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2005-06 Results - December

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Saturday 17th December

Old Minchendenians 2 Accies 2nds 3 (Tim Vaughan, Lloyd Vanson, Steve Hair).

Accies 3rds 1 (Jamie Topping) Egbertians 4

Accies 4ths 2 (Matt Wanford, Mark Esiri) Sinjuns Grammarians 3

Old Aloysians 2 Accies 5ths 0

Accies 6ths 5 (Chi Tang 2, Mark Esiri 2, Mike Epstein) London Hospital Old Boys 1

2nds Match Report from Danny Fewkes

Accies 2s were again in league action as they took the short trip to Old Minch's for their last competitive fixture of 2005, seeking to keep the pressure on leaders Old Meads. Selection was relatively settled with only the Chilean Jocko and Shrimpo missing from last week, suitably replaced by a returning Rodent and a pack of Mini (more Maxi in the opinion of some..) Cheddars. The only other decision arose following the axing of Tel to the bench, (your correspondent finally snapping at his continued criticism of my reporting abilities). This left a large hole to fill, the two candidates being the returning Crotty, or deeming that Hair was finally ready for his first proper start since injury in early October. The call came late on Friday that after a four hour gym session Hair's cardiovascular score had finally risen above that of a hibernating dormouse and he got the nod.

Old Minch's had clearly improved their side from that twice beaten comfortably by the Accies last season, in particular featuring some dangerous skilful attacking players, which was of no surprise on inspection of their goals scored column in the league table. Neither side settled particularly quickly, but with the home defence certainly initially a little unsteady, it was the Accies who spurned a marvellous chance 10 mins in, as Vanson utilised his pace to break clear of the home defence, but failed to apply his normal quality of finish. Without having previously threatened the Nugget, Minch's took the lead on 20 minutes, when a slack pass from the back was seized upon and their left winger did well to skip past the last defender and finish emphatically past the old warhorse, his mind perhaps looking ahead to the battle with Deng at York on Sunday. Accies weren't at their best but still had the lion's share of possession and fashioned the few half chances on view. Away from home our biggest failing again was probably taking a little too much time in working the ball forward to our front runners. By giving Minch's time to regroup and with a slightly bobbly surface, it was always going to be difficult to work our trademark triangles in the last third.

Turning around 1-0 down there was no need for panic, and all were convinced we could still win the match. Despite a sluggish few opening minutes we soon imposed ourselves with Hair influential and Tim Vaughan at the heart of most of the attacking play. Crotty was introduced for the Ginger Prince and several chances were spurned before the action and incident really started. Vaughan was taken out in the box, but his resultant penalty bore no resemblance to his usual quality of strike, and the saved effort fell to the onrushing Rodent who himself was scythed down. Penalty number 2, taker number 2 and another effort resembling a number 2. Hair saved his own blushes by slotting in the rebound from an acute angle. 1-1 with 25 minutes to go. The introduction of Tel meant we now lined up with a very attacking formation and looked to move on and seize all 3 points. Vanson and Vaughan were denied by a finger tip save and a wonderful goal line clearance before with 15 minutes remaining, Minch's found fire in their belly and began to press forward themselves and trouble the Accies. Nugget saved well from close range, then, as the game seemed destined to end with the spoils shared, on 86 mins, Accies momentarily lost their concentration; conceding a free kick deep in our half and from the resultant cross seeing the oppo centre forward steal a yard and bury his header. 

It is a measure of the spirit throughout the side (more of that later) that with several minutes of injury time due, we still hoped to grab something from the game.A lifeline was earned when the Rodent scampered clear on 89 minutes only to be hauled down for what could have been a 3rd penalty, but ended up as a direct free kick on the penalty box line. Fortunately Tel didn't listen to Jenkins, (who had done well throughout, but by now resembled Monty Python's Black Knight) and touched the ball instead to Vaughan, who spanked a low drive home via a minor deflection. That however was not that; from the restart midfielder Hair quickly regained possession and slipped a short pass to Vaughan whose early release found Vanson, surprisingly unmarked in the left channel. Atoning for some earlier misses (this had been the only downside in his lively display that had teased and troubled the home defence all afternoon), he cut inside and drilled a last gasp winner to the delight of the visiting fans. This was a bitter blow and tough for Minch's to take but their fine post match hospitality was greatly enjoyed before we moved on to Central London to enjoy a traditional Accies Christmas refuelling drink, the low point of which being Crotty's disappointing double parking, only partially mitigated by his consumption of the 'Winkle's eyebrow' ..

So that is an end to 2005, and a chance to recharge batteries from what has been an incredible calendar year for the side, winning 23 (1 by pens), drawing 2 and losing 2 of our 27 competitive matches. I'd like to take this opportunity to commend all those who've been involved (particularly those defenders who never get the limelight they crave in the reports); there has been a great spirit, work rate and never say die attitude throughout (or certainly most of the time!), which deserves praise. 2006 promises to be very tough, the hard work has to continue as we look to advance in 2 cups and keep pressurising our league rivals, in a division that has far more strength in overall depth than last year.

Happy Christmas and New Year to all.

4ths Match Report from Steve Woodrow

Where did it all go wrong……..the Accies 4th team experienced a shock LOB cup exit on Saturday at the hands of a team 2 leagues lower than them. This had to be one of the worst performances ever given by the 4th team, collectively and individually we were inept. Let us not detract from our conquerors though, they deserved to win on the day, they took advantage of the situation and good luck to them for the next round. We still have a chance to put things right in the AFA Cup, let’s just hope we play to our abilities in that game.

There isn’t very much to write about the game, we conceded a goal with their first attack of the game (25 minutes into the game), a comedy of errors which ended up with their pleasant centre forward benefiting from a ricochet from the clown (yours truly) in goal. To a certain extent this woke us up a little and after some pressure on their goal we somewhat fortuitously equalized (Barndoor using a good old fashioned barge on their keeper that would not have looked out of place in the 1930’s). The pressure then continued and after a flowing move (the only time in the game when we actually managed to string more than 2 passes together) we went 2-1 up and that’s how it remained until halftime.

We realised at half time that we were worse than poor and we needed to up the effort, the consensus being that we were playing opposition that were very limited and that all we needed was to play our normal game………that didn’t happen though and the second half was abysmal. 

The first 25 minutes passed by uneventfully and easily forgettable , queue calamity…….a hopeful cross into the box from the right, a shout from the clown in goal, the ball wasn’t met and the smallest player on the pitch flicked it on past the onrushing fool with the gloves on to make it 2-2. The next 15 minutes were also forgettable, misplaced passes, poor control, it was as if it was the first time we’d seen each other or a ball. 5 minutes to go and we lose possession in midfield which for some reason meant that they had a 3 on 1 situation, which they duly took advantage of to spark wild celebrations (I must add that this goal was not down to the clown in goal). There was still a chance in the final minute for us to equalise, but it was spurned, we didn’t deserve it anyway.

Let’s hope that we don’t have any more performances like this one because if we turn up for a league game and play like this we’ll get absolutely spanked. It looks like there will be a shake-up in the New Year, we will put this behind us and put it down to a one off very bad day. We are a good team; we just need to prove it again.

Saturday 10th December

Accies 1sts 2 (Jon Houghton, Adam Parsons) Old Aloysians 0 (Dan Saxby).

Accies 2nds 4 (Gareth Jenkins 2, Tim Vaughan, og) Hale End Athletic 2.

Accies 3rds 1 Enfield Old Grammarians 0 (Matt Ramsden).

Old Parmiterians 1 Accies 4ths 3 (Mark Esiri, Jon Logie, Dom Mignon).

Old Finchleians 2 Accies 5ths 1.

Old Woodhouseians 2 Accies 6ths 4 (Chris Carter, Tony Naylor, James Liang, Mike Epstein).

Old Finchleians 6 Accies 7ths 2 (Marcus Whitmore, George Idama).

2nds Match Report from Danny Fewkes

Back to league action for the 2s and a continuation of our attempts to stay on the coat tails of leaders Meadonians. Accies were able to name 12 of the 13 that crushed Glyn last week, and again sent out a line up and formation intent on taking the game to our visitors. Shrimpton returned at the back , Jenkins moving forward into centre midfield , with Crotty away taking the opportunity for a Rodent style romantic break in Rome (a trip his girlfriend should note was only booked after he had been axed anyway for his insolence to your correspondent the previous week... and whilst we're on the subject, the poor girl should also be aware that last week's game didn't actually go to extra time and penalties, he was in the pub refuelling with the rest of the lads....) 

Accies started brightly with attacking intent across the pitch, and for a successive week took a very early lead, Tim Vaughan finishing smartly after good work from the Chilean Jocko. Hale End's back four and keeper were struggling to settle, but when Accies gave away cheap possession on halfway, the oppo showed great quality to quickly work an overlap and finish well from the resultant cross. Accies response was almost immediate, regaining the lead as Jenkins was allowed a free header and powerfully met Tel's in swinging corner. 2-1 and less than 10 minutes on the clock, but that still wasn't the last of the early goals. On 15 minutes Accies doubled their lead, gratefully accepting an own goal, shanked past a helpless keeper from Nat Keast's low drilled cross. At last time to draw breath, yet the young Hale End side refused to buckle and settled well earning their fair share of possession, showing good technique and mobility across both midfield and attack, and certainly causing a few problems for an Accies side perhaps relaxing a little too soon. Accies did however continue to look threatening, stretching the oppo back line and a fourth goal arrived on the half hour when their keeper struggled to deal with another set piece delivery and Jenkins tapped home from close range. Again they responded well and were perhaps a little unlucky not to reduce the arrears before time was finally called on a hectic first period.

A 'relatively' calm spell after the break was probably enough to make the 3 points safe, but our passing had by now begun to deteriorate, our work rate off the ball dropped and we certainly offered our rearguard (who were resilient throughout) less than the usual level of cover to the fury of both Lord Nugget (who is an idle fop) and the home crowd. The game was now stretched, flowing from end to end and with 15 minutes to go ,a good break from the visitors was rewarded by a headed second goal. There still remained time for Vanson to be illegally halted when bearing down on goal, but Accies were glad to hear the final whistle and complete a 4-2 victory.

With a couple of days to reflect, we can and should congratulate ourselves on an 8th successive win but most importantly should take heed from some of the lessons arising from the game. Firstly credit to a very young Hale End outfit that in spells played some of the best football seen against us this season. As it's Christmas we won't bore our readers with too much tactical twaddle and spouting of rubbish (much as I am capable of), but our players all know and are familiar with the system we play, and in particular the defensive responsibilities of all players right across the team, from the forwards back to the Nugget. On Saturday, (for a team that has aspirations to advance in 2 cups and challenge in the league), we certainly didn't do enough in this area, and our approach (when 4-1 up) in tactical boxing terms, was like a Nigel Benn fight.

P.S Apologies for a report that errs too much on the serious side, we'll try to make amends next week with the results of the ' Tel's second half lob wedge pass attempt - discuss ??' competition. My mentor Ewan Drummond, who unlike modern day football theorists, had 'distance from your goals' as the only criteria relevant for a successful pass, would have been raging.....

4ths Match Report from Dan Willoughby

It was only a few weeks back when we last played Old Parmiterians, their match report stating 'Another game, another win for the mighty Parms. Marching onwards and upwards towards the top of the league. Can anyone stop us ? I doubt it !!', well 4 weeks later and UCL Accies did indeed stop them dead in their tracks. And it was the way Accies won which is reassuring to us. On Tuesday morning we had 16 players to cherry pick from, by Saturday morning we had only 12! in the process we had lost our 2 main strikers and our target line which has so far netted 27 goals between them this season was missing, did that worry us, no not in the slightest as the team knew our goals can come from all quarters anyway.

Then from the Parmiterians sidelines we heard a cry that we'll never be able to play on a pitch like this (muddy and waterlogged in places), what they forget is every other week we have to play on pitches a lot worse than this and as such the game play just changes to suit.. anyway first half underway and it was purely a midfield battle - neither side working the keeper at all and any attacking football was few and far between. 0-0 at half time.

The second half started brightly and eventually we broke down the right swinging a cross over, a goal mouth scramble assumed and the result was a poor defensive header out to the left which Dom volleyed home with pace, giving the keeper no chance.. 1-0 up, then after 10 mins Logie was brought on and within 5 mins he shot at goal from some 20 yards out only to see the keeper drop it in his own net 2-0 up. The play by now was all Accies and whilst the pitch wasn't great it was the 'mighty Parms' who were making hard work of it, miss kicking and heading the ball out of play when simple options were on, then the 3rd went in via a half chance from Esiri who dinked the ball against the post on its way to goal.. 3-0 up and 'mighty Parms' were on the verge of self destruct, arguing between themselves. We could have easily had a fourth but for a last ditch tackle on Esiri. Old Parms (formally known at mighty Parms) did have a couple of second half chances but these were either long range efforts or once again stopped dead by the in form Fox.. eventually with about 10mins left Old Parms scored a consolation from a goal mouth scramble but it was too little too late and the 3 points were UCL's.

7ths Match Report from Danny McConnell

Festive fun from the sevenths, who gathered in Southgate determined to enjoy the pantomime season. First up was "how many Accies can you fit in a Micra", with seven people turning up expecting a lift (most unannounced). Fortunately, Big George had decided trying to negotiate the highways of North London was impossible, and had turned up in his car hoping to follow someone with some sense of direction.

Changing in the cricket pavilion because someone had burnt down the changing rooms is always a nice start, but half an hour before kickoff all, bar the referee, were assembled, with both sides warming up and Finchleians sweeping one swampy goalmouth and searching for alligators, and filling in rabbit holes throughout the pitch.

Once the game kicked off, the Turtle elected to wallow in the first half, and the show began. Almost immediately the Accies went Old Testament, the defence parting to allow Finchleians left winger, offering a running commentary on the refereeing, to break through, and square across the swamp for an early opener. The Accies fought back, and looked dangerous on the break against a Finchleians keeper desperately trying to use his hands. Alas, with halftime approaching Finchleians broke through again, and as the ball was turned across leaving the Turtle floundering, the ball was hacked away only to rebound off a Finchleians forward for a 2-1 half time lead.

The half time talk was all about work and tracking, and getting off to a fast start. Within 30 seconds, Finchleians led 3-1, and the Accies uphill task was getting ever steeper. The Accies huffed and puffed in the second half, but halfway through Finchleians added a fourth which effectively killed off the game. 

All that was left was a series of comedy moments. Big George and a Finchleian standing on the touchline for a full ten seconds debating whether the ball had fully crossed the line or not, standing over it and disagreeing until the Finchleian persuading him it hadn't, at which point George set off up the touchline with the ball at feet, leaving the Finchleian behind. Little George, pressed into action as a wing back chasing back to tackle breaking Finchleians whilst unable to see the ball when he got there (no supplies of spare contact lenses being available), the Finchleians keeper marooned in the morass looking for his distress flare. Adey pulling up in a "sniper moment" as he blew out his calf (blaming the invisible man for raking him), temporarily going in goal and then being carried off the pitch. Amongst the chaos one Finchleian left early clearly feeling the job was done (nice touch) and a youngster came on, ran about for five minutes, and then spent the next five minutes throwing up his guts on the touchline.

Amidst the mayhem, the Accies through caution to the wind and attacked with abandon, conceding two more on the break but Tseyi adding a consolation. At the final whistle, the scoreline, if not the result, flattered Finchleians, and the Accies duly trooped back to Southover for a shower and some food.

Roll on 2006!

Saturday 3rd December

Broomfield 2 Accies 1sts 1 (Jamie Topping).

Accies 2nds 9 (Lloyd Vanson 3, Tim Vaughan 2, Matt Field, Simon Vaughan, Mo Alvarez, Steve Hair) Glyn Old Boys 0 (Mark Dawson).

Old Camdenians 4 Accies 3rds 2 (Phil Stewart, Scott Atkinson).

Accies 4ths 3 (Paul Bernard, Si Valentine, Hakeem Adeniran) Queen Mary College Old Boys 1.

Albanian 7 Accies 5ths 0.

Old Tollingtonians 4 Accies 6ths 2 (James Liang, og).

Accies 7ths 4 (Tseyi Hammond 2, Neil Lawrence, Dwayne Simmons) Old Camdenians 2.

1sts Match Report from Mark McGuigan

The resurgent (!) Accies arrived at Broomfield hoping for another victory, and the omens were good when all of the squad had arrived more than half an hour before kick-off. The Broomfield pitch was as good a surface we could expect away from Shenley, and all was set for a fine game. We were not disappointed by the spectacle, only the result. Two good sides were evenly matched, and in truth neither could have complained about a defeat. Chances came for both sides, and the Accies will rue what might have been.. something this scribe is getting used to. 

The first half saw the usual blistering start from the visitors (am I getting sufficient irony into this passage..?) and consequently the home side were the more dangerous in the opening 15 minutes. The Accies soon discovered some power and control however, and so it was disappointing that when the goal came it was for the home side who had probably looked more like conceding at this stage. The ball was given away and the Accies were punished down the right, with a smart finish making it 1-0. The visitors should have scored when Houghton headed wide of the far post after the first of several quality dead ball deliveries from Hirst. The Accies looked dangerous though, and some strong running on the left from Carabine and Hayward, a low cross and Topping was at the far post to chip home despite the efforts of a defender to head the ball clear. 1-1 and a really good game so far. 

Half time came, and after 5 minutes debating whether to stay or go (God rest your soul Mr Strummer) the accies remained on the pitch rugby style, discussed how a strong start was needed for the 2nd half, and then of course began it at our usual snails pace. The game was still even though, and both teams a little nervey as the tension grew. The quality of the home side came through first, as the left back who had troubled the vistors all afternoon caused disarray in the defence by a strong run, a neat one-two followed and the ball was struck home from inside the box. The Accies responded well, finding reserves of energy and committment that stretched the home defence to breaking point. The chances came, but unfortunately were spurned, and eventually the clock beat a gallant effort. 

Broomfield will fancy their chances of going all the way after this win, and we wish them good luck.

2nds Match Report from Danny Fewkes

Following the storming of fortress Eppo, Accies 2s returned to Shenley to finally begin their defence of the LOB Intermediate Cup, against a Glyn Old Boys side that had travelled from leafy suburbs of Epsom. Given they ply their trade a few divisions below the Accies, this was always going to be a tough encounter for Glyn, and so it proved to be. 

Playing into the elements it took Accies only 2 minutes to ease ahead with a scrappy opener from the Ginger Prince [before we move on it should be noted that whilst his younger brother is both a scorer of great goals and a great goal scorer, the Prince is (fortunately for himself and his young lady) purely a scorer of ugly goals!] , and saw a steady stream follow throughout the remaining 88 minutes, despite the oppo rallying well and defending more stoutly in the periods before and after half time. Accies displayed good quality throughout, our only real area for improvement possibly being the need to press the opposition and close down space a little quicker. Given the score line and gulf in class between the sides, Glyn actually got the ball into our box a little easily at times, and Nugget was forced to work harder for his clean sheet than the boy Tel a few weeks previously.

Many of our readers (with the notable exception of the Nugget, who is an idle fop) have useful, if not necessarily essential tasks to fulfil during the course of the day, therefore we will not dwell unnecessarily with detailed descriptions of ALL of the goals. Suffice to say Vanson contributed with a hat-trick (8,62,68) two of which were particularly high quality finishes; Tim Vaughan notched the 4th (a trademark goal on 28 mins) and the 9th (a toe poke on 85), and Fieldy's powerful header (58) from Tel's lovely right footed in swinging cross, kick started our 2nd half efforts.

Two 'strikes' merit a little more comment, firstly that of the Chilean Jocko on 22 minutes, whose effort, whilst on target appeared to be beckoned into the goal by a Glyn keeper giving a fine impersonation of a traffic cop. Given both the Fox and the Turtle were in close proximity, a quick double take was required to check we hadn't lined up against the wrong oppo. The return of Steve Hair from a long term injury is good news for the Accies, despite the fact that he is a Yorkshireman, and he purred the touchline for the first 45 mins fine tuning his engine for a 2nd half run out. Walker, still injured, but looking dapper in his country squire attire and moonlighting as our physio was charged with refuelling Hair before his entrance but appeared to fail miserably, using diesel instead of 4 star. This quickly caused an engine stalling and an embarrassing 'roasting' moment from a none to speedy Glyn midfielder, accompanied by a loud sideline cheer. T-Bar is made of sterner stuff and soon settled with some clever turns and good link up play (though the clever runs adored by Del Saunders may have to wait) and did receive the reward of our 8th goal, disputed as an own goal by the ref but kindly awarded by your correspondent as a confidence building exercise. 

We shouldn't get too carried away by the scoreline and now need to focus on the much tougher tasks ahead, starting with a home league game against Hale End. What Saturday only really confirmed is that if allowed time and space to play, we're capable of putting on a fine entertaining exhibition, however it was another clean sheet and the attitude and commitment were again good and certainly deserve praise. 

4ths Match Report from Dan Willoughby

This Saturday saw the 4th team take on there old league rivals Queen Mary's 2's. Though this season the usual fight for top honours/promotion between the two teams wasn't quite there given that QM have undergone somewhat of a team transformation losing many of there old players and as such only picking up 1 win in 7 so far. That said this didn't deter from the fact that the Accies are on a excellent roll with two consecutive 9-1 cup wins and we wanted a similar league performance this week to stay in touch at the top ourselves.

The Accies started the game kicking into the wind, but still started brightly and created many of the opening chances only not to score. Then with 25 mins gone we broke again and Hakeem slotted home from 10 yards out. Then the Fox was called into action and pulled off two excellent saves in the first half to keep the Accies ahead, both claw back style saves off the line, reminiscent of Seaman for Arsenal in the FA cup semi against Sheffield Utd a couple of years ago, Seamen was on everyone's lips, thankfully not the Fox's though. QM fought hard with the wind behind them and with a ball over the top their striker ran onto it but was given offside, to his frustration he kicked the ball away and was subsequently booked. 1-0 at half time to the Accies..

With the wind behind us in the 2nd half we asked for more of the same and also some 'speculative' longer ranger shots on target could well make the oppo keeper work more too. Again the Accies started brightly and carved a few chances out early on, Steve Mc making the keeper work twice with some excellent shots. For the oppo it was more of the same and the bulk of the QM play came through their striker, though by now we could read this and managed the Accies defence accordingly. Then Barndoor broke free on the hour mark and slotted home in the bottom left corner to make it 2-0. We seemed to be cruising at this point only for QM to score and set up a tense 20 mins or so, then came their biggest downfall, a shove from the QM 9 on one of our defenders gave a free kick to us, a couple of one touch passes later this opened up into a slick move which saw Si Val eventually tuck the ball home at the 2nd time of asking (the keeper making a decent first save). 3-1 up for the Accies and then self destruct for QM, the number 9's frustration pointed at the ref for allowing the free kick to be given in the first place and off he went, straight red. This allowed our defence to push forward and I myself need no second invite to oblige, defence through midfield the passing picked up and down the right we created some decent crosses/come shots but the 4th goal could not be found, however the last 15 mins were a lot more relaxed for the Accies given QM were down to 10 men.

On further point is you'll note no 'play making' mentions for Emmerson this week (as he's not writing the match report!) after turning up late he wasn't surprised to learn that I'd used the "turn up late and you're sub" card, he came on the pitch just after half time and that's all the mention he's getting this week.

A very good 3 weeks for the Accies now and we should be able to continue this very good run onto next week when we play Old Parmiterians away.

7ths Match Report from Danny McConnell

Key pre-match questions - could Dwayne and George find their way to Shenley (third time they'd played there) without getting lost? Would Lawro manage to catch a train on time? Would the Accies play 4-4-2, 5-3-2, Christmas Tree, and who'd be the fairy on top? Dwayne would be my choice to wield a wand, but Tseyi would look better in a dress. Could Neil stay awake that long?

Tseyi arrived on time with a bombshell, he'd washed his hands of helping Dwayne and George find their way around north London, and yet a record 20 minutes before kickoff all Accies were present, and warming up, though the answers to both travel questions were no. Camdenians, meanwhile were late, and unsurprisingly it was the Accies fastest out of the blocks, having decided to play the normal formation.

Within ten minutes, Dwayne had opened his account for the Accies, eschewing seventeen step overs to simply bury the ball, and shortly after Tseyi Hammond added a second. Into the wind, all looked rosy, particularly with a defence solidly marshalled by Adey Haysome (appearing following a late fitness test) and George I bossing midfield and dovetailing well with the industrious, but doubtful Jonno Day. Camdenians needed something out of the ordinary to get back into the game, and a long free kick produced it with a "shall I catch or shall I punch" moment from the Turtle. The answer, as ever, tends to be neither and settled for flapping. Not downhearted, the Accies immediately struck back, and immediately restored the lead to two goals, and half time came with the Accies well in control.

The key to the second half was maintaining shape, discipline and the pace of the game, and for fifteen minutes the Accies held firm, looking more likely to extend the lead than concede. Certainly helped by the Kevin Pietersen haircut lookalike moving out of midfield, and into goal. Then, as the "Balaclava" stage of the game arrived Camdenians sprung the defence, and galloped through one on one. What was needed was a keeper to "make himself big", a task the author has been working on for many years, and the chance was denied, a smart save conceding a corner. Sadly, this was poorly defended and at the back post Camdenians tucked away a volley to reduce the deficit to 3-2.

Here we go again, must have been the thought, and shortly after a second corner looked like creating the equaliser, only for Andy Colthorpe to risk life and head to clear at the near post. Camdenians continued to pressure, but finally the ball broke to the other end and Neil Lawrence tucked away a smart chance to kill off Camdenians chances and the final whistle followed shortly.

After the heartbreaks of recent weeks, a well earned result. The Accies looked dangerous going forwards, and solid at the back, allowing just three chances plus an early visit from Santa Turtle. Some key questions answered, and yet more posed. Where had Adey's pace gone? Did he ever have any? Should we ever risk asking George and Dwayne to give Neil a lift and turn up on time? Will Alex manage to head the ball on the half volley without getting kicked in the bonce? Can Tim take a corner without trying (and utterly failing) to score? Will the skipper stop conceding silly goals? Next week's thrilling engagement somewhere in Finchley! Which one of Dwayne, Tseyi and Neil would be the fairy, and who is just a bauble?


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