2001-02 Week by Week Results
Season Team Records (competitive games only, won, drawn, lost)
The 2001-2002 season. The bare statistics show an Accies league record of P102, W63, D13, L26. 68% win rate. Percentage wise it rates the same as 2000-01 and as good as any since the early years of the Accies in 1987-88. Click here for the year by year details.
If you look at the whole season it has to be seen as a huge success - our lowest placed team in the league was the 4ths, who finished 4th, with two third places (2nds and 5ths), two second places (1sts and 3rds) and one title (6ths). We also reached three cup finals (1sts, 2nds and Vets) and one semi-final (6ths), as well as having long runs in the 1st, 4ths and 5th team AFA Cups.
Yet the season ended in disappointment. In early March we were in contention for four league titles, and four cups, and whilst we couldn't win everything, one out of eight wasn't what we hoped for.
I don't think the dreadful April should mar the season. The bottom line is that most weeks during the season we went out expecting to win, and did so. We put ourselves within touching range of all sorts of titles, and for various reasons didn't quite finish them of. Life can be like that - over the previous couple of years we weren't as consistent.
After three years of spectacular success (promotion, two AFA Cups and a league title) a down year. To be honest all season we were struggling to reach the peaks of the two years before, with general availability being poorer, more injuries having a factor. This caught up with us in a late end of season collapse, with a late goal against Hale End followed by a heart-breaking Cup Final defeat effectively causing a hangover that killed the final three weeks of the season.
Most in the SOL and AFA still see us as the team to beat, and there's no reason why next season we shouldn't be back up there, but people will need to get the balance between being amateur footballers and good, 1st XI amateur footballers correct. Dan Chantler was too often hamstrung by people not being available.
A good season, consolidating a place in the top division. In the end we
only finished third because we couldn't beat the best teams. Six games against Pegasus, Woods and Albanian (albeit two double-headers) yielded
one win and two draws, which is why we didn't top the league. The Cup
The squad probably needs to be a little larger, with more rotation of players (when a couple of key people were missing, we struggled, though generally availability was good) and a little more goal-scoring power - the defensive record was fine, but goals were hard to come by. A little more fluidity amongst the teams is necessary - it was rare for 2nd team players to be available for other sides when required.
A superb season in the end. A fairly major rebuilding job pre-Christmas took a team with 7 points from 7 games to a promotion spot, and will spend next season playing at a level occupied by the 2nds just two years ago. The 3rds also saw the introduction of a number of current UCL players, who we would hope will be with the Accies for many years. Whether they'll move upwards to 2nd or even 1st XI level remains to be seen, certainly at present the Accies seem to be one or two teams stronger than UCL. A regular keeper still needs to be sorted, and some legs in midfield would be welcome, but there is no reason to think the blend of youth and experience won't challenge at a higher level next season.
The least successful side of the season, only (!!) finishing fourth in the league and reaching the last 16 of the AFA Cup. This was hopefully the second and final year of the 4th XI's transitional phase, and their record ought to be much improved last year. A few of the old lags, by their own admission, need to move down next season (or to the Vets) and a more solid squad should avoid the occasional meltdowns that plagued the season.
Disciplinary record was poor, as was general attitude towards opposition (rather too much petty "we hate them" crap flying around during the weeks "pre-game"), some of which was down to frustration, but ought to be addressed.
As is becoming their wont, the 5th XI remain a nearly team. Snatching draws from the jaws of victory became a habit which always left them on the fringes of the title race, and their AFA Cup run ended in the quarter finals with a last minute goal. Probably the only Accies side who perform better away from Shenley than at home, and starting to look a little bit elderly, some youthful legs will be appreciated next season.
A season late, but who cares. The league title thrown away in 2000-01 was secured in 2001-02 in the most dramatic circumstances. A 2-1 win (winner with 5 minutes to go) over Southgate in March set up the title leaving the Accies needing to win their remaining two games to clinch the title. Two clean sheets and two wins and the title was secured. In between the loss of an SOL Cup semi-final to a team from a higher division.
All in all a superb season. Given the lack of a regular keeper for the
first half, and the transition in captaincy (the end result showing that having a skipper of the same age as the majority of the team, rather
than ten years older) a notable effort. Also a case study in team football. With a few exceptions, all of the team are of a similar
standard, so the absence of one or two people wasn't a major handicap.
Another good season, though not as many fixtures played as one might have hoped, and the lack of a regular keeper on Saturday's a major handicap. The SOL Veterans Cup was lost in extra time, betraying a lack of sharpness (the warmup game two weeks before was cancelled because of lack of players).
Next season the Vets Cup should be for 35 and overs (not 38) so one would hope the squad will increase in size. If we have better availability we'll also look at expanding the fixture list.
Congratulations to Paul Bernard, who has secured the Golden Boot for the 2001-02 season. A few more details still have to come in, but Paul's 30 goals cannot be caught, though reigning Champion Scott Atkinson (28) ran him close. The Golden Gloves went to James Hogg (8 clean sheets) run a close second by Bobby Butlin and Danny McConnell. Click here for the Golden Boot.
2001-02 Week by Week Reports
Saturday 4th May
Old Grammarians 3 Accies 1sts 2 (Jon Houghton 2).
Accies 2nds 1 (Matt Field) Albanian 1
Albanian 3 Accies 2nds 2 (Ian Roberts, Terry Foster).
Mill Hill Village 1 Accies 4ths 1 (John Logie).
Finally, the final day of the season. And still issues to be sorted.
For the firsts, a point to secure second place in the SOL, or Parkfield failing to beat HAC. Parkfield lost. So did the 1sts, 3-2 to Grammarians. Don't ask me for details, I didn't dare ask.
For the seconds, a double header against Albanian, and two wins required to overtake them and force Old Woods to win their remaining two games. In the first game the Accies dominated, and failed to take numerous chances, eventually drawing 1-1.
The second game was more even, Albanian boosted by having "got away with a point" and yet no-one would have expected the 3-2 scoreline in Albanian's favour. Yet again, points that got away in a double header, and a third place finish which we'd have grabbed at in September, but in March would have seen as a disappointment.
The fourths finished their season away to Mill Hill, Albanian having refused to fulfil their unplayed game during the week (points awarded to the Accies). A tough game, with Mill Hill needing a point to secure the league title, and both sides came away satisfied. Mill Hill got their point, and the Accies got a result.
Tuesday 30th April
Southgate County 5 Accies 1sts 1 (Danny Fewkes).
Midweek in April, and effectively a meaningless game (assuming Hale End don't mess up against Grammarians). Always tough to rush out of the office for such a game, and always a huge advantage for the team that has something to play for. Throw in Saturday's result, and the Southgate boys both needing a result and still being on cloud nine, and the top of the table team and strugglers were transposed. Southgate wanted it, and wanted to be there, we didn't. 5-1 Southgate. 'nuff said......
Sunday 28th April
Albanian Vets 2 Accies Vets 1 (aet, Jon Blow).
Consistency. A cliche in football, and not what the Accies needed. SOL Veterans Cup Final day, and Albanian at City of London, again. A game the Accies should have won, again. A game we lost 2-1 in extra time, again. Three SOL Cup defeats in nine days, all in extra time. Consistency.
The game started off well, after just ten minutes Jon Blow turning on the edge of the area and slotting home the opening goal. Slightly against the run of play, but Albanian never really looked like scoring.
Perhaps we scored too early, for the Accies never really hit full speed (and you can't afford to be at half veterans' speed) and as the second half progressed, Albanian became more and more threatening. Fifteen minutes in the goal came, Carl Kemp and Allan Price both sucked into the ball carrier, who squared to an unmarked forward six yards out. Helpless Turtle and the equaliser.
Then controversy - Jon Blow bore down on the Albanian area and shot, only for the keeper, outside his area to palm the ball away. Only a free kick, despite what seemed a clear scoring opportunity.
So to extra time, and against the wind first half. With just seconds left, an Albanian overlap brought the winner, ball into the inside right channel and tucked away. The second half of extra time saw an Accies siege on the Albanian goal, but no prospect of a goal.
So three SOL Cup Finals and three defeats, all of which we could easily have won. Effing consistency!
Saturday 27th April
Southgate County 2 Accies 1sts (aet, Rick Hirst).
Parkfield 2 Accies 3rds 4 (Scott Atkinson 2, Paul Bernard, Greg White).
SOL Senior Cup Final day, and Southgate County at City of London. Good weather, a breeze down the pitch but nothing to prevent a good game of football.
For 89 minutes all looked good. Against the breeze in the first half the Accies created the few half chances, and nearly took the lead as Neil Gillard hit the bar. Quality, fitness, speed all seemed to be in the Accies favour, and early in the second half they took a deserved lead, a ball being cleared from a corner for Rick Hirst to bury it from 25 yards. A goal worthy of winning a cup final.
Yet the second goal wouldn't come, and despite Neill Shrimpton's superb shackling of danger man Peter Eguae the Accies couldn't seal it. A post was hit, but in the final minute of injury time Southgate finally managed to secure an equaliser.
So to extra time, and despite their best endeavours, Southgate looked the hungrier, and the more likely to score. Ten minutes into the first period so it proved, and try as the Accies might the equaliser wouldn't come.
The only consolation was seeing Southgate lift the cup - there are few clubs we'd rather see win it if we weren't to do so, and it's significance to them was clear.
For the Accies 1sts, and perhaps the club in general (with exceptions) a poignant summary of the season. Despite a good season across the board that final, critical, knack of winning has deserted us. Football can be a cruel game......
So, with irony, the 3rds won their final league game of the season to clinch second place in Intermediate Three. A fantastic achievement. For a side who had just 7 points after 7 games, and in need of a major rebuild personnel wise, to finish with 35 points from their final 14 games showed how far they'd progressed. Whilst the rest of the club has much to rue in finishing second, for the 3rds a real achievement, and much needed progression to a standard of football being played by the 2nd XI just last season.
Finally, an intriguing postscript for the 2nd XI. A week ago the league title looked beyond hope - Old Woodhouseians trailing by three points with three games in hand. In the past week, Woods have played twice and drawn twice. The gap is now just one point, but Woods only have one game in hand. Maybe something strange could yet happen.......
Saturday 20th April
Accies 1sts 2 (Brenton Amedee, Andy Voss) Hale End 3
Accies 2nds 0 Albanian 1
Albanian 3 Accies 3rds 4 (Matt Wanford, Phil Stewart, Jamie Grey, Scott Atkinson).
Accies 4ths walkover against Albanian.
SOL Intermediate Cup Final day, and Accies 2nds vs Albanian at Old Bealonians. A perfect spring day, and a decent though hard surface, but not a game to match. In a scrappy match with few chances the game always seemed destined to head for a penalty shootout, or a 1-0 winner.
The Accies battled hard, and with fifteen minutes to go in normal time, Innis Pirrie stretched for one of those "1 yard out" chances that it seemed had to go in so long as he managed to make contact, but watched it loop over the bar. Couldn't miss it again if he tried a hundred times. And that really was the best chance. Into extra time and after five minutes Albanian scrambled a goal, which despite best endeavours always seemed likely to be the winner, and so it proved.
In such circumstances all that is left is to note the excellent attitude of the Accies, who played in the right spirit, and accepted the result in the same way. Yet disappointment is all that really lasts, and for a team whose penchant for finishing in the top two, but never top, more frustration. There's always next year, and rightly a good deal of satisfaction in performances over the last two years......
And so to Shenley, where the 1st XI played Hale End in a probable title decider. And more disappointment, Hale End winning 3-2 with a late penalty, and then the Accies unfortunate not to notch a last minute equaliser. Barring a slip-up (HAC next week is the favourite) Hale End should clinch the SOL Title......
Brain fade of the day to Albanian, who turned up at Shenley at 1130am for a 3pm KO. No opposition there (funny that), so they disappeared home, when Chelsea vs Man Utd on the telly and come back at 2pm seemed the obvious. Albanian subsequently refused to play the fixture and had the points awarded to Accies.
Finally, some good news. At the moonscape that is Barnet Copthall, the 3rd XI beat Albanian 4-3. A single point from the final game will clinch second in Intermediate 3.
Saturday 13th April
Accies 1sts 6 (Terry Foster 3, Jon Houghton 2, Steve Nash) Old Grammarians 1.
Old Grammarians 1 Accies 3rds 2 (Scott Atkinson, Gio Martelli).
Old Bealonians 3 Accies 4ths 2 (Simon Sparkes 2).
Parkfield 4 Accies 5ths 1 (Mark Hanlon).
Parkfield 0 Accies 6ths 2 (Matt Redman, Paul Bernard).
So to the first crunch weekend of the season, and silverware up for grabs. For the 6th XI, a simple recipe. Win the final league game and win the league title, fail and don't. For Southgate, already finished and one point and six goals better (how bitter that the Accies two 6-0 wins over Albanian were expunged when they withdrew), a nervous wait. Parkfield away, but switched to Shenley! And after last year's collapse (6ths picked up just five points from the last five games to finish second) lost time to make up for......
Despite injuries, depriving skipper Rob James and Nick Reed of their chance to play, a good turnout, boosted by a good luck message from Sven Goran Eriksson (honest, click here!) and a controlled first half. Matt Redman opened the scoring after 20 minutes, and on 35 minutes Paul Bernard added a second. The second half proved a nervy affair, with Spenny doing his best to keep the tension going (by failing to bury a third), but at the back Carl Kemp and Charlie Robinson kept Parkfield to a single half-chance.
Excellent cameos from skipper Rob (collapsing on the sideline in agony after kicking a ball back into play) and Chris Whyman (who hobbled on for the final minute) and finally the title winning end of match whistle, and a 2-0 win. Given their 1-1-2 start to the season, a finish with ten league wins (two expunged) on the trot was a superb effort.
So to the evening celebrations, with a good turnout in Islington. Highlights must be George's dancing, Mark's attempts to worry ever woman in the pub (if he were Welsh, no sheep would be safe) and Innis fighting off the attentions of a determined 49 year old bird!
And finally, some sympathy to Southgate. At 5pm they rang up Parkfield to see "how did the Accies get on", to be told they'd lost 4-1. Not realising that Parkfield were referring to the Accies 5ths, it took a long half hour before Southgate's boys could be corrected, and brought down with a thump.
So, one piece of silverware for the season, and the promise of more to come.
The 1st XI had a superb day - in the morning we trailed Hale End by a point and two goals, by the end it had been reversed. At Shenley, a 6-1 win over Old Grammarians was made all the sweeter by the news that Hale End (who refused to agree to an early kickoff next week to allow our teams to watch the 2nd XI Cup Final - classy or what!) only drew 2-2 with Parkfield.
For the 3rd XI, an excellent win away to Old Grammarians. A few new faces did the Accies proud, and all but clinched second place in Intermediate Three.
Not so good for the 4ths and 5ths. Both had slim title pretensions, but losses to Old Bealonians and Parkfield ended their title hopes. For the 5ths their final game of the season, and just two losses in sixteen games, but four draws proving costly.
Saturday 6th April
St Marys College 1 Accies 1sts 1 (Jon Houghton) aet, Accies won 5-4 on penalties.
Accies 2nds 2 (Innis Pirrie, Gio Martelli) Pegasus 5.
Pegasus 2 Accies 2nds 2 (Gio Martelli, og).
Accies 4ths 3 (Duncan Bonfield, Jon Logie, Alex Parfitt) Mayfield Athletic 1.
Mill Hill Village 0 Accies 5ths 2 (Paolo Imbrauglio, Steve Brown).
Accies 6ths 2 (Matt Glynn, Chris Coates) Old Bealonians 3.
And so to the climactic month of the season. Titles and cups to be won and lost. The 1sts had an SOL Cup semi-final away to St Mary's College, and were taken all the way to penalties, finally prevailing 5-4. For the 6ths, their cup run ended by Old Bealonians 5ths (and a few higher players). At a windy Shenley the Accies were always just off the running, and although clawing back to 3-2 with five minutes left couldn't force extra time. With Southgate 5ths winning their final league game of the season the recipe for next week is simple - if the 6ths beat Parkfield we win the league, if we don't, we don't.
Pegasus double header! Doom laden words for the 2nds, who for the second consecutive year saw their title hopes flounder. The damage was done early on, trailing 3-0 at half-time in the first game, and whilst a 5-2 final result represented an improvement, the second game saw a 2-2 draw. 1 point from two games effectively leaves Old Woods six points behind with five games in hand, and needing a major blow-up to not overtake us.
For the 4ths and 5ths, outside title chances remain. Neither controls their own destiny, but all we can do is keep winning and hope. For the 4ths, a 3-1 win at home to Mayfield Athletic, and for the 5ths a 2-0 win away to Mill Hill Village.
an irony. Old Meadonians, who knocked the 1sts out of the AFA Senior Cup on
penalties in January, won the AFA Senior Cup with their third penalty shoot-out
in four rounds. After Old Esthameians in the quarter finals, Old Actonians
became their third shoot-out victim. A consolation for the Accies to have
"lost" to the eventual winners, quite possibly, and a bittersweet
reminder of what could have been. At least Meads can be honest about it - the
following was taken from their website:
Saturday 23rd March
Pegasus 0 Accies 2nds 1 (Danny Fewkes).
Accies 3rds 6 (Adam Mammon 2, Scott Atkinson 2, Gio Martelli, Anders Lagerhammar) Old Grammarians 1.
Accies 4ths 1 (Jon Logie) Southgate County 0.
Southgate County 2 Accies 5ths 10 (Paolo Imbrauglio 5, Tom Mottram 4, Dino Antonides).
Accies 6ths 3 (Mark Emmerson, Spencer Gore, Matt Redman) Mayfield Athletic 0.
Spring is here! Three days of perfect weather and a dry Saturday ideal for football, with pitches having significantly dried out. Except in Twickenham. Here apparently it was underwater and on Friday evening St Mary's College rang to cancel the game, waterlogged pitch. At a ground never rained off? Did they pull a fast one? You might think that, I couldn't possibly comment.
At Shenley the 2nds advanced to the SOL Intermediate Cup Final, breaking the Pegasus hoodoo. After a slow start they grew into the game and with fifteen minutes to go Danny Fewkes scored with a dipping, swerving, left footed thirty yarder. OK, a corner went straight in. But who's quibbling. OK, everyone. Nevertheless a second final for the season, and two semis to come.
For the other sides, league action. The 3rds went made second place in Intermediate Three more certain with a 6-1 win over Old Grammarians. For the fourths a third consecutive Foxless/Haysomeless clean sheet with a 1-0 win over Southgate, whilst the fifths also beat Southgate, but by the rather more convincing 10-2 margin. Finally the sixths, and a 3-0 win over Mayfield Athletic means a two point lead over Southgate at the top of the league with one game each to play. Southgate have the goal difference advantage so it's a simple recipe, win the final game (Parkfield away) and win the league.
Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th March
Accies 1sts 1 (Rick Hirst) Parkfield 1.
Hale End 3 Accies 2nds 0.
Mill Hill Village 1 Accies 3rds 1 (Scott Atkinson).
Accies 4ths 5 (Julian Courtney-Stubbs 3, Simon Sparkes, Alex Parfitt) Birkbeck College 0.
Accies 5ths 1 (Jorge Gallardo) Albanian 0.
Albanian 1 Accies 5ths 2 (Tim Mottram, Paolo Imbrauglio).
Accies Vets 2 (Jon Blow, Simon Eaves) Old Woodhouseians 0.
A weekend of wake-up calls. For the 1sts and 2nds blips on the pursuit of league titles. For the 1sts a hard earned 1-1 draw at home to Parkfield, another contender, but points dropped whilst Hale End won. For the 2nds the good work against Old Woods last week by a 3-0 loss away to Hale End. A bad day at the office seems to be the consensus and one to put away and forget as quickly as possible.
For the 3rds a key game away to Mill Hill, and once a referee had been sorted a hard fought 1-1 draw that consolidates our hold on second spot, and Mill Hill's on top. But the introduction of some "new Accies" from the club "academy" (OK, UCL's players) was very welcome, and at least the new guys have started at the bottom. From here's it's only upwards.
For the 4ths a welcome 5-0 over Birkbeck, Jules CS scoring a hat-trick including one screamer. Best not to ask him about it, you may be some time! The 5ths had a perfect Saturday - double header against Albanian and two wins. And a clean sheet puts Bobby in the lead in the golden gloves.
So to Sunday, and the "Optimists" Vets Cup semi-final. Despite a slow start (and a slow Optimist is a very slow creature indeed) the Accies led 1-0 at half-time, at which point the game rather boiled over. The Woods dismissal couldn't be argued with, though a harsh caution for each side was necessary to settle the game down. Mark Bradley did his best to play peacemaker (the booking must surely have been the first of his career), and Jim Graven proved a calming influence on the sideline. Ahem. Meanwhile Carl Kemp kept diving every time someone kicked him in the air (on the way down you understand) until Simon Eaves cracked a second to seal the win against a tough Old Woods side. Oh, and Turtle McConnell kept his second clean sheet of the weekend with a string of (OK, one) outstanding (OK, routine) save. Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, we're going to Gro-o-ve Park, que sera sera.....
Saturday 9th March
HAC 3 Accies 1sts 2 (Martin Woodrow, Neil Gillard).
Accies 2nds 1 (Mike Foster) Old Woodhouseians 0.
Accies 3rds 2 (Gareth Jones 2) Mill Hill Village 1.
Albanian 0 Accies 4ths 1 (Dan Willoughby).
Hale End Athletic 1 Accies 5ths 4 (Steve Brown 2, Tim Mottram, Paolo Imbrauglio).
Southgate County 1 Accies 6ths 2 (Spencer Gore, Matt Glynn).
Overall a good day for the Accies, the only loss being the 1sts away to HAC which really opens up the SOL Premier division.
For the 2nds and 6ths crucial top-of-table games. For the 6ths a simple recipe - lose to Southgate and the title is gone, draw and Southgate just need to win their last game, a win and the Accies need two wins to clinch. 1-0 up at half time courtesy of a Spenny penalty Southgate equalised midway through the second half and were clearly happy with a draw. Step up Matt Glynn, who with five minutes to go send a wickedly swerving (OK, blown in the wind) unstoppable 25 yard free kick to seal the points.
For the 2nds a top-of-the-table 1-0 over Old Woodhouseians. Quite a bit of football still to be played, and Woods do still control their own destiny (four games in hand, trail by eleven points) but we couldn't ask for more.
For the 3rds and 5ths outside title chances were maintained. The 3rds beat leaders Mill Hill 2-1, but still trail by 2 points and Mill Hill have three games in hand. The 5ths kept pace on Bealonians. For the 4ths a curate's egg - twelve goals shipped in two games, but a 1-0 win away to Albanian. Can't be bad.
Saturday 2nd March
Accies 2nds 4 (Matt Field 2, Simon Vaughan, Mike Foster) Old Bealonians 1.
Old Grammarians 3 Accies 3rds 6 (Scott Atkinson 4, Paul Bernard 2).
Old Woodhouseians 5 Accies 4ths 0.
Accies 5ths 2 (Steve Brown, Paolo Imbrauglio) Old Bealonians 2.
A slightly short week, with no fixtures for the 1sts and 6ths. The 2nds continued their league march with a 4-1 win over Old Bealonians.
At Old Grammarians the focus was on the Golden Boot, with leader Paul Bernard guesting for the 3rds to partner the winner of the last two years, Scott Atkinson. Despite death threats (Paul) and Abuse of Position thoughts (Scott admitted to considering substituting his partner when he kept scoring!) the defending champ finally managed to narrow the lead scoring four times to Paul's two. The cushion is six.
For the 5ths, heartbreak in an almost "must win" game against leaders Old Bealonians, conceding a last minute equaliser. For the 4ths, a 5-0 loss away to Old Woodhouseians that all involved would admit could only be described as pathetic.
Saturday 23rd February
Accies 1sts 2 (Brenton Amedee 2) Mill Hill Village 1.
Accies 2nds 1 (Ian Roberts) St Mary's College 0.
Accies 3rds 5 (Scott Atkinson 3, Jim Roberts, Gio Martelli) University of Hertford 4.
Hale End Athletic 7 Accies 4ths 3 (Dominic Sumners 2, Russell Kerr).
Albanian 4 Accies 5ths 2 (Serge Sollo, Mark Hanlon).
Old Bealonians 3 Accies 6ths 4 (Paul Bernard 2, Matt Redman, Nick Reed).
Economicals Vets 2 Accies Vets 4 (Jim Graven 3, Paul Samuel).
A funny old day. All games got hit by a sleet/snowstorm early on, and for the 5ths it proved terminal - four goals conceded in twenty minutes of impossible conditions ending their SOL Cup hopes.
At Shenley it was a case of last minute winners. The 1sts, beaten by a Mill Hill last minute goal in October wreaked revenge in similar style, Brenton Amedee's brace clinching the points. Ian Roberts scored the winner for the 2nds to maintain their title challenge, whilst the 3rds had quite enough of gritty, solid wins last week. 4-1 up with ten minutes to go, they allowed University of Hertford to come back to 4-4 before netting a winner. Cruel.
For the 4ths no such excitement. 3-2 down to Hale End at half-time, but 7-3 losers eventually. The 6ths followed a similar pattern to the 3rds, but only allowed Old Bealonians to claw back two goals from a 4-1 lead, clinching a place in the SOL Cup semi-final. The Vets sealed a good day with a 4-2 win at Economicals.
Saturday 16th February
Accies 1sts 2 (Jon Houghton, Steve Nash) Albanian 1 (Neil Gillard og).
Accies 2nds 2 (Stu Bannister, Anders Lagerhammar) Brent 0.
Mayfield Athletic 0 Accies 3rds 2 (Phil Stewart, Adam Mammon).
Albanian 3 Accies 4ths 0.
Birkbeck College 0 Accies 5ths 4 (Paul Bernard 3, Mark Hanlon).
No game for the 6ths, bumped off at Shenley due to fixture backlogs, but otherwise a good day. The 1sts, 3rds and 5ths all won league games, the highlight being Adam Mammon's second goal for the 3rds from 40 yards. How Gareth Jones and Matt Field took 20 minutes to get out of the changing rooms after spending two hours in a car together remains to be explained.
In the SOL Cups the 2nds progressed to the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Brent, but the 4ths found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 result against Albanian.
Saturday 9th February
Accies 6ths 2 (Spencer Gore, own goal) Old Woodhouseians 1.
Too much rain, and too many fledgling PE teachers! Throughout Thursday and Friday away games fell victim to the weather, and on Saturday morning with only Shenley remaining, we finally found out St Mary's College couldn't raise a side to play the 2nds. They knew on Thursday evening, but apparently didn't see a need to tell us, so we'd not had the opportunity to switch a postponed game to Shenley.
So the only action was the 6ths in an SOL Cup game at Shenley. Old Woods fought all the way, and with ten minutes to go extra-time loomed at 1-1. Up stepped Spencer Gore, who manhandled a Woods defender in the area forcing him to net the winning own goal. Can Spenny claim a goal when he didn't touch the ball, but threw the key block. The jury said no.....
Saturday 2nd February
Parkfield 3 Accies 1sts 3 (Neil Gillard 2, Jon Houghton, after extra time, Accies win 4-3 on penalties).
Old Grammarians 2 Accies 2nds 5 (Danny Fewkes, Ian Roberts 2, Mike Foster, Bob Finch).
Economicals 1 Accies 3rds 0.
Old Finchleians 3 Accies 5ths 2 (Paolo Imbrauglio).
It's a funny old game. Poor weather during the week and dire forecasts (which failed to materialise) meant that Shenley (4ths and 6ths) was cancelled, whilst all away games went ahead.
For the 1sts SOL Cup tension, as a 3-3 draw after extra time meant another penalty shootout. This time better news, and a 4-3 win to reach the semi-finals, where the opponents won't be Hale End, who were turned over by St Marys College. The 2nds played away to Old Grammarians, and cruised comfortably to a 5-2 win. For the 3rds a tough game away to Economicals, and in a game of few chances Economicals took their only one, whilst the Accies squandered a few to lose 1-0. For the 5ths, the AFA Cup run finally came to an end. 2-2 away to Finchleians and extra time losing and the oppo produce a last minute winner to reach the semis. Heartbreaking....
Saturday 26th January
Accies 1sts 3 (Terry Foster 3) Ulysses 0.
Accies 3rds 4 (Scott Atkinson 3, Gio Martelli) Mayfield Athletic 2.
Accies Vets 4 (Jim Graven 2, Jon Blow 2) Ealing Association 3.
It rained and it rained. Rain on the Friday led to cancellation of all away fixtures, leaving just Shenley, courtesy of a morning downpour extremely soggy. For the 1sts a tough afternoon - skipper (with kit) Dan Chantler failing to arrive after an accident en route (no harm done), so a reliance on promoted second team players. Step forward Innis Pirrie, Mark McGuigan, Mike Foster and Terry Foster, the latter scoring all three goals in a comfortably impressive win. For the thirds, a good 4-2 win over Mayfield Athletic, Scott Atkinson also notching a hat-trick.
So to Sunday morning, and the defence begins of the SOL Veterans Cup. At a damp Shenley twelve men brave and true, Bobby Butlin making his Optimists debut. A tough game, 2-2 at halftime, but with ten minutes to go and (probably terminal for many) extra time looming Jon Blow produced a winner to grace any match. And astute tactical analysis followed:- "all they do is get the ball in defence, pass it to the midfield, who pass it to the forwards and try and score" moaned the opposition afterwards. Err......
Saturday 19th January
Accies 3rds 7 (Anders Lagerhammar 2, Terry Foster 2, Jon Houghton, Phil Stewart, Scott Atkinson) Albanian 4ths 2.
Accies 4ths 4 (Matt Wanford 2, Dan Willoughby, Julian Courtney-Stubbs) Old Bealonians 4ths 1.
Accies 6ths 6 (Paul Bernard 2, Matt Redman 2, Matt Glynn 2) Old Bealonians 7ths 1.
Accies Vets 3 (Jim Graven, Jon Blow, Al Price) Upminster Vets 5.
Only games at Shenley this weekend. No fixture for the 1sts and 2nds, and the 5ths game away to Birkbeck College falling victim to the weather. So to Shenley, and an Accies goalfest. With the wind blowing a gale along the pitches very much decided by the elements. The 3rds played with the wind, and led 6-1 at half time, the 4ths and 6ths played against the wind, both trailed 1-0 at halftime and scored four and six respectively in the second half. The Vets lost an excellent match to new opponents Upminster, who'll be an excellent addition to the fixture list.
Saturday 12th January
Old Meadonians 2 Accies 1sts 2 (John Delaney 2, Old Meadonians won 3-0 on penalties).
Accies 2nds 1 Parkfield 1 (Innis Pirrie).
Accies 3rds 0 University of Hertford 1.
Old Haileyburians 8 Accies 4ths 1 (Simon Valentine).
Accies 5ths 6 (Dino Antonides 2, Steve Brown 2, Justin Armstrong, Paolo Imbrauglio) Old Woodhouseians 2.
Albanian 0 Accies 6ths 6 (Paul Bernard 3, Nick Reed 2, Mark Emmerson).
The AFA Senior Cup run ends with heartbreak, though if you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Having won our first Senior Cup on a penalty shootout our removal from this year's competition came by the same method. 1-0 down at halftime the Accies twice equalised, and generally outplayed an Old Meadonians side. Extra time was dominated by the Accies, but no goals were forthcoming, and the penalty shootout an anticlimax.
For the 4ths their AFA Cup run ended far more emphatically, losing 8-1 away to Old Haileyburians. For other sides league games continued: the 2nds disappointing drew at home to Parkfield whilst the 3rds lost 1-0 against University of Hertford - a game that had 0-0 written all over it. The good news came lower down, the 5ths beating Old Woodhouseians 6-2 (though led 5-0 after 20 minutes) whilst the 6ths continued their title challenge beating Albanian 6-0, Paul Bernard notching a hat-trick.
Saturday 5th January
Accies 1sts 2 Albanian 0.
St Marys College 1 Accies 2nds 3 (Terry Foster, Ian Roberts 2).
Old Owens 3 Accies 5ths 5 (Steve Kench, Andy Webster, Mark Hanlon, Paolo Imbrauglio, Justin Armstrong).
Very un-Accies like. Back from Christmas, three games, three wins. Traditionally post-Christmas is a tough time for Accies, who are 50 weeks of self-sufficiency return to Mum for a fortnight's feeding! The frost meant the 1sts and 4ths were cancelled, both victims of Shenley being frozen, but the 1sts rearranged their game as a friendly against Albanian on astroturf, and ran out 2-0 winners.
For the 2nds a "top of the table" (though most games in Intermediate One can be classed this way) encounter with St Marys College, and a 3-1 win to stretch the lead at the top.
For the 5ths, the first of three Accies side with a last 16 AFA game. Away to Old Owens, the Accies dominated the first half hour only to concede a goal to Owens' only chance. Steve Kench's equaliser before half-time redressed the balance, and in the second half the Accies (now abandoned by skipper and keeper Butlin tarting off to a stag do in London at half time) powered to a 4-1 lead with ten minutes to go. True to form, this is far too dull for the fifths, so some kamikaze defending brought the score to 4-3 with two minutes left. A final goal ensued, but to the Accies to take them into the quarter finals.
Saturday 15th December
Accies 1sts 6 (Steve Hair 2, Brenton Amedee 2, Neil Gillard, Nigel Hewes) Old Woodhouseians 2.
Accies 2nds 2 (Ian Roberts, Mike Foster) Hale End 0.
Parkfield 3 Accies 3rds 4 (Jim Graven 2, Scott Atkinson 2).
Southgate County 2 Accies 4ths 1 (Jamie Hamilton).
Mill Hill Village vs Accies 5ths abandoned (after ten minutes, frozen pitch).
Accies 6ths 1 (Nick Reed) Parkfield 0.
Three sides top at Christmas, can't be bad. For the firsts a come from behind, conceding two early goals at home to Woods, but then powering back to win 6-2. For the 2nds a strong, steady performance to beat Hale End 2-0. For the 3rds a pantomime - 2-0 up against ten men after ten minutes and then grimly hanging on for a 4-3 win at the end. Parkfield's ten will doubtless be gutted, never mind!
For the 4ths the day's only loss, 2-1 away to Southgate County. The 5ths had almost deja vu. Another abandonment (following the 4ths) away to Mill Hill. This one in less serious circumstances - a frosty pitch which was questionable but the sides decided to start, but after ten minutes realised not a good idea. Pity. For the 6ths the sort of performance a good team needs to be successful. Countless chances but not looking like scoring until with five minutes left Nick Reed popped up with a winner.
Saturday 8th December
BB Eagles 1 Accies 1sts 4 (Jon Houghton, Brenton Amedee 2, Rick Hirst).
Southgate County 0 Accies 2nds 5 (Simon Vaughan, Innis Pirrie 2, Ian Roberts 2).
Accies 3rds 2 (Duncan Wynn, Phil Stewart) Economicals 2.
Accies 4ths 2 (Adrian Haysome, Julian Courtney-Stubbs) Hale End 1.
Old Woodhouseians 0 Accies 5ths 9 (Tim Leeson, Dino Antonides, Tim Mottram, Steve Brown 4, Paolo Imbrauglio).
Accies 6ths 6 (Chris Coates, Paul Bernard 2, Nick Reed, Lee Collier, Ethu Crorie) Albanian 0.
AFA Senior Cup day, and a resounding win for the 1sts, 4-1 away to BB Eagles (formerly Barclays Bank). The club now has three sides (also 4ths and 5ths) in the final sixteen of their AFA Competition.
All other sides in league action, and a superb set of results, albeit with a touch of the bizarre. For the seconds a resounding 5-0 win away to Southgate County, whilst the 3rds ground out an excellent draw against second placed Economicals. Duncan Wynn atoned for his Mr Angry impression by scoring from 40 yards (the Economicals keeper will still be having nightmares) and in a second half with Accies dropping like flies a result to be proud of.
The 4ths won a hard earned 2-1 victory over Hale End. Adrian Haysome opened the scoring (!!!) and clearly the referee felt this was all the good fortune the Accies were due and later didn't award the most obvious penalty - if you ever got taught how to fall on the ball at rugby their centre-half did it in the box! But a 2-1 win left a good taste.
For the 5ths and 6ths carnage. The 5ths won 9-0 away to Woodhouseians, while the 6ths somehow managed to turn around scoreless against Albanian. Skipper Rob James then had the inspiration to take himself off and watched the team notch up six in the second half. Even Ethu Crorie scored, approximately ten years ahead of expected schedule. Bizarre.......
Saturday 1st December/Wednesday 5th December
Albanian 2 Accies 1sts 1 (Brenton Amedee).
Old Lyonians 1 Accies 4ths 5 (Matt Wanford 3, Dom Sumners, Paul Bernard).
Accies 5ths 2 (Paolo Imbrauglio, Steve Brown) Old Wokingians 1.
Reuters 2 Accies Vets 1 (Yvon Nolle).
A quiet weekend. Postponements for the 2nds (Pegasus unable to raise a side), 3rds (Parkfield's bog unplayable) and 6ths (all tarted off Christmas shopping). For those that remained a second league defeat for the 1sts, 2-1 away to Albanian on a shocking pitch. Meanwhile the 4ths and 5ths both progressed to the last 16 of their AFA Cups, the 4ths winning 5-1 away to Lyonians, the highlight a Matt Wanford hat-trick in the first fifteen minutes, whilst the 5ths won 2-1 at home to Wokingians.
Saturday 24th November
Accies 1sts 2 (Nigel Hewes, Jon Houghton) Old Bealonians 1.
Parkfield 2 Accies 2nds 3 (Jon Davies, Innis Pirrie, Terry Foster).
Accies 3rds 1 (Scott Atkinson) Leyton County Old Boys 4.
Mill Hill Village vs Accies 4ths abandoned.
Accies 5ths 2 (Steve Brown, Paolo Imbrauglio) Hale End 2.
Old Bealonians 6ths 1 Accies 6ths 3 (Paul Bernard 2, Nick Reed).
Where have all the Accies gone? Suddenly availability crises hit the club, with players disappearing off on holiday or tarting off to Twickenham throughout the club. Those sturdy few left ground out a decent set of results nonetheless.
The 1sts found themselves stretched to the limit by Old Bealonians in the SOL Cup, the winner coming in the final minute of extra time after a Barthezian howler by the unfortunate Beals keeper. The 2nds marched on in the SOL Cup, a 3-2 win carrying them through to the quarter finals. Credit where it's due to Parkfield, who were awarded a penalty but admitted to the referee the ball had gone out of play beforehand, and therefore had the decision changed to a goal-kick.
For the 3rds the end of the AFA Cup run - a 4-1 loss at home to Leyton County Old boys courtesy of a combination of inability to finish, some rather self-destructive defending and a goalkeeping howler.
For the 4th team a bad afternoon. After twelve minutes Spencer Gore (keeper) was off with a shoulder injury and Dan Willoughby was laid out with a dislocated elbow. By the time the ambulance had arrived it was too late to complete the game, and after a valiant attempt the referee abandoned with the score at 1-0 to Mill Hill Village.
The 5ths managed to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory, leading Hale End 2-0 with 15 minutes to go they found themselves hanging on for a draw at the end. For the 6ths, robbed of their keeper hours before kickoff a 3-1 win nevertheless away to Old Bealonians.
Saturday 17th November
Accies 1sts 3 (Rick Hirst, Nigel Hewes, Jon Houghton) Old Lyonians 0
Old Bealonians 2nds 0 Accies 2nds 2 (Innis Pirrie, og)
Accies 3rds 3 (Phil Stewart 2, Scott Atkinson) Parkfield 4ths 0
Hampstead Heathens 2nds 3 Accies 4ths 3
Accies 5ths 1 (Serge Sollo) Parkfield 5ths 1
Mill Hill Village 6ths 1 Accies 6ths 7 (Matt Redman, Mark Emmerson, Spencer Gore, Matt Glynn, Chris Coates, Paul Bernard 2).
Accies Vets 1 (Jim Graven) Old Parmiterians Vets 4
A good day for the Accies. The 1sts began their defence of the AFA Senior Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win, whilst the 2nds continued their good league run with a 2-0 win at Bealonians. For the 3rds a good 3-0 league win at home to Parkfield, Phil Stewart netting twice.
The 4ths league game was cancelled late, so a friendly against Hampstead Heathens was played instead, a 3-3 draw a good result. For the 5ths a 1-1 home draw with Parkfield, whilst the 6ths travelled to Mill Hill and convincingly won 7-1. The only loss of the day, the Vets at home to Old Parmiterians, 4-1.
Saturday 10th November
Hale End 0 Accies 1sts 0.
Parkfield 2nds 1 Accies 2nds 2 (Innis Pirrie 2).
Accies 3rds 1 (Jamie Pearson) Mill Hill Village 3rds 5.
Accies 4ths 2 (Julian Courtney-Stubbs, Jon Logie) Old Woodhouseians 4ths 1.
Accies 5ths 3 (Dino Antoniades, Steve Brown, Paolo Imbrauglio) Royal Bank of Scotland 2nds 0.
BBC 5ths 2 Accies 6ths 8 (Spencer Gore 4).
Huge games for the top sides. In a "must not lose" clash of the two title favourites in the Premier division the 1sts ground out a 0-0 draw away to Hale End, whilst the 2nds continued their strong cup form with a 2-1 league win away to Parkfield.
For the 3rds another inconsistent performance. Welcome new blood but another no show, and a serious injury meant playing a large part of the game with 10 men, and a 5-1 defeat to a very strong Mill Hill side. The 4ths won 2-1 at home to Old Woodhouseians, whilst the 5ths AFA Cup run continued with a 3-0 win over Royal Bank of Scotland.
For the 6ths a friendly, and a 8-2 win away to BBC 5ths, Spencer Gore finally getting back on target and netting four.
Saturday 3rd November
Ulysses 1sts 1 Accies 1sts 3 (Jon Houghton 2, Neil Gillard).
Accies 2nds 2 (Innis Pirrie, Ian Roberts) Hale End Athletic 2nds 0.
Accies 3rds 5 (Steve Miller, Greg White 4) Old Southallians 1.
Old Bealonians 2 Accies 4ths 3 (Simon Valentine, Julian Courtney-Stubbs 2).
Accies 6ths 6 (Mark Emmerson, Paul Bernard 4, Nick Reed) Mill Hill Village 6ths 4.
Birkbeck College Vets 3 Accies Vets 9 (Paul Matthewson, Jim Graven 3, Yvon Nolle, Pat Leane 3, Andy Edwards).
Back on form. Only the 5ths failed to win, and they didn't play. The 1sts won 3-1 away at Ulysses, whilst the 2nds produced a superb performance to remove Hale End 2nds from the SOL Cup. The 3rds also won a cup-tie, 5-1 against Old Southallians in the AFA Junior Cup, despite a 0-0 halftime score. Completing the hat-trick, the 4ths won 3-2 at Old Bealonians in the AFA Minor Cup.
The 6ths survived a goal-fest, running out 6-4 winners against Mill Hill Village, Paul Bernard netting four, yet didn't produce the highest score of the weekend. On Sunday morning the Vets played away to Birkbeck, running out 9-3 winners with hat-tricks for Pat Leane (missed a penalty as well) and Jim Graven, and a McConnell own goal. A special mention should go to twin strikers Mark Bradley and John Blow, who in a nine goal spree failed to net a single goal between them!
Saturday 27th October
Accies 1sts 4 (Steve Murden, Brenton Amedee, Jon Houghton 2) HAC 1sts 2.
Accies 2nds 0 Old Grammarians 2nds 1.
Southgate County 3rds 4 Accies 3rds 2 (Adam Mammon, Scott Atkinson).
Accies 4ths 0 Mill Hill Village 4ths 5.
Old Bealonians 2 Accies 5ths 5 (Bobby Din, Dino Antonides, Paolo Imbrauglio, Steve Brown 2).
HSBC 6ths 2 Accies 6ths 2 (Mark Emmerson, Paul Bernard) - HSBC won 3-2 on penalties.
The firsts on familiar form, down 1-0 at halftime to HAC, followed by getting into gear and running out 4-2 winners. Elsewhere a bad day. The 2nds lost 1-0 to Old Grammarians, 3rds tumbled out of the SOL Cup 4-2 away to Southgate County, and the 4ths trounced 5-0 by Mill Hill Village. The 5ths provided the bright spot, trailing 2-0 at half-time to Old Bealonians, but running out 5-2 winners. For the 6ths heartbreak, 1-1 at the end of normal time in the AFA Cup, 2-2 after extra time, and a 3-2 penalty shootout loss.
Saturday 20th October
Old Woodhouseians 1sts 0 Accies 1sts 5 (Steve Hair, Neil Gillard, Brenton Amedee 3).
Accies 2nds 3 (Simon O'Sullivan, Stu Bannister, Scott Atkinson) Pegasus 2nds 5 .
Mayfield Athletic 2nds 4 Accies 4ths 0.
Accies 5ths 0 Mill Hill Village 5ths 0.
The firsts returned to form, finally playing close to their best, winning 5-0 away to Old Woodhouseians. For the 2nds a tough run of fixtures continued, with Pegasus away in the AFA Intermediate Cup, and a 5-3 loss.
The 3rds had a weekend off, opponents City of London having withdrawn from the league, whilst the 4ths had a disappointing 4-0 loss away to Mayfield. The 5ths drew 0-0 at home to Mill Hill Village while the 6ths had a weekend off. The Optimists, abandoned by their keeper last minute lost 3-1 at home to Economicals.
Saturday 13th October
Accies 1sts 2 (Steve Murden, Brenton Amedee) Albanian 1sts 1.
Old Woodhouseians 2nds 4 Accies 2nds 0.
Mayfield Athletic 1sts 3 Accies 3rds 3 (Adam Mammon 2, Paul Gibbins).
Accies 4ths 5 (Dan Willoughby, Russell Kerr, Jon Logie 3) Southgate County 4ths 2.
Accies 5ths 1 (Andy Watt) Old Meadonians 5ths 0.
Mayfield Athletic 4ths 3 Accies 6ths 2 (Paul Bernard 2).
Three home games, three away games at Firs Farm. At Shenley the 1sts returned to winning ways, coming from behind to overcome Albanian in the SOL Cup, 2-1. The 4ths and 5ths also played cup games at Shenley, the 4ths beating Southgate County 5-2 in the SOL Cup, the 5ths beating Old Meadonians 1-0 in the AFA Cup.
At Firs Farm not such a good day. In league games the 2nds lost 4-0 to Old Woodhouseians, the 3rds drew 3-3 with Mayfield Athletic whilst the 6ths lost 3-2 to Mayfield. In both cases "games we should never have lost...".
Saturday 6th October
Mill Hill Village 1sts 1 Accies 1sts 0.
Old Hamptonians 2nds 7 Accies 2nds 0.
Univ. Hertford 2nds 2 Accies 3rds 5 (Andy Harris, Dom Salenson, Jim Roberts, Scott Atkinson 2).
Birkbeck College 1sts 3 Accies 4ths 4 (Dan Willoughby, Derek Fowler, Saj Malik, Duncan Bonfield).
Accies 6ths 0 Southgate County 5ths 3.
A mixed day, with early kickoffs because of the England Greece World Cup qualifier. The 1st XI travelled to Mill Hill for a close fought game, losing 1-0 in the final minute. For the 2nds a friendly away to Old Hamptonians, and a rather shocking 7-0 defeat. The 3rd XI visited University of Hertford and notched their first win of the season, 5-2, whilst the 4th XI won 4-3 away to Birkbeck. The 6ths played at home to Southgate County, and were comfortably defeated 3-0.
Saturday 29th September
Parkfield 1sts 1 Accies 1sts 4 (Steve Murden, Rick Hirst, Neil Gillard, Gareth Jones).
Accies 2nds 4 (Stu Bannister, Matt Field 2, Ian Roberts) Southgate County 2nds 0.
Economicals 2nds 2 Accies 3rds 1 (Mark Griffiths).
Accies 4ths 3 (Dan Willoughby, Derek Fowler, Dom Sumners) Cardinal Pole 1sts 1.
Accies 5ths 8 (Steve Brown, Justin Armstrong 2, Bobby Din 2, Paolo Imbrauglio, Serge Sollo, og) Birkbeck College 2nds 0.
Old Bealonians 7ths 2 Accies 6ths 2 (Matt Redman 2).
Second full weekend of games. The 1st XI away to Parkfield, produced a convincing performance to win 4-1. The newly promoted 2nds opened their league programme with a home game against to Southgate County, runners-up in Intermediate One last season. A huge test, magnificently passed with flying colours with a 4-0 victory.
The 3rd XI played away to Economicals, and unfortunately lost 2-1. The 4th XI won 3-1 at home to an unpleasant Cardinal Pole side, who had two players sent off. The 5th XI comfortably bear Birkbeck 8-0, while the 6th XI played poorly away to Old Bealonians 7ths, but came away with a 2-2 draw.
Thursday 27th September
Catch 22 1 Accies Veterans 2.
A Veterans game against Catch 22. After surviving an ominous first fifteen minutes the Accies took a 2-0 lead into halftime, which could have been three. The second half saw Catch reduce the arrears to one with ten minutes to go, but the Optimists hung on for a 2-1 win.
Saturday 22nd September
Accies 1sts 3 (Brenton Amedee, Jon Houghton 2) Southgate County 1sts 0.
Kings Old Boys 2nds 0 Accies 2nds 6 (Matt Field, Ian Roberts, Anders Lagerhammar 4).
Albanian 4ths 6 Accies 3rds 2 (Scott Atkinson 2).
Alexandra Park 5ths 4 Accies 4ths 9 (Julian Courtney-Stubbs 4, Gareth Jones 4, Matt Wanford).
Accies 5ths 1 (Steve Brown) Southgate County 4ths 2.
Accies 6ths 4 (Matt Glynn, Paul Bernard 2, Matt Redman) Old Bealonians 6ths 1.
Finally proper football starts. The 1st XI kicked off with a home league game to newly promoted Southgate County, a 3-0 victory masking a sluggish performance. For the 2nd XI an AFA Cup game away to Strand Poly (aka Kings College) Old Boys, with a 6-0 victory showing the difference in class.
The 3rd XI lost in the league 6-2 to Albanian, a 5-0 halftime deficit being terminal. For the 4th XI a friendly, 9-4 victory over Alexandra Park (and Adrian Haysome's one and only ever appearance in goal, 7-1 up when he took the gloves). For the 5th XI a 2-1 league defeat to Southgate County, a disappointing result with chances missed. The 6th XI gained revenge for last season, defeating defending champions Old Bealonians 6ths 4-1 to open the league campaign.
Saturday 15th September
Full blown preseason, so no-one's available! In fact with quite a bit of roping in, and quite a few new recruits we managed to field six sides, but it does make a point we should remember when in May people are insisting we ought to be having a long preseason - people simply don't want to!
The 1sts beat Southgate 3-0, the 2nds lost to Ravenscroft Old Boys 3-2, the 3rds beat Ravenscroft Old Boys 6-1, the 4ths lost to Southgate County 4-2 and the 5ths beat the 6ths 5-3. Good fitness work.
Saturday 8th September Greenland Trophy chapter three, and an 11am kickoff ensuring many regulars can't play. Lost 3-2 to Old Brentwoods (scorers Andy Voss and Terry Foster). Meanwhile other sides began to start their season, the 2nds winning 2-0 away to Old Buckwellians and a combined 4th/5th/6th team beating Southgate County 4-2.
Saturday 1st September Greenland Trophy chapter two. Lost 3-2 to Old Etonians (scorers Rick Hirst and Jon Houghton), with a performance that ought to "concentrate minds". None too impressive.
Saturday 25th August Yep, still August, still the cricket season, but the Greenland Memorial Trophy is upon us, and in ridiculously hot weather the 1st XI found themselves dying a death in the glorious surrounds of Firs Farm. 0-0 vs Old Ignatians says it all.