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Report by Mick McCarron

 
  Sunday 13th January 2008

Under 15s - Burton Junior Football League - Friel Homes Division One.

Edge Hill Blue 2 Rocester Elkes Eagles 2

Eagles travelled to Stapenhill on Sunday afternoon for a tricky league game against Edge Hill Blue.

On arrival the game was in doubt as both the Edge Hill Manager and Referee were concerned about the sticky pitch, neither really wanting to play the game. However both sets of players wanted the game on and it went ahead with each half being reduced to 35 minutes at the referees insistence.
 
Eagles started brightly knocking the ball about with confidence but without creating any chances.

Openings were few and far between at both ends, but eventually REE went ahead on 22 minutes when Jez Redlar found the net after a great through ball by Henry Coley Fisher.

Eagles couldn't hold on to the lead though, and Edge Hill equalised two minutes later when a shot went through Jessup's hands. The referee ignored a linesman's flag and awarded the goal without even speaking to him which was disappointing.

Eagles regained the lead on 33 minutes when Lee Mills finished from close range after a cross from Chris Jones.

HT 1 : 2
 
The second half was pretty much the same as the first with Eagles encamped in the Edge Hill half but failing to convert any of their numerous chances.

Edge Hill looked dangerous on the break without really troubling Jessup in the Eagles goal.

With ten minutes remaining Edge Hill got their equaliser when, after a scramble in the goal area, the ball was poked home under Jessup's diving body from very close range.

Eagles still had numerous chances to score the winner but as has been the case in recent weeks they failed to take advantage.
 
FT 2 : 2
 
Eagles are still creating chances however the confidence in front of goal seems to have deserted them at the moment, causing poor decision making. If they are to have any success this season more players have to start chipping in with goals. Defensively they are looking strong, however individual errors have to be cut out all over the pitch for success to be gained.
 
Next Sunday 20th January Eagles are at home to Moira Youth, kick off 10:30