Eagles are the new kids on the block

New kids on the block Letchworth Garden City Eagles are promoting a comeback for football in the town. The Eagles have long been a football club for junior players but this season are running two adult teams in the Herts Senior County League. Tony Eden, w

New kids on the block Letchworth Garden City Eagles are promoting a comeback for football in the town.

The Eagles have long been a football club for junior players but this season are running two adult teams in the Herts Senior County League.

Tony Eden, who is chairman of both the junior and senior sections, said: " I am delighted that at last we have established two adult teams representing senior football in the town, linked to the Eagles junior club.

"We are one of the largest junior clubs in the county but over the years have not been able to offer an outlet for the older players, who have left to join other clubs in the area.

"We have been fortunate to have financial sponsorship from Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, and to recruit such an experienced management team as Roy Boon, Jason Valentine and Carl Shadbolt.

"Results for the first team have so far been mixed, but they are both young sides which I am sure will mature as the players settle in."

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Stuart Kenny, director general of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, added: "The Foundation is delighted to be a major sponsor for the new Letchworth Garden City Eagles adult team and we wish them every success in its first season in Division One of the Herts Senior County League.

"Now that the senior Eagles team has 'landed', we hope it will go from strength to strength in the seasons to come. Having had no senior football team in the Garden City for years, we now have two."

Eagles assistant manager Jason Valentine added: "The club already has the foundations of a youth structure there. We're trying to build a young side and not resort to bringing in older players.

"It's been tough as we've struggled to establish both a first and reserve team. We've not had full sides out yet due to other commitments like holidays."

The Eagles were away against St Peters on Saturday and in a game that could have gone either way, the home side won 2-1. Adrian Follano scored for the Eagles.

The 'other' team, Baldock Town Letchworth, play in the Premier and are now based at the County Ground while the Eagles first team play nearby at Pixmore.

They were at home against Wormley Rovers and lost again (4-3) by the odd goal for the third time in three weeks.

Codicote continued their unbeaten run with an excellent performance against Sandridge Rovers. The 5-2 win leaves them four points clear at the top of the table.

Knebworth were not so lucky and continue to struggle. They were at home to Buntingford Town and went down 5-2 to be second from bottom with two points.

Bedwell Rangers looked to get their season back on track against Allenburys Sport.

They should have been 3-0 up in the first five minutes but Allenburys Sports scored against the run of play to knock the wind out of Bedwell's sails.

Despite losing 8-2, the best goal of the game did come from Bedwell's Lloyd Taylor who struck a ball from just inside the Allenburys half.

Kimpton Rovers, who were unbeaten going into the weekend's games and with the opportunity to go joint top with the league leaders in cup action, were beaten 3-0 by Bushey Rangers.

Hitchin Town Arena were in Aubrey Cup action against the Premier league's bottom side Bedmond S&S Club.

They put on an excellent display for their home fans and tore Bedmond apart to win the game 8-0.

Results

Saturday, September 6

Senior Premier Division: Baldock Town Letchworth 3 Wormley Rovers 4, Codicote 5 Sandridge Rovers 2, Knebworth 2 Buntingford Town 5.

Senior Division One: Bedwell Rangers 2 Allenburys Sports 8, Bushey Rangers 3 Kimpton Rovers 0, St Peters 2 Letchworth Garden City Eagles 1, Hitchin Town Arena 8 Bedmond S&S Club 0.

Fixtures

Saturday, September 13

Aubrey Cup: Codicote v Baldock Town Letchworth.

Senior Premier Division: Bedmond S&S Club v Knebworth.

Senior Division One: Bedwell Rangers v Cuffley, Hitchin Town Arena v Old Parmiterians, Kimpton Rovers v Hinton, Letchworth Garden City Eagles v AFC Hatfield Town.

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