The Eagles took on Pewsey this week, a team who were close to them in league position and which therefore promised to be a competitive game. The match was played away, on a showery Sunday morning, with the Eagles fielding a strong squad of 12 players.
The Eagles kicked off and started well with first Gabriel and then James hitting strong shots over the bar after good attacks. Despite the fact that the pitch was bumpy and wet the team were showing some skilful touches on the ball. Oli H and Toby were combining well down the left hand side, with some nice dribbling and passing moves. Gabriel was looking very dangerous up front and Ben was hitting some great long balls in from the right in an attempt to reach the strikers.
The Eagles continued to press for the opener and were looking dangerous, but suddenly Pewsey went on the attack and had a crack at goal which forced a good save from Patrick. More chances came for the Eagles. Only some great defending stopped Toby right in front of goal and then Gabriel had a nice shot saved. The first goal eventually resulted from this pressure when Scott got the ball at the far post from a nice low cross. The defender then put the ball in his own net after trying to prevent Scott from scoring. 1-0 to the Eagles.
Pewsey were on the back foot but looked threatening on the break and shortly after they had hit the bar, Pewsey scored a great equaliser, with a lovely counter attack that nearly covered the length of the pitch.
This didn’t bother the Eagles though and another good move soon put them in front again – a nice bit of skill from Toby freed up Oli H who drilled in a nice low cross. Scott was in the right place again to tap in at the far post. 2-1 and the half time whistle blew shortly afterwards.
The start of the second half had the slope of the pitch in the Eagle’s favour but it was Pewsey who got off to the better start. A good corner saw the ball fall at the feet of one of the Pewsey players who struck the ball in for the equaliser. 2-2 and despite some great play from the Eagles the match was wide open again. However the longer the game went on, the more the Eagles started to gain the upper hand, showing greater speed and skill than their opponents and getting most of the 50:50 balls. The defence were winning the battles at the back, with Callum using his pace to great effect on a number of occasions. Kyle and Charlie H came on and immediately started to play their part in the match, chasing hard and linking well with the other players. Olly P was looking a constant threat whenever he was near the ball and frequently robbed the opposition of possession. James then used his pace to break through and force a good save from the keeper, then Gabriel made himself some space before thumping in a lovely goal from distance and the Eagles were in front once again 3-2. James then showed great determination, following up his wayward shot, getting the ball back off the defender and slotting in another goal. It was 4-2 now and Pewsey were starting to wane.
Ethan had been playing well all match and he hit a lovely long pass from the midfield to the left wing. A quick low cross from the left and James finished the move with a right footed shot into the left corner. The Eagles were 5-2 up and looking comfortable. Pewsey were still trying though and Callum and Toby had to put in some more great defending before the final whistle blew, leaving the Eagles as 5-2 victors. They had defended well in the second half and Oli H in goal was left untroubled for most of the period.
This was a great performance from the team. They played some attractive skilful football in far from ideal conditions, but it was their superior teamwork and determination that eventually led to their emphatic win and which showed how well they are working together as a squad.