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2003-04 Results - April

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Wednesday 28th April

Old Aloysians 0 (Matt Ramsden) Accies 3rds 1 (Ben Goodier).

A momentous week for the 3rds was completed last night when the 3rds added the One North Championship to the Accies Trophy Cabinet. The 1-0 win over Aloysions, completed a treble that started with the AFA win in March and included Saturday's 4-1 LOB Cup win over Old Wilsonians.

The game against Aloysions was typical of way games this year. On an enormous pitch that was truly awful, the battling qualities won through and a clean sheet was well earned. Super Harry must surely be the Golden Gloved one now with 14 clean sheets and only 18 conceded (that many?). Ben scored goal 104 latching on to a long clearance and the celebrations began. OK we should have scored more, but who cares with 3 trophies in the bag. 

Now onto the celebration on May 8th, hopefully with an unbeaten season behind us. Magic.

Tuesday 27th April

London Old Boys Senior Cup Final: Accies 1sts 1 (Gareth Jones) Albanian 2 (aet).

played at Wingate & Finchley F.C. on Tuesday 27th April 2004 (report courtesy of Del Saunders)

"Heavy rain and lightning just before kick off forced Referee Malcolm Edwards to delay the start for safetly reasons but luckily as the game progressed conditions improved although the rain had made the surface rather skiddy. All the goals were scored by the side playing with the advantage of the slight slope which made defending difficult in view of the conditions. A goal in the first period of extra time was enough to claim victory for Albanian in an extremely close and well contested game witnessed by over 200 spectators.

Albanian had the slope advantage in the first half and an early injury to Academicals' Rick Hirst caused some reshuffling. Albanian had most of the early possession and James Concannon on the right hand side caused some anxious moments in the UCL defence. Their keeper, Mark Dawson did well to smother a shot from Salvatore Cinotti in the first 15 minutes but it was not long before Albanian made the breakthrough. On 19 minutes, a free kick from the half way line by Colin Jones found the head of the unmarked Darren Couch who made no mistake with the first real chance of the game. Academicals immediately responded and four minutes later a lovely move and reverse pass by Jon Houghton to Gareth Jones gave the latter a half chance but good defending forced him to shoot just wide. Concannon continued to worry the back line and quick interpassing by Cinotti and Crouch forced Academicals on the back foot but they nearly equalised on the half hour mark when Martin Woodrow's long free kick gave Jones an opportunity but his headed effort just scraped the bar. Shortly after they had another opportunity when Gareth Jenkins broke quickly to find Jon Houghton who in turn found Jon Delaney, to cross first time but to no avail. Academicals were having their best spell of the first half but Albanian keeper Neil Mason was equal to the task punching away several dangerous crosses. Cinotti nearly added to Albanian's lead in the closing minutes of the half but it was left to Mason again to keep the lead intact, blocking well, following a through ball, with almost the last action of the first 45.

With the slight advantage now with them, Academicals pressed strongly in the opening minutes of the second period and Ned Carabine went close with a header just wide and Mason did well again to push two shots over his bar. Albanian's seemed to weather the storm and Cinotti broke clear, beating the offside trap, only to shoot tamely, which gave Dawson no problems.

Whilst Albanian were playing the better controlled football, Academicals were not out of the game and equalised after 74 minutes, against the run of play. Delaney made a good and decisive run down the right wing, cut inside from the bye-line and produced a hard low cross which was deflected into the net by a retreating defender. Both sides now searched for a winner in the last minutes. Dan Chantler went close following a storming run from mid-field and Mason did well to smother the ball at the feet of Houghton in added time. There was no further scoring and extra time beckoned with the score 1 - 1.

With the slope advantage again with Albanian, they searched for an early lead and Cinotti, turning well in the box, shot into the side netting. Brian McNamee also went close with a fine shot from the edge of the area which was well blocked. On 97 minutes Albanian eventually broke the deadlock. John Heslin latched onto a through ball and had time to place the ball wide of the keeper to give them a 2 - 1 lead. In the second period, Academicals threw caution to the wind and were nearly punished by a three on two break but Dawson did well to save from Cinotti with his legs, to keep his side in the game. With the Albanian spectators whistling for the referee to blow, Academicals with a last desperate effort hit the post and immediately up the other end Dawson's legs came to the rescue again in a frantic finish to an exciting game, played in good spirit by both sides. The whistle eventually came with Albanian winning 2 - 1, which was probably just about the right result.

The trophies were presented after the game by the Competitions' President Andy Booth.

Officials:- Referee: Malcolm Edwards. Assistant Referees: Brian Broadbridge and Simon Neller. Fourth Official: Tom Keane

Teams:- Albanian:- Neil Mason, David Digby, Colin Jones, Marco Toliani, Brian McNamee, James Concannon, John Heslin, Adrian McMorrow, Darren Crouch, David Murphy and Salvatore Cinotti. Subs: Steve Lenaghan, Paul Concannon and Will Aherne.

UCL Academicals:- Mark Dawson, Jon Delaney, Calvin Lloyd, Dan Chantler, Martin Woodrow, Simon Hayward, Neil Gillard, Ned Carabine, Jon Houghton, Gareth Jones and Rick Hirst. Subs: Gareth Jenkins, Brenton Amedee and Mark Esiri. "

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Thanks to Mark Esiri for his "action shots", though worryingly most seem to be of the changing rooms. Click on the images to expand the pictures (if you really want to).....

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Wingate and Finchley Frank the Axe in disguise Lemon leaving the scene It's all too confusing for Chantler
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Hirsty's knee just won't go - Jenks warms up

 

Saturday 24th April

Accies 1sts 3 (Neil Gillard, Jon Houghton, Rick Hirst) Hale End Athletic 2.

Old Meadonians 0 (Jorge Fernandez) Accies 2nds 0, Old Meadonians won 5-4 on penalties.

Accies 3rds 4 (Dave Wilkinson, Phil Stewart, Michael Short, Ben Goodier) Old Wilsonians 1.

Accies 7ths 5 (Pat Brien 2, Sameer Patel, Spencer Gore, Arjuna Ranganathan) Ravenscroft Old Boys 5.

There are few certainties in this world - life, death, taxes and it seems the 2nds managing to find heartbreaking ways to lose cup finals. 

LOB Intermediate Cup Final

The 2nds had achieved the main priorities of promotion and the Intermediate North title in some style and now sought an LOB Intermediate Cup winners medal to round off the season, and go some way to erase the disappointment of SOL and AFA Intermediate Cup final defeats in the previous two seasons.

Standards have continued to rise across the bulk of the Accies teams throughout this period, and with the unfortunate injury absence of a certain ball playing centre half, the remaining 14 of our 15 season regulars picked themselves in a strong well balanced squad. We'd fought through a really tough section in the Cup draw, overcome a minor March league wobble caused by unavailability and injury to hit good form in the previous 3 weeks, and were eagerly awaiting what promised to be our toughest test of the season.

Meads had clearly shown us some respect by scouting our league encounter the previous week, though if "cumbersome" is the only critical word that could be found for ‘Tree Trunks’ Roberts' play, the old boy who watched us should have a job high up in the diplomatic service. To be fair, sticking a brawnier version of Carlton Palmer up front can have its rewards and his general performances and steady supply of goals have merited a 100% starting selection rate this season. Now it's when he opens his mouth the problems begin….. 

Scouting wasn't a one way item however as a good mate of mine had played for the Arthurian League rep side 3 weeks previously against an AFC rep outfit containing 5 or 6 of the Meads' lads, a real testament to the strength of their club. However as their standards were dragged down by some of the Premier division players on show it was difficult to get a real idea about their game !!!

Anyway onto the day itself which didn't start well. Steve Hair used to say when he was pissed and chasing after skirt on a Friday night, "planning and preparation prevent poor performance". As this was true for many of his performances it didn’t bode well as the travel arrangements descended into chaos courtesy of South West trains. Stranded at Clapham Junction 45 minutes before kick off, mutinous mumblings and grumblings started with Walker taking the role of Fletcher Christian. It was terrible to see young lads in whom I've invested time and effort in their fledgling football careers listen to the whisperings of a forked tongue, and turn on me.  I personally blame the 'drive or train' decision on Bailey (who admittedly had a very solid match) and suggest he should now retire (we'll write him a good reference), though in the evening comments abound that the buck should possibly stop at the very top with McConnell ??  No doubt he'd only deflect such criticism by setting up and chairing a working party, possibly a  “Travel Committee'’, with sub committee's to debate the merits of public and private transport. Crotty will be as old as McGuigan is now by the time the issue would be resolved.  

It has been said by some that I have a tendency to use more words than strictly necessary so we'd better move on to the match, which was an even, hard but (generally) fair game and a terrific advertisement  (apologies to Meads' reporter for plagiarism) for the 2nd team football being played by some of the AFC's biggest clubs. As expected the large and appreciative crowd was probably 10-1 in Meads favour, and obviously included a few lads who knew a thing or two about winning amateur football matches. I'll still have to make the point (admittedly not from a position of great strength!) though that the particular Meads wag turning up 20 mins into the game who was confused as to why Meads weren't 4-0 up, clearly wasn't aware an Accies team had actually convincingly knocked out a Meads 3's side on their way to their own final that day!  Well done again to Scott and his lads on 'another' trophy.

The Accies started reasonably well but some over excited tackles gave Meads a few early opportunities to put the ball into our box from set pieces, the delivery was good but Jorge was looking solid and dealt with them efficiently. Elsewhere both defences were organised, well marshalled and very combative offering the two strong sets of strikers little freedom or opportunity to test the goalkeepers. The midfields were also evenly matched; Meads had tricky wide players with pace, and showed aggression and composure in the middle, our wide playing 'roasting twins' worked and competed just as hard as did the middle two, and Alvarez playing 'in the hole', although not at his very best continued to probe their defence with great technical ability. The best individual opportunity of the first half did fall to the Accies, when Bob's mishit shot found Vaughny in space on the right, his accurate cross found ace marksman Lloyd free ten yards out, but it lacked the pace to make it a straightforward header, which dropped agonisingly inches wide of the post.

Fewksey was relatively happy at half time, thinking we'd shaded the first half, and knowing that our fitness levels were good and we'd scored in every game this season, was hoping we'd get a measure of control and go on to win. Meads reshuffled formation slightly during the break and to their great credit came out fighting, taking the game to us and producing a really good spell of football in the first 15 minutes. The quicker of their two strikers found space inside the box on their left and flashed a curling shot inches wide, then escaped his marker on the right and fired at Jorge from a tight angle, when the possible better option was to slide a cross along the six yard box. This stirred us into a good spell of our own and midway through the half Lloyd created a great opportunity by turning his marker, skipping through a few challenges and teeing up his shot. Alas a bobble caused a miss hit, but the ball looped up to the unmarked Roberts five yards out, who stretching for the header into an empty net could only crash the ball against the underside of the crossbar!

Tiredness then began to kick in, although the standard of play was still strong, in particular Meads right-sided midfielder caused problems and showed good trickery on the ball. Extra time duly arrived,  with it a feeling of the inevitable 0-0 score-line and penalties, which given the way both sides have been firing in goals this season is a testament to the strength of both defences. Man of the Match had to go to one of the marking defenders on either side, deserved by Innis, who kept his striker the quietest of all four, but was also able to break forward, create a few attacking options with his long range passing and be dangerous from set pieces.

So to the shoot out, hopes were raised as Meads missed their first pen, but credit to their keeper who pulled off 2 good saves to ensure the LOB trophy only had to travel a few hundred yards to the Meads clubhouse that evening, rather than be abused in dodgy Central or South London night spots.

Thanks to London Welsh for their hospitality and all the match officials who contributed well. Congratulations to Meads who've had a tremendous season and are a good bunch of lads, though all of us can also look back with pride on the day and congratulate ourselves on our efforts this season, which will conclude against a strong Albanian 2's side this Saturday looking for their own promotion slot.

And finally (thanks to our webmaster for allowing this on the club site) some news that’s been eagerly awaited (apparently). Fewksey has to report the outcome of a certain four-ball golf match on Sunday, when two of London’s premier amateur footballers (Gillard and your correspondent - Fewkes) played the ill mannered, undisciplined and cheating pairing of Woodrow and Walker and eased to a comfortable 2&1 victory when Gill holed a nice putt on the 17th. The glory didn’t stop there…. but that’s another story!

LOB Junior Cup Final

One out of two ain't bad (though not good enough for a song title) and the thirds wrapped up their second cup win against Old Wilsonians. As for much of the season, the thirds faced a significantly larger Wilsonians team and with Blincoe arriving in time for the team talk. On a bobbly pitch in the blazing sunshine, the Accies produced a sublime display that encapsulated the season in one 45 mins. Wilsonians fielded a team exclusively over 6ft and played largely long balls into the Channels, whilst the Accies got the ball down and tried to walk it into the goal. As during the whole season we matched them physically with Nick marshalling the back 4, Andy cutting off any threats and Blincoe immense, or were his shorts really smaller than everybody else's?

Chances came and went at the other end with Chris Groves forcing a great save out of the Wilsonians keeper and Scott and Michael holding the ball up well. Chris was responsible for much of the Accies creativity, producing one of his finest games in a Palace shirt and terrorising the Wilsonians left back. Wilsonians carried little threat except to the clubhouse windows as they were forced to shoot from distance.

As the half wore on the heat and the pressure increased but with no tangible result. That was until Des went on a mazy dribble, beating 3 bemused defenders and squaring the ball to a bemused Wilkinson. If what he was doing so far up front was a surprise to all involved, it was as naught compared the result of his blast from outside the area. It kept all involved interested until having visited the full length of the goal line and both posts elected for the safety of the net. The crowd were silenced and nothing of interest happened until half time arrived.

The Accies then really turned on the style with Wilsonians unable to cope. Nick missed chance after chance from a combined range of 10 yards and other less clear cut chances went begging. Wilsonians offered no threat and it was not a surprise when the Accies went 2-0 up when Phil S scored his first goal since January from the Spot after great work from our revered skipper.

Mike then put the Accies 3-0 up with a shot on the turn with the keeper wrong footed. With Ed and Adam coming on to boss the game it could have been a rout. However Dave and Blincoe engaged in some slapstick defending to give Wilsonians hope with a cool finish from their sub.

At that point nerves set in and Matt enjoyed a bit of juggling. However the goal never came to make it interesting and our own super sub Ben made it 4-1, finishing where Nick could not, with a header from close in. Nothing else of note happened until the final whilst although full credit to Wilsonians for refusing to accept defeat until the final whistle.

League Games

In league action the 1sts beat Hale End 3-2 at Shenley in the baking heat. After starting well, good possession football was converted into a 2-0 lead, Gillard's persistence paid off after seeing his initial header saved to net the first and Houghton's unstoppable left peg drive. Slack marking at a corner gave Hale End an easy route back in to make it 2-1 and a route 1 ball early in the second half caught out the defence to make it 2-2. Chantler was then sent off for a second booking and the odds swung towards Hale End. Fortunately the Accies dug deep and when Jones was tripped in the box, MOM Hirst dispatched the penalty. A deserved and important win and good preparation for Tuesday's LOB Senior Final.

The 7ths encapsulated their season in one game, a roller-coaster where a 4-1 deficit was clawed back to a 5-5 draw with "the last minute equaliser scored by our superb leader and star striker" according to the text I received. In fact, it was scored by Spenny!

A final point worthy of note. Old Magdalenians in 5 West deserve huge kudos for their creative attitude to a fixture backlog and solving it. On Saturday they played Phoenix Old Boys, noon KO in a league game at Farnham Royal, losing 3-1. After the game, hope into a car, drive into West London for a 3.30pm KO against Holland Park, winning 5-0. Good effort, particularly in this heat!!!!!

Saturday 17th April

Latymer Old Boys 2 Accies 1sts 2 (Gareth Jones 2).

Accies 1sts 5 Latymer Old Boys 2.

Pegasus 1 Accies 2nds 5 (Lloyd Vanson 4, Ian Roberts).

Accies 3rds 8 (Iain Wagstaff 3, Luke Mines 2, Chris Groves, Michael Short, og) Southgate County 0 (Matt Ramsden).

Hale End Athletic 2 UCL Academicals 7 (Pat Laviolette 3, Terry Foster, Steve McConnell, James Thomas, og).

Accies 6ths 2 Old Woodhouseians 0 (Bobby Butlin).

Optimists 0 BB Eagles 1.

The firsts faced Latymer Old Boys in a double-header under the beady eye of a reporter from the Non-League Paper. The match report, under the title of "Meekin has chips with everything" follows, word for word along with bracketed club notes for the sake of completeness, using the usual "never let the truth ruin a good story" mantra.

In the shadow of Arsenal's impressive Bell Lane training ground (when we will ever work through the stock of polystyrene cups left by the Gooners when they ###### off), UCL Academicals picked up four points after the teams faced each other for 60 minutes in the AFC Premier double-header.

A goal in each half for UCL striker Gareth Jones (moaning Taffy) ensured an impressive performance from struggling Latymer would not be rewarded by a much needed victory. The goals of the game, though, were most definitely scored by the visitors' Tony Meekin (he's bunged the reporter a twenty notes). Meekin's first - a wind assisted (the wind didn't blow it off target) volley from 35 yards two minutes into the second half (Woody, guesting in goal with the Nugget sunning his beer gut in Tenerife, has bunged him a tenner as well, he got lobbed from 35 yards) - cancelled out Jones' deflected opener. Meekin benefited from the elements again (Woody's in nets) with a delicate chip from the edge of the area. Academicals grabbed a late equaliser when Jones turned the ball home.

In the second game UCL got off the mark after 11 minutes when a goal mouth scramble presented Neil Gillard (sealed Lemon) with a six-yard sitter. Five minutes after the break Latymer's left back was caught in possession to set up Houghton (tactical mastermind expecting to succeed Joe Royle) with an unmissable (you've not seen him play often) opportunity. Houghton went unchallenged again to score his second and UCL's fourth. Before Houghton's brace, Latymer were enraged when Rick Hirst scored from the spot after a push (slight nudge) on Gareth Jenkins (Greg Louganis) by Craig Stevens. Jenkins appeared to make the most of a slight tap on the back (the Welsh b#####d dived). Latymer were let back into the game when UCL switched off for five minutes (we went to sleep, but not for as long as usual). Two very well taken goals (the keeper had no chance) by Matthew Jenkins gave the Old Boys real hope of completing a phenomenal (run of the mill for the Accies at the moment) comeback. But UCL hit them on the counter-attack as Hirst walked through (mazey, weaving run reminiscent of Thierry Henry) an exhausted defence (lively midfield and back four, all beaten at least twice) to fire home. 

Having clinched the title the seconds faced Pegasus away, and were looking to hit top form prior to next week's London Old Boys Cup Final. A comfy win ensured, with Lloyd Vanson hitting another four to take the side to 100 goals for the season, as well as Lloydy reaching a remarkable forty! Fewksey still rang a match report in to me, despite not being there!

The thirds cruised to the brink of the league title with a comfy 8-0 win at Shenley. All sorts of improbable scorers showed how poor Southgate must have been, with even Waggy bagging a hat-trick. One more one will clinch it with three games left, or they could even win without playing next Saturday if Bealonians trip up. Title and cup in the same afternoon?

The fourths late season run continued, with Pat LaToilette finally breaking his fourth team duck. He's scored the biggest game of the season for the fifths in his lone performance, yet for the fourths hadn't managed to hit the net. Goals two and three followed shortly, for a well earned first hat-trick for the Accies. A win in their final game and the fourths will clinch promotion.

A comfy win also for the sixths, whose season has ended on an upnote and topped off with a 2-0 win over Old Woodhouseians.

Finally, a narrow defeat for the Optimists. Facing a slightly niggly, rather unfit but otherwise decent BB Eagles side who didn't look like they were ever going to score, a slightly niggly, rather unfit but otherwise decent Accies side didn't look like they were ever going to score. With five minutes to go, BB Eagles finally broke the deadlock, and much as the Accies huffed and puffed they couldn't draw even.

Tuesday 13th April

Old Meadonians 5 Accies 1sts 1 (Jon Houghton).

A perfect evening for football, but a flat Accies side, featuring a leaky Lemon, found themselves rolled over by the Meads machine. The first twenty minutes looked fairly even, with neither side looking particularly threatening, but with Meads high tempo, direct style of play a half chance is always just around the corner, and so it proved. A soft first goal and Accies heads sunk with the all-too-familiar collective "here we go again". From then on the game had a grim inevitability, and Meads led 3-0 at the half.

Frustratingly, in the second half the Accies started to play, but all too often it was only in the middle third of the field, and when chances did come they weren't taken. All too often play breaking down before reaching the danger area, contrasting with the opposition style of getting the ball in dangerous areas as quickly as possible and seeing what happens. Meads added a fourth and fifth in the second half, before Jon Houghton's flick header added some consolation. Accies may have scored the best goal of the game, but Meads scored the bulk and had the most chances, none of them clear-cut but rather carved out of nothing or courtesy of mistakes. Says it all really.....

Saturday 3rd April

Accies 1sts 6 (Neil Gillard 3, Jon Houghton, Simon Hayward, Rick Hirst) Old Hamptonians 2.

Accies 2nds 5 (Simon Vaughan, Ian Roberts, Nat Keast, Mark McGuigan, Lloyd Vanson) Old Aloysians 1.

Old Edmontonians 0 (Matt Ramsden) Accies 2nds 3 (Ben Goodier 2, Michael Short).

University of Hertford 1 Accies 4ths 2 (Dan Willoughby, Mark Hanlon).

Old Aloysians 0 (Danny McConnell) Accies 5ths 2 (Matt Glynn, Dickie Smith).

Accies 6ths 4 Egbertians 2.

Accies 7ths 5 (Dom Mignon 3, Sameer Patel, Ollie Court) Latymer Old Boys 3.

The crunch games come thick and fast, and the perfect time for the Accies to have all seven sides win on the same day for the first time.

Biggest game of all was the 2nds at home to Aloysians, and after a roller-coaster last three weeks a win would guarantee the Intermediate North title. The result was never in much doubt, with the Accies cruising to a 5-1 win, and after a few blow-ups in league and cup over the last few seasons, the 2nds win their first trophy for twelve years. Vaughany got the first with a header after about 15 minutes from a free kick taken by Bob Finch, with Ian "make sure my goals are counted" Roberts adding the second with a good finish into the roof of the net from 10 yards following good work from Nat Keast for a 2-0 half time lead.

Aloysians pulled one back 10 minutes into the 2nd half, and then Nat Keast got a very spawny 3rd goal with a low cross which bobbled past everyone including the keeper and sneaked in at the far post to restore the margin. McGuigan came on with 20 minutes left, and celebrated with a stunning scorcher from 20 yards into the top right hand corner (guess who wrote the report) and to cap it all, the last goal was the obligatory tap in by Lloydy with 5 mins left.

The merry go round continued for the 1sts. After a dissapointing 6-3 loss the previous week the accies tore into top of the league Hamptonians with a superb 6-2 win. It took the Accies a little while to settle, but when Woodrows long throw was touched inside from Houghton to Gillard, he made no mistake drilling the ball into the far corner. Accies then took control of the game with good finishes from Hayward, Houghton and a header from Gillard to make it 4-0 at half time.

The second half began more scrappily and Hamps took advantage pulling one goal back after the previously shackled strikers broke through. Jenkins corner was met by Gillard to complete the hat trick. Hamps pulled one more back , but the final nail in the coffin was Hirsts 40 yarded lob of the keeper which finally broke the Hamps spirits. A good performance but perhaps a little too late to seriously try for 2nd place in the Premier Division and a place in the Greenland Cup.

In the AFA Senior Cup Old Meadonians, as expected, ran out winners over Nottsborough. Over the last five years Accies and Meads have now won two cups each, with Meads ending Accies participation en route to both of their wins. What price the two clubs meeting in the final next year to settle the best-of-five!

The 3rds title challenge continued, with the best performance for some weeks. Edmontonians were clinically dispatched 3-0 away, and with Old Buckwellians beating Bealonians the Accies now need five points from the last four games to guarantee the title. Harry Ramsden keeps another clean sheet to maintain his lead in the golden gloves, Ben "the bookie" Goodier adding a brace and Michael Short marking is long awaited return to the 3rds by notching.

The 4ths continue to roll on, mixing a few new faces and a few returning from injuries (and more of them to come). 1-0 away to University of Hertford was turned into a 2-1 win, Dan Willoughby and Mark Hanlon netting. With Queen Mary College finishing their season with the ritual choke, the Accies now need to win their final two games to clinch a promotion spot.

What could have been a tight, must win game for the 5ths to clinch their title was turned into a party when Enfield tripped up the week before, so the Accies turned up to simply try and cap the season in suitable style. After a nervy start the Accies soon took control and Matt Glynn's mazey run and clinical finish opened the scoring with a contender for goal of the season. Into the second half and Paul Campbell's attempt to score (or indeed, reach the opposition penalty area) was thwarted as he was benched for Dickie, who quickly doubled the lead with a piledriver. Says it all really. As time ran out the clean sheet (another cheap, albeit requiring the first save in three games) was secured, over 12 hours of football since January without conceding testament to the whole defensive unit, and Graham Whitworth clinched the comedy moment of the season, two yards out, open goal, no-one close to him and blasted the ball against the post. Much credit to Aloysians for a tough, hard fought game, played in the best spirit, and followed by a good session at their clubhouse.

The 6ths and 7ths both produced results as well, the 6ths winning 4-2 over Egbertians to remove all relegation worries, the Accies leaving it late until Steve Hayes popped in with a brace in the final five minutes to seal the win, the 7ths winning against Latymer to continue their climb up the table, despite playing musical Accies courtesy of the 6ths and Latymer showing up short. Not only does Spenny expect league, LOB Cup and AFA Cup next season, but he's now hoping to enter the Champions League.