Monday, 23 May 2011

EAGLES LIFT THE ANAGRAM RECORD'S TROPHY


The final of the Anagram Record's Trophy took place yesterday at the Hertfordshire FA County Ground in Letchworth. Aston Clinton of the Spartan South Midlands Division Two made the trip to play Letchworth Garden City Eagles of the Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division. The Eagles had made the much shorter journey from their home ground of Pixmore 'though the fence'.

The pitch at The County Ground yesterday


An indication of how windy it was
The competition also known as the Capital Counties Feeder Leagues Trophy has been running since season 1999/2000 and for Enfield Town fans it holds fond memories from our victory over Pitstone and Ivinghoe in the 2002 final.



The traditional pre-cup final huddles




The game was played on a very dry pitch in blustery conditions with the wind whipping across the ground in favour of Aston Clinton in the first half. Despite this the eagles were the better side and went in at the break 2-0 up thanks to two really well taken goals. Aston had a really good shout for a penalty as you can see on the replay (2mins 15secs onwards)






The Eagles must of thought they had the game sown up at 2-0 and shortly into the second half a defensive lapse allowed them to go 3-0 up (it caught me out as i wasn't able to capture it on camera) and think they had one hand on the silverware.

Clinton's manager Paul Faulkner then called his whole team over the sideline when a player was down injured and gave his side some words of wisdom which really seemed to galvanise his side who showed some real spirit and determination to get back into the game. With six minutes remaining the match was well in the balance at 3-2 only for the Eagles to pounce on a ball given away in their half to seal the game with a fourth goal.

WATCH THE MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW (INCLUDING EVERY GOAL EXCEPT EAGLE'S THIRD ONE)

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