HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREM DIVISION
Eagles smashed Ware in a devastating early spell before having to defend well in the second half and extend their unbeaten league record to 10 games. Ware have their excellent keeper to thank for saving them from a much heavier defeat.
The visitors went ahead with barely 5 minutes on the clock when Scott Piggott raced through an exposed defence and placed the ball skilfully past the advancing keeper. Within minutes River Amis- Robinson beat his marker for speed down the right side and as he entered the penalty area was crudely chopped down. Unfortunately Piggott telegraphed the penalty and the keeper was able to make a comfortable save low to his left to push the ball round a post. Piggott was involved in most of the first half action blazing over the cross bar from the edge of the Ware penalty area and then heading a Carl Williams corner just over the cross bar.
Ware had their chances but were wasteful. Eagles conceded a direct free kick for handball about 20 yards out and Paul McGennity had to make a great to parry the ball. It fell to an unmarked forward no more than 2 or 3 yards from goal, but he smashed his shot high over the cross bar when faced with an open goal.
Just before the half hour Eagles got a second goal when Amis- Robinson collected the ball inside the penalty area and surrounded by defenders somehow managed to scoop the ball up towards the far post where an unmarked Dami Fajobi headed across the keeper into the far corner of the net. Ray Antcliff was put clear on goal but opted to shoot from the edge of the penalty area rather than take the ball closer, and his shot easily cleared the home cross bar. Ware counter attacked and blazed another good opportunity high and wide from just inside the Eagles penalty area. A cross from the right was then headed just wide of the far post as Eagles clung on to their lead.
Eagles relied on fast counterattacks and Piggott raced clear towards goal but was denied by a great save by the keeper who was quick to leave his line. The home keeper was soon in action again in the second half when he pushed a Williams free kick wide of a post. A break by Amis-Robinson made a good run and his cross was well met by Piggott about 8 yards from goal, but the keeper made another excellent save. Not long after he had to race from goal to make a great blocking save when Amis- Robinson ran down the centre towards the Ware goal. The keeper then had to perform again to keep out shots first from Piggott, who deserved a hat trick by this time, and Sam Nicholls, saving the ball with a combination of feet and body.
Eagles then should have had a clear penalty when Piggott was fouled by the keeper as he raced to intercept the flying forward just inside the Ware penalty area. Piggott stayed on his feet and stumbled through the challenge with a final shot from 12 yards wide of goal. Eagles shouted loudly for the penalty, but referee Andy O’Brien was deaf to their appeals.
Eagles had to soak up sustained pressure from Ware in the last 15 minutes and were perhaps fortunate when a low cross from the left was just missed by two onrushing Ware forwards at the far post. Overall a good performance against determined opponents