A mixed bank holiday weekend for the Eagles started with a 2-0 home win against local side Radford FC. Two players with their first goals for the Club, Eugene Francis on 66 minutes and David Boafo, pictured, celebrating, on 89 minutes secured the three points against tricky opposition.
On the Tuesday evening the Eagles made the short trip up to Gedling Miners Welfare, a local derby if there was ever one, the Miners ground probably nearer to Arnold than the Eagles own ground.
A bumper crowd were to be rewarded with an excellent display of football, a credit to the two East Midland Counties League sides who had both recorded good wins at the weekend, the Miners winning 5-1 at Stapenhill.
Arnold had to make several changes to the side that beat Radford on Saturday due to work etc, one being that player/manager Tom Richardson found himself between the sticks due to both keepers being unavailable.
It was the Miners who struck first after 16 minutes, Knight’s header finding the net. The Eagles were then level when skipper James Greenhalgh fired home on 24 minutes. The Miners were back in front two minutes later through Plummer and Lance Cunningham made it three on 33 minutes. Before the Eagles could take stock of the situation they found themselves 4-1 down on 35 minutes when Ben Hunt unfortunately turned the ball into his own net at the far post. The Eagles pulled one back on 43 minutes when Jourdan Blair’s 20 yard freekick found the back of the net and they were unlucky not to get a third a minute later when another shot skidded past the wrong side of the post.
The second half was a more even contest without further score until Jepson sealed the win in the 83rd minute to give the Miners their second big win in four days.
On Saturday, September 9 they are in FA Vase action against Westella & Willerby of the Humberside Premier League again at Eagle Valley. The Vase game will be played to a finish with extra time and penalties if required.