Eagles put six goals past Bushey

PUBLISHED: 10:26 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:26 11 January 2016

Jason Valentine

Jason Valentine

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Despite playing on a pitch saturated by heavy rain just before kick-off, Letchworth managed to return to winning ways with an emphatic win over mid-table Bushey Sports.

Eagles took the lead in this Herts Senior County League Premier Division game with a flowing move down the right involving Joe Humphries and Ian Thorpe, whose low cross was converted by Sam Gittings from 10 yards.

A few minutes later Bushey equalised with a messy goal after Eagles keeper Michael Johnson pushed wide a low shot but was unable to stop the ball being scrambled over the line from close range.

The ball was cleared by an Eagles defender but the goal was awarded following consultation between the referee and his assistant.

Eagles got their noses ahead with a goal from Paul McGennity, who made sure that a header from Humphries would cross the line, and a minute later Gittings got his second goal when he hit the ball into the net via the underside of the bar.

The home side were then lucky not to concede again when, instead of pushing the ball into the net from five yards, a Bushey player scuffed his shot against the base of the post.

Eagles opened brightly in the second half and a Den Crook free-kick was blocked by the wall but the ball rebounded to Shane Carthy whose half-volley from the edge of the area went just wide.

Eagles then missed several chances to go further ahead. First Carl Williams got himself into a shooting position but his shot carried no power, and then Humphries stooped low to head a cross at the keeper.

Bushey attacked on the counter and Johnson was forced to make a great save, low to his left to deflect a goal-bound shot.

On 75 minutes Thake almost scored with a lob over the onrushing keeper from at least 25 yards out which floated just wide of the goal.

Eagles did score soon after when Thake was unable to find a way through the Bushey defence but managed to lay the ball off to Carthy, who hit a low shot into the net of the foot of a post.

Thake then added to the score with a powerful low shot from outside the penalty area, before debutant Ricky Young made it six when he was left clear in space by a ball over the top of the Bushey defence and neatly beat the keeper.

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