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2003-04 Results - September

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Saturday 27th September

Accies 1sts 2 (Gareth Jones, Ned Carabine) Old Aloysians 5.

Accies 2nds 1 (Mark McGuigan) Old Salvatorians 3.

Old Buckwellians 1 Accies 3rds 3 (Phil Stewart 2, Dave Wilkinson).

Queen Mary College Old Boys 2 Accies 4ths 0.

Accies 5ths 0 Egbertians 2.

Southgate County 3 Accies 6ths 1.

The Optimists 1 (Pete Clothier) Old Aloysians 3.

Down to earth with a bump!

After a good start to the campaign the first team were reminded that below par performances cost you dear in the premiership. After a bright start poor defending cost them an early goal.  A very soft penalty 10 minutes later meant a 2-0 deficit and by half an hour it was 3-0 down after the Aloyisians left winger ran 60 yards and delivered a good cross which was met with an equally good finish.  Some good work by Gillard and a cool finish from Jones ensured that the deficit at Half time was only 3-1.

Again the start of the second half looked brighter with a more attacking Accies formation starting to stretch the Aloysians back line.  A couple of very poor offside decisions stopped good moves in their tracks and as the half progressed the game became more of a physical challenge. The mentality that has often plagued the 1st team came to the fore once again as frustrating refereeing and an obstinate opposition led to more time feeling hard done by than trying to get back into the game. As the Accies pushed forward 2 more goals were conceded and Carabine got a consolation from a deep cross by Hirst.

Overall a weak performance technically and mentally. Aloyisians were not a bad side and thoroughly deserved their victory.  The Accies are a better side but need to accept that things don't always go your way.

No better news for the 2nds either, who lost 3-1 to Salvatorians at Shenley. Soft goals again the order of the day, and a failure to take chances when on top.

No such problems for the 3rds, who have simply carried on from last season, winning 3-1 away to Buckwellians to make it two league wins out of two.

Early days for the 4th XI, but a disappointing 2-0 loss away to Queen Mary College Old Boys, and allied with friendly losses for the 5ths and 6ths, one of the worst days for the Accies in recent years.

On Saturday the Accies first team went down 5-2 at home to Old Aloysians.  A rather surprising score line, virtually unknown in recent years (but only in recent years) and reminiscent somewhat of Leeds, Leeds, Leeds ... let's hope the Accies don't suffer the same fate ... time to check the bank accounts perhaps ... anyway, the opposition enjoyed themselves so much that half of them showed up at Shenley on Sunday too.

Maybe it's just as well the Optimists didn't learn this until after the game.  Those who cared to watch the opposition warming up might have noticed a few youthful faces but clearly didn't think anything of it.  A dank, humid Shenley Sunday and a first half of general Aloysians pressure, handled well by the Accies until just before half time when Aloysians went one up.  Undaunted, the Accies pressed forward and Pete Clothier equalised from about fifteen yards, showing composure he didn't pick up at Hillsborough.  As the second half went on Aloysians proved the stronger side however and despite stiff resistance the Accies conceded twice more, a dodgy penalty (aren't they all) and a powerful header from a corner.

 Skipper Kemp declared it one of the strongest Optimist performances for some time against good opposition, with sound contributions from a number of new faces.  Cause for optimism indeed.

 The Optimists 1 Old Aloysians 3, Going: Good to Firm, Attendance: 6. 

Saturday 20th September

Old Wilsonians 0 (Mark Dawson) Accies 1sts 2 (Neil Gillard, Mark Esiri).

Accies 2nds 4 (Tim Vaughan 2, Simon Vaughan, Alex Keast) Old Edmontonians 2.

Old Woodhouseians 2 Accies 3rds 4 (Phil Stewart 2, Scott Atkinson, Michael Short).

Davenant Wanderers 4 Accies 4ths 0 (friendly).

Accies 5ths 1 Old Camdenians 4 (friendly).

Accies 6ths 1 Parkfield 3 (friendly).

The first full week of games, and three league wins and three friendly losses.

The 1sts, under new management, started their season away to Old Wilsonians, and signs were that the ennui of 2002-03 had vanished. Although 0-0 at half time, the Accies were playing the better football and in the second half really turned on the power, with Gareth Jones opening the scoring, and Mark Esiri, back in first team action for the first time since the Second World War adding a second. Overall an excellent performance, though from what I gather Essex Dan did naff all of note, so why he keeps pestering me to write the report #### knows.

The 2nds faced Old Edmontonians at Shenley, and found themselves 1-0 down at half time. Cue an opportunity for Fewksey, normally a man of few words, to give an inspiring half time team talk and tactical adjustments. Four hours later the referee insisted the match restarted, and the Accies powered on to a 4-2 victory, newcomer Tim Vaughan bagging a pair and his brother adding a third. The first half of this sentence is rather more likely to be repeated than the second.

League action also for the 3rd XI, away to Old Woodhouseians. In true thirds fashion they ensured the job never looked easy, and against a team who might well struggle all season. Phil Stewart continued last year's scoring spree from midfield with a pair, whilst Scott "I'm the skipper and I'll be up front" Atkinson launched his latest assault on the Golden Boot.

Friendlies for the other sides. Rather farcical for the 4ths, whose opposition hadn't sorted out a referee, so "friendly" really was order of the day. The 5ths looked good against Camdenians, but as the game progressed and more changes were made the shape vanished and so did the scoreline. Similar for the 6ths, who conceded two late goals against Parkfield. Frankly, medears, we don't give a damn...........