Eagles edge first team
Knebworth suffered semi-final disappointment at the hands of Letchworth. Corehard man of the match: George Taylor.
Naomi Sleator reports:
If Letchworth Garden City Eagles were expecting an easy victory against mid-table Knebworth in the semi-finals of the Aubrey Cup, they had another thing coming on Saturday.
With only a single goal separating the sides for most of the game, what emerged with a fiercely contested, hard fought battle, showing that Knebworth were just as hungry for the win as the home team.
But it was that goal, scored in the first few minutes which handed Letchworth a place in the final – a crossed ball headed home from close range by Charlie Thake. With Knebworth players already battling nerves, it was the worst possible start.
Letchworth knowingly took advantage of this and created many chances for themselves, passing in and around Knebworth’s defence.
However, it could have been different. Only the cruel bounce of the ball kept Knebworth from equalising on 30 minutes in, as they tried to hit Letchworth on the break. Several other chances went begging for a final touch, with Dale Chester and Jordan Folorunso taking advantage of the opposition’s mistakes.
However, the hosts had no plans to buckle under pressure and, despite a few scares, soaked it up.
As the energy sapping game, played in brilliant sunshine, took a toll on player stamina and speed, the Letchworth defence held firm to see them safely home.
At the end of the match, Knebworth manager, Frazer Triggs said; “It was a disappointing first half, we didn’t do ourselves justice because we didn’t show up, which was probably due to nerves.
“In the second half we tried to play more football but we just didn’t take our chances, which will always come to haunt us as it has done in the past.
“However, all in all the lads can be proud of their performance, so we will just take it into our next three games left of the season and see how high we can go.”
Corehard man of the match: George Taylor.