2002-03 Results - September
Saturday 28th September
Accies 1sts 3 (Steve Hair, Neil Gillard, Rick Hirst) Hale End Athletic 2.
Accies 2nds 2 (Chris Dobson 2) Old Tollingtonians 0 (Ciaran Hickey).
Latymer Old Boys 1 Accies 3rds 5 (friendly).
Accies 4ths 2 (Simon Sparkes, Paul Bernard) Southgate County 1.
Old Woodhouseians 1 Accies 5ths 5 (Nick Sohnemann 2, Jez Dempster, Paolo Imbrauglio, Mario Ramirez).
Old Bealonians 3 Accies 6ths 2 (Nick Reed, Graham Whitworth).
So to the first full week of games, and five wins out of six. For the 1sts, a start against last season's SOL Champions, and a game which should have been more comfortable than it proved. The seconds continued the previous week's good form with a second shutout, and a good win over Tollingtonians' 1st XI. For the 3rds, a final preseason game, but a superb result against one of the few 3rd XI's in a division higher than us. A cast featuring promising new faces and some old faces dragged out for a last hurrah offered much hope for the season.
For the 4th XI, a home win in the league, and for the 5ths a resounding victory despite some no-shows. For the 6ths, a disappointed loss away in a game we'd controlled for an hour, and then fell apart for the final act.
Saturday 21st September
Nottinghamshire 0 (James Hogg) Accies 2nds 4 (AFA Cup, Chris Dobson 2, Mike Foster, Innis Pirrie).
Egbertians 2 Accies 4ths 2 (Simon Sparkes, Phil Sullivan).
Old Tollingtonians 2 Accies 5ths 3 (Steve Brown, Mark Hanlon, Nick Sohnemann).
Southgate County 3 Accies 6ths 4 (friendly).
The first set of competitive games. No fixture for the 1st XI (Vossy's wedding). The 2nd XI travelled to Nottingham for an AFA Cup game, and comfortably ran out 4-0 winners. For the 4ths and 5ths, league games - the 4ths snatching a draw from the jaws of victory, but the 5ths edging the odd goal in five to beat Tollingtonians. For the 6ths, a good win against a Southgate side rather more representative than that seen two weeks before.
Saturday 14th September
Old Owens 3 Accies 1sts 0 (Greenland Cup Final).
Accies 2nds 7 Mill Hill Village 0 (friendly).
Accies 3rds 0 Old Salvatorians 6 (friendly).
Old Bromleians 0 Accies 4ths 3 (friendly).
Phoenix Old Boys 5 Accies 6ths 2 (friendly).
It's a funny old game Brian. At half-time in the Greenland Trophy Final the 1sts walked off feeling they'd played their best football for eighteen months. And were losing 2-0. In the end we played well, but Owens were better. Good luck to them.
Elsewhere, a mixture of friendlies. Mill Hill turned up with a weak 2nd XI and got hammered by our 2nds. Salvatorians failed to field 3rd and 4th XI's to play our 3rds and 4ths, and instead turned up with their 2nds. Against an experimental 3rd XI it proved a meaningless mismatch. Perhaps the 2nds and 3rds should've swapped oppositions. Good runouts for the 4ths and 6ths.
Saturday 7th September
Polytechnic 1 Accies 1sts 4 (Greenland Trophy, Chris Dobson 4).
Accies 2nds 3 Lloyds TSB 0.
Centymca 4 Accies 4ths 3.
Accies 5ths 2 Ravenscroft Old Boys 3.
Accies 6ths 0 Southgate County 0.
Greenland Trophy stanza three, and a comfortable win puts us into the final. Chris Dobson buries a scorcher from at least two yards out. The other three were closer!
Preseason for the other sides, the 2nds getting a good result and the 4ths John Logie burying a last minute winner for Centymca! The experiment with him at centre half for the final ten minutes proving quite conclusive. Never again. For the 5ths a warmup against a rather shambolic Ravenscroft Old Boys. A team who trumpted themselves as "too good for this division" saw players disappear at half time to watch the telly, and just ran out 3-2 winners. Then disappeared accepting no hospitality. For the 6ths, a useful runout, but a loss against a rather strong Southgate side.
Saturday 31st August
Old Meadonians 1 Accies 1sts 3 (Greenland Trophy, Steve Hair, Gareth Jones 2).
Greenland part II, and a good Accies performance to defeat the Old Boys Football League champions. One more win and we're in the final - perhaps we ought to start taking this a bit seriously. Only a bit.
Saturday 24th August
HSBC 3 Accies 1sts 3 (Greenland Trophy, Gareth Jones, Chris Dobson, Innis Pirrie).
It's August, and the cricket season is reaching it's climax, so why not start a pre-season tournament. As usual, the Accies have reached the Greenland Trophy, and as usual we'll just use it as warmups. The defence are still cricketing, but a 3-3 draw away to HSBC is a promising start.