork twice. Piggott raced down the centre outpacing defenders but his low shot was too close to the advancing keeper who saved with his legs and body. Sam Nicholls hit the cross bar after a surging run down the right flank and fierce shot from the edge of the penalty area, and after 80 minutes Dami Fajobi sprinted past defenders but his shot from close range hit the outside of the near post.
Eagles piled on the pressure and sub River Amis- Robinson broke though the visitors’ defence but his low shot was straight at the keeper who saved easily. Joe Tyler then headed wide from a corner when unmarked. As Eagles pressed high they were left exposed at the back, and when Clapton made a quick break downfield with no defenders closing down the ball was chipped over a stranded Paul McGennity into the net. Eagles had a couple of half chances in the dying minutes of added time but in the end just could not break down a determine defence and strong performance by the Clapton keeper. Eagles keeper in contrast had hardly a save to make throughout the game, which told its own story.