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2005-06 Results - January

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Saturday 28th January

Accies 1sts 1 (Rick Hirst) Albanian 2.

Accies 2nds 1 (Lloyd Vanson) Old Tenisonians 0 (Mark Dawson).

Old Tenisonians 3rds 4 Accies 3rds 1 (Steve Black).

Accies 5ths 3 (Matt Glynn, Paul Campbell, Jubril Alao) Bealonians 1.

Leyton County Old Boys 4 Accies 6ths 1 (Bob Woad).

Saturday 21st January

HAC 6 Accies 1sts 0.

Accies 2nds 4 (Gareth Jenkins, Matt Field, Terry Foster, Tim Vaughan) Parkfield 1.

Old Kingsburians 2 Accies 3rds 5 (Scott Atkinson 2, Stuart Bannister, Alex Keast, og).

Egbertian 2 Accies 4ths 3 (Paul Bernard. Tony Locke, Matt Wanford).

Old Hendonians 2 Accies 5ths 2 (Jubril Alao, Andy Mackay).

Mill Hill Village 7 Accies 6ths 2 (Sameer Patel, Serge Sollo).

1sts Match Report from Danny McConnell

With the 7ths cancelled, the day provided an ideal opportunity to compare and contrast the sides at the extreme of the club and identify the key differences.

The 1sts turn up earlier. They don't wear poncy boots. Their opposition finish better.

2nds Match Report from Danny Fewkes

Accies showed good resolve and bounced back from last week’s disappointment with their strongest performance for a good while, in a home league encounter against our experienced old rivals Parkfield. Accies started with a bright sun at their back and pressed almost immediately, solid at the back, working hard on the flanks, passing the ball well thorough midfield and looking lively up front. The visitors were struggling a little to settle; in particular adapting to our formation and following some early half chances, on 15 minutes Vanson was scythed down in the box when about to shoot, for a fourth penalty in four games for the Accies. Up stepped Tel, oozing confidence, perhaps a little misplaced as having ‘done the keeper with the eyes’ proceeded to clip the side of the post! We didn’t have long to wait as some industrious work on the left flank earned a corner and Tel’s nicely flighted delivery was met by a great leap from Fieldy to put Accies ahead. We continued to threaten a second, but the away side gradually found their way into the game and were more solid defensively, without seriously threatening our goal. Alas disaster struck on 40 mins as Nugget’s attempted ‘Peter Schmeichel’ throw out failed to find Nat Keast, and with the defence temporarily disorientated as they were moving out, the Parkfield striker evaded a couple of challenges, and found his colleague who stabbed the ball past Nugget from 12 yards. 

With no disrespect to the opposition the 1-1 halftime score-line didn’t reflect the pattern of the game and Accies spoke that much of the same was needed. Again we started brightly and regained the lead within 5 minutes, Nat Keast’s tenacity won the ball, and he fed Tim Vaughan who scampered to the by-line and cut back to Tel make amends for his penalty flop, and finish from close range. The Chilean Jocko was then introduced for Tel and on the hour Vanson showed great pace to beat his man and advance on goal, only to be brought down from behind when about to pull the trigger. Welshman Jenkins was the latest Accie to try his hand at a penalty and unlike Messrs Hair, Vaughan and Tel before found the target to put us 3-1 up. Your correspondent then took a bow to herald the return of the Ginger Prince, and further Accies pressure earned a fourth goal on 70 minutes when Alvarez showed some trademark close control and Tim Vaughan coolly finished the resulting chance from 12 yards. With the game effectively settled it became a little stretched, with Accies fitness, work rate and shape not quite what it should be. Whilst Parkfield had a couple of half chances as they were able to press a little closer to Accies goal, we still looked the more likely to add to the tally and certainly spurned a couple of one on ones from some refreshing route one football (or quality long range passing) instigated from the back by Shrimpton and then Nash!

A welcome return to a bit of form and 3 vital league points as those other rivals involved in the weekend league program also won. We now look forward to back to back Cup ¼ finals, starting with an intriguing LOB match against Old Tenisonians who have picked up some fine cup wins to date. All the squad should be aware we’re approaching a vital period of the season, the main lesson from Sat being that fitness can and should still be improved upon.

Saturday 14th January

Accies 1sts 1 (Adam Parsons) Parkfield 1.

Hale End Athletic 1 Accies 2nds 0.

West Wickham 5 Accies 4ths 6 (Max Lovell 3, Dan Willoughby, Matt Wanford, Paul Bernard).

Accies 5ths 2 (Andy Mackay 2) Enfield Old Grammarians 0 (Tom Lloyd).

Southgate County 2 Accies 6ths 5 (Michael Short 3, Sameer Patel, Andy Penfold).

Leyton County Old Boys 2 Accies 7ths 1 (Steve Murden).

2nds Match Report from Danny Fewkes

Accies 2006 league campaign got off to a poor start, falling to an 89th minute goal in a tight, scrappy encounter away at Hale End. Having gratefully accepted late goals in our last league game we’ll have to take this on the chin and move on, with players hopefully acknowledging areas to work on and improve. Accies, although missing the goals and cutting edge often provided by Vanson and Tim Vaughan, still had a strong enough squad of 12, all of whom have contributed to our efforts over the last season and this to date, and began the match with a slight wind in our favour. We pressed the home side back for 20 minutes, but crucially failed to properly test the Hale End keeper at all in this period. In the corresponding match at Shenley we’d almost taken the game out of their reach by now, but a combination of more resolute defending by the opposition, and more worryingly for us, a real lack of quality in our decision making, the timing of our passes and confidence in our own ability in their half, meant Hale End began to ease their way into the game whilst still on level terms. Their dangerous striker and attacking midfielder both showed good technique to gain a yard of space and test Nugget with long range shots, whilst Accies ‘arguably’ best chance was denied by the whistle on a tight decision whether the ball had crossed the by-line, prior to Jennings’ cross.

A deserved 0-0 at half time, and not too much incident to report in the second half either! With the elements now in their favour the home side possibly shaded it, but for 44 minutes no clear cut chances were generated. Jenkins forced a great save with a well struck free kick from 30 yards, and a couple of flicked headers went close for Accies, whilst the 3 or 4 saves from the Nugget were all from efforts outside the box. On a day when the defence in particular had worked hard, the manner of the winning goal was particularly galling. We had been warned at half time that whilst well in the game and hopeful that we could be the side to nick a goal, it was in our work off the ball that the game could still be lost. A Hale End player picked up the ball on half way and was allowed to run unchallenged along their left flank all the way into our box, and his free shot across Nugget drew a decent save but the dropping ball was bundled home from 2 yards out. All credit to him for a strong run when all players must have been tiring, but some basic closing down from a number of players could have made things far more difficult, and allowed us (without being near our best) to take a point from a hard fought game against a decent footballing side whom we knew had some very talented players. Although I think a draw would have been a fair result, we have absolutely no complaints and enjoyed the post match hospitality.

With a long unbeaten run coming to an end we have to bounce back immediately as big games are coming thick and fast, starting with a vital home league clash against Parkfield. We all need to show a bit more hunger and work harder at the areas of the game we can influence and earn the right to win games. Expecting a positive response on Saturday.

4ths Match Report from Jon Logie

The Accies 4ths strode majestically into the quarter finals of the AFA Minor Cup after vanquishing West Wickham in a titanic struggle on Saturday.

The starting XI had a patched up, unfamiliar look to it, with several regulars missing and the lack of cohesion was exposed by the dangerous opposition in the very first minute. West Wickham tore through the Accies ranks with a series of one touch passes, culminating in a crisp finish across the keeper and into the corner of the net. The home crowd of 12 + one Labrador went wild.

Despite this morale-sapping start, and playing against a steep gradient, the team dug in manfully and slowly clawed their way back into a game against a tough opposition full of confidence. It looked like it might be a long road ahead, until a long Chris Wall throw was unceremoniously dropped by the Wickham keeper for skipper Dan Willoughby to tuck home from close in.

A Matt Wanford corner was then met by the head of Andy Watt and finished off by Max Lovell five minutes later, and it was clear that the Accies had an aerial superiority over their opponents. In the words of Corporal Jones, they did not like it up 'em. Rattled, they committed a rash challenge in the box on the half hour mark and Paul Barndoor stepped up to slot the penalty away.

At 3-1 up and playing against the wind and slope, it was vital to hang on until half time. Unfortunately, the Wickham number 9 had other ideas, twice beating his man with neat footwork before firing home. To make matters worse, a minute before the break, defender Chris Wall lobbed the ball back to Fox in goal, only to see it sail over his head and into the net - as spectacular an own goal as you could wish to see.

Although 3-4 down at half-time, there was a resilient feel about the team as it trotted out for the second half. And this confidence was justified, as Wickham struggled to get out of their own half, and looked increasingly stretched. However, it took a Matt Wanford wonder-strike to level the match though, running onto a mis-placed pass to curl the ball into the corner from the edge of the box. 

Their tails up, the Accies followed that with a Max Lovell finish, again from a knock down from Barndoor, and then a counter-attack led by Wanford was finished off by Lovell for his hat-trick. Not even a last minute header from Wickham could change the course of the game however, as the Accies booked their place in the last eight. 

7ths Match Report from Jonathan Day

Accies

Leyton County Old Boys went for a mix of experience and youth, and Tim soon put age in its rightful place with a (accidental) flying elbow to the face of the oldest player on the park. Despite profuse apologies the Leyton striker ("Derek") spent the rest of the game (including half time and after the final whistle) trying to go for Tim, but making sure there were plenty of his teammates around to "hold him back". In fact, every tackle on Derek after that was met with plaintive cries as the conspiracy against him grew...Aliens did land in Rothwell, J.F. Kennedy was shot on the orders of the mafia, and Derek was singled out for special treatment...

Apart from flying elbows the first half saw plenty of midfield action, a couple of Leyton breaks, one of which led to the opening goal as a flying forward (not Derek who was doubtless complaining about some injustice in the world) lashed a shot past Danny in nets despite the attentions of the Accies defence. However, showing boucebackability that Ian Holloway would have been proud of the Accies equalized very quickly, the Leyton goalkeeper punching a Corner from Bin-Murden straight into his own net. Rumours that Man Utd are keen to sign the keeper have been exaggerated...

During the first half Bin-Murden played to his reputation being brought in from the thirds, and Tim played his holding role in the centre of midfield to the letter! An impressive debut from young Liam on the right of midfield also showed promise.

However, with a few more close efforts from Leyton the half ended one all. The second half saw the Accies playing into the wind, and meant Leyton were able to exert more pressure, although they did not create too many chances. However, a screamer from outside the area beat Danny's athletic dive to make it 2-1. Derek then had a chance to lob Danny but put the ball just over the bar (doubtless a conspiracy - the goal posts had been lowered at halftime.)

Tim continued to hold the midfield, and the Accies' defence started to press up the field more, supporting the midfield and causing more problems for Leyton, although not problems that actually turned into much goal mouth action… 

A (well deserved) yellow card for some outrageous fouls by another Leyton player added to Leyton's perceived sense of injustice, but perhaps the only injustice was that they took all 3 points. Some positive play by the Accies, and a definite positive attitude, hopefully bodes well for the rest of the season.

Saturday 7th January

Accies 2nds 4 (Terry Foster, Steve Hair, Lloyd Vanson, Tim Vaughan) Brent 2.

Accies 3rds 4 (Iain Wagstaff, Mike Short, Anders Lagerhammar, Scott Atkinson) Bealonians 0 (Matt Ramsden).

Old Ignatians 1 Accies 4ths 1 (Mark Esiri)

Accies 5ths 4 (Graham Whitworth 2, Ethu Crorie, Andy Mackay) Old Woodhouseians 0 (Tom Lloyd).

Accies 6ths 2 (Tim Leeson, Bob Woad) Mill Hill County Old Boys 4

Accies 7ths 1 (Marcus Whitmore) Davenant Wanderers 4.

2nds Match Report from Danny Fewkes

Apologies for a report that is brief and rusty, no comparisons to other parts of my life please.. 

Accies eased their way into 2006 with a comfortable victory in the LOB Intermediate Cup over a Brent 2nd XI that despite playing league football a few divisions below Accies, had picked up a couple of wins over Intermediate opposition on their route to the last 16, so needed to be treated with respect. Despite the ravages of flu, winter breaks and injury we still lined up with a strong 11, though certainly unbalanced and heavily biased in favour of strikers and attacking midfielders. Our pre match fitness test revealed an ‘acceptably’ small increase in bodyweight (with a few exceptions) and the game began on a perfect footballing surface.

On 15 minutes, Accies moved ahead with a penalty clinically despatched by Tel, following a handball from the young Brent defender. A little aggrieved by the decision, this seemed to fire the opposition up and they competed aggressively across the pitch. They were however, soon caught by a quick counter attack, adeptly finished by Vanson. 2 soon became 3 on the half hour when Tim Vaughan took advantage as the visitors struggled to clear their lines from an Accies set piece. All credit to Brent who refused to crumble, displaying a great spirit and willingness to push men forward. They earned a reward before the break when a quality early cross was headed past Nugget. Any hopes of a comeback were effectively crushed early in the second half as Hair slotted a fourth from close range, but frustratingly Accies appeared to use this to justify a slackness in approach and application of the basics of the game. We continued to create and spurn chances, yet it was a missed header and lack of concentration almost immediately after Tim Vaughan had clipped the bar when well placed, that allowed Brent to score their second with a neat finish. The game drifted to an uneventful conclusion with Accies happy enough to move into the ¼ finals, but certainly aware that we’ll need to move up a gear if we are to advance further.

Next week sees a tough league encounter against a free scoring Hale End team in good form, and whilst we will welcome back some missing defensive and midfield players, all of us will have to find ways to compensate for the missing goal threats of Vanson and Tim Vaughan, suffering from a typical Accies malaise of skiing in the winter…

5ths Match Report from Graham Whitworth

The first game after the Xmas break is normally a tough one, no matter who the opposition are. The 5ths welcomed the second from bottom of the table Old Woodhouseians to a perfect playing surface at Shenley (Man U would have wished their F.A. Cup game was at Shenley, not at the Pirelli Stadium) and in desperate need of a confidence inspiring performance and result.

And so the performance and result came, the 5ths starting the match with some composed and flowing football, moving the ball around well, playing sensibly, keeping possession and players making themselves available and wanting the ball - qualities which had been lacking for a number of games in the run up to Christmas. Some half chances were created, and Old Woods did not threaten at all. The first Accies goal came with a perfect example of how devastating one touch football can be. The ball was won in midfield by Glynn, who played a quick, early ball to Whitworth, which was touched inside to Mackay who unleashed a good strike at goal which the keeper only managed to parry. Some unknown right back, who was more out of position than the Luton goalkeeper was when playing against Liverpool on Sat night, tapped it in for a 1-0 lead. Kid, the skipper, took the honourable and just decision to substitute this ill disciplined primadonna (I heard via the grapevine that this could be the end of his Accies career) and replace him with a more focussed and meticulous Norwegian at half time.

The second half began in a similar vein to that of the first, with the Accies dominating proceedings. But, with only a 1-0 lead, there was still a lot of work to do. Some more pressure came from the Accies, with good penetration down the flanks by Whyman and Redman. A second goal came after the Accies won the ball on the left hand side of the pitch and Glynn, with his trademark playmaker vision, released Mackay with a superb ball which was duly tidily tucked away. A couple more chances were created, Redman blasting over the bar from 2 yards out with a miss of the season contender and Mackay choosing to shoot from a narrow angle when a simple squared pass would have surely resulted in a goal. On came the most colour co-ordinated footballer Shenley has probably ever seen, Jubril, with his Ali G style blue beanie matching his kit perfectly, replaced Andy Mackay up front and had an almost immediate impact as he put in a great pass to Whitworth to leave the author with a one on one. 3-0 and a barren patch for the vice-skip finally put to bed. The last 15 minutes started to show both sides hadn't played for a number of weeks, as players tired and a couple of late tackles from both teams emphasised this. Woods had a bit of pressure with a couple of corners and free kicks but these were comfortably dealt with by our solid defence and flu ridden goalkeeper before a 4th goal was scrambled in by Whitworth after an excellent cross on the ground and behind the Woods defence from the left by Redman. 

A comfortable victory and a very good start to 2006 for the 5ths after a woeful end to 2005 which saw us knocked out of both cups and lose in the last league game before Christmas to a side we had hammered earlier in the season. Here's hoping for a run of victories in the league a la the 2003-2004 season.

7ths Match Report from Danny McConnell

Another in a long line of frustrating results for the 7ths. Once again a side of unfamiliar faces (even Harry Redknapp would baulk at the side of this squad) and a mixture of late-comers and no-shows, not helping the pre-match organisation.

Nevertheless the Accies kicked off with eleven, against Davenant on what proved to be a sticky pitch. After a tight beginning, Davenant opened the scoring with a ball on the break, played over the top and lobbed into the net for an easy finish. The Accies fought back, and debutant Roy Okec broke through and in a rabbit in the headlights moment, lobbed the keeper and crossbar by about 50 yards. Fortunately no Microlights were flying, otherwise the comedy could have turned to tragedy. Still the Accies pressed, and Marcus Whitmore broke through to finish neatly and give the Accies a half time lead.

At half time the talk was about tracking runners (becoming a theme), maintaining our fitness (becoming a theme) and if we stuck at it, we'd get a result (becoming a theme). None out of three ain't good. The first fifteen minutes were tight, but then Davenant created a chance on the edge of the area which was curled just within reach of the keeper, but not close enough to keep it out. The Accies fought back, but the killer blow was landed with twenty minutes to go. A break on the left saw the Turtle beaten at the near post with some questionable positioning (OK, I thought I was on the goal-line and I was on the six-yard line) and the ball trickled through the net and out the back. Honesty prevailed, and Davenant were given the goal that gave a two goal margin, and with the Accies flagging, finished us off. A fourth later didn't really reflect the scoreline.

Once again, the Accies had a chance to get something, and would've deserved it, but basic mistakes (led by the author) and lack of fitness told the tale. Kudos to Danny Goldman who kept going despite a cracked rib (or perhaps simply overindulgence over Christmas).

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