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2006-07 Results - April

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Saturday 28th April

Accies 1sts 0 Old Parmiterians 1.

Accies 2nds 0 Old Minchendenians 2.

Bealonians 5 Accies 4ths 1 (Graham Whitworth).

Credit Suisse 2 Accies 6ths 2 (Tom Barlow, Was Shiraz, friendly).

1sts Report from Steve Hair

Accies continued where they left off with another lacklustre display against Old Parmiterians, though once again in recent matches were left rueing refereeing decisions at the end of the game. Another hot day and Accies played like this was a pre-season friendly, failing to bring any real tempo to their play. Parmiterians started well, with their 2 front players looking lively and causing Accies’ back 4 problems. The Accies belatedly managed to get into the game, and created one or two decent opportunities – Vanson and Blake combining well before shooting wide. Blake was winning everything in the air, but did not get enough support around him to take advantage. In one of their only decent moves of the first half, the Accies worked the ball well to Blake who attempted to wriggle free from his marker. The defender was all over Blake and pulling at his shirt, but Blake carried on attempting to score, but was forced into dragging his shot wide by the foul. The referee failed to give a penalty, and there is surely something wrong with an interpretation which penalises a striker from staying on his feet rather than going down in the box. However, all in all the Accies let themselves down in the first half with some sloppy passing and only some poor finishing from Parmiterians and last ditch defending kept the scoreline at 0-0. 

The second half started with Parmiterians in the ascendancy still – and the only goal of the game wasn’t long in coming. Another soft goal from the Accies point of view, the right midfielder getting to the bye-line too easily and the centre forward having far too much room to slot home. Accies tried hard to get the equaliser, but never really threatened the Parmiterians goal, save when Chantler was pole axed (there is no other word for it) following a corner. Unbelievably, the referee once again failed to award a spot kick. 1-0 it finished. The 2 penalty decisions could well have made a difference, but defeat would have been harsh on Parmiterians, who, despite also seeming to suffer in the heat, had the better cutting edge throughout. In any event, the Accies cannot blame the referee unduly – as it was hard to escape the feeling that some of the Accies have already packed up for the summer. Two games to go – pride alone should see to it that we have 2 decent performances.

Monday 23rd April

Mill Hill Village 1 Accies 2nds 0.

Saturday 21st April

Parkfield 1 Accies 1sts 2 (Gareth Jones, Greg Blake).

Southgate County 0 Accies 2nds 4

Accies 3rds 1 (Chris Groves) Leyton County Old Boys 4.

Leyton County Old Boys 2 Accies 3rds 1 (Tony Locke).

William Fitt 4 Accies 4ths 1 (Matt Redman).

Mill Hill County Old Boys 4 Accies 5ths 1 (James Liang).

1sts Report from Steve Hair

Accies saved their worst performance for a few weeks for the match against bottom of the table Parkfield. Another hot Saturday, but this week the energy levels and intensity shown in previous weeks were nowhere to be seen. The one constant with the last couple of games was the Accies failing to make the most of their chances – winning the game 2-1 when 5 or 6-1 would have been a scoreline more reflective of the balance of play. Jones scored early on for the Accies, springing an offside trap set by a static back 4 and slotting coolly past the keeper. This should have been added to during the course of the first half with Hirst missing an almost identical chance, but the Accies never really got going. Parkfield started strongly in the second half and scored after about 5 mins. Accies searched for the winner, missing more chances, until a great header from Blake from a cross by Cordell won the game with 10 mins to go. A performance to forget and improvement needed for next week. MOM Blake

Monday 16th April

Accies 1sts 2 (Mike Foster, Lloyd Vanson) HAC 3.

1sts Report from Steve Hair

Accies slipped to a second disappointing defeat in the space of 3 days, a 3-2 defeat to HAC at Hanwell Town. If anything, this defeat was more galling than Saturday’s against Meads – the Accies finding a much better cutting edge on the night, creating several good opportunities and again being denied by crucial decisions. 

The Accies started brilliantly, causing havoc in the HAC defence with good passing and movement. HAC were all over the place, particularly from corners where the defenders seemed to have no idea how a bizarre zonal marking system was designed to work – Chantler headed wide when well placed and 2 efforts were scrambled off the line. The break though was not long in coming, Foster tapping home after more mayhem in the HAC box. The HAC left midfielder was looking bright and purposeful, but Chantler, Rabie, Pirrie and Topping were all untroubled at the back, HAC’s only effort coming from a fine strike from distance, bringing a good save from Dawson. Accies second followed soon after – Carabine running purposefully, then some lovely triangles cutting open the HAC defence for Jones to cross and Vanson to coolly slot home. It should have been 3 later in the half, but the referee failed to give a blatant handball, and HAC grabbed a goal against the run of play when along ball over the top caught out the Accies defence and was slotted home.

Accies went into half time wondering how a game they had dominated had only yielded a 2-1 half time lead, and it was perhaps this uncertainty which led to a calamitous second goal – Accies having about 4 chances to clear the ball from their penalty area before the centre forward, with perhaps his first touch of the game forced home. At 2-2, HAC produced their best football of the game, hitting long balls forward to the strikers and swarming up in support and it was a move of real quality which led to the winning goal – a good through ball feeding the substitute who powered up the left hand side and fed a fine ball across the 6 yard line for a tap in by the striker. HAC missed further chances, shooting wide from inside the box on a couple of occasions. Accies were not finished yet though, creating several more chances – Hair had a header blocked on the line, and Vanson, Blake and Hair all shot over when well placed.

The final nail in the coffin was delivered by the referee who failed to award a penalty for a blatant handball which prevented the ball going over the line. Accies need to take heart from the last 2 performances where they have more than matched the two teams who will probably finish as the top two teams in the league – but need to be more clinical in front of goal and cut out gifting goals to the opposition to really move forward. MOM Hirst. 

Saturday 14th April

Accies 1sts 1 (Innis Pirrie) Old Meadonians 3.

Accies 2nds 0 Brent 1.

Hale End Athletic 1 Accies 4ths 2 (Andy Mackay 2).

Bealonians 2 Accies 6ths 0.

1sts Report from Steve Hair

Accies slipped to an undeserved 3-1 loss at the hands of Old Meadonians at a baking hot Shenley. The game started in a scrappy fashion with neither side keeping hold of the ball particularly well, but Meadonians were soon gifted the lead when Shrimpton didn’t get enough on his header back to Dawson from a long clearance. Dawson still looked favourite to reach the ball before the attacker, but inexplicably decided to retreat rather than advance (must be some French blood in him somewhere), allowing to steal in and slot home. Shortly afterwards came the seminal moment in the game – Chantler the victim of a horrific 2 footed, mid-rift high lunge from behind from Meads number 9. As clear a sending off as you could ever see, but unbelievably the ref did not administer the necessary punishment and it was a decision that would come back to haunt the Accies. 10 v 11 on a big pitch in that heat could well have seen a very different outcome. Seemingly spurred on by this injustice, the Accies raised there game and started to take control of the midfield – pushing the Mead’s central midfield paring further and further back. Accies should have had a penalty when Foster was cut down in the box and Jones fired a shot straight at the keeper when well placed. However, Meads hit back after a sloppy pass in the midfield from Carabine was fed through to the striker who punished Accies with a shot to the bottom corner which Dawson got his hand to but couldn’t keep out. 2-0 down at half time was slightly harsh on the Accies, though Accies needed to improve in keeping hold of the ball and adding composure to match their workrate. 

The second half saw an improved Accies display – putting a side who look likely to win the league again this season on the back foot for most of the following 45 minutes. Carabine in particular was enjoying himself against Meads’ left back who was suffering a torrid time. Pirrie headed in from a Hirst free kick after Jones had been brought down. The Accies were well on top and wave after wave of attack came from the Accies, but the final ball or shot just didn’t quite come off and at times was not quite of sufficient quality. With this pressure, Accies were always liable to a counter attack, particularly with the pace and quality of the Meads front line and from one such breakaway, the number 9 made the most of his reprieve from the red card by slotting the third, though it was another soft goal from the Accies point of view. Meads could have scored a couple more after that, and though the Accies kept battling, they were ultimately outdone by a combination of crucial decisions going against them, a lack of composure in front of goal and some clinical finishing from Meads. Not a bad performance from the Accies, who could and probably should have beaten the top placed team in the league. Accies MOM – Topping.

6ths Report from Jonathan Day

So, the league season which started in September in glorious sunshine with a disappointing defeat came full circle on Saturday and ended in glorious sunshine with a disappointing defeat...

James had decided that 25 degree record temperatures were suitable for nothing better than catching a cold, so couldn't play, saving his energy for the night out instead. Marcus was worried about the cold getting to him, so brought the longest pair of shorts in known history...

The rest of the 14 turned up at Beals on time in the sunshine, ready to go out with a bang.

Kicking off at 3pm in weather more suited for speedos than for polyester footy kit was always going to be hard work...and we made it harder. Throughout the season Jason has sweated for the team, and I suspect his new addition (congratulations again) has provided the tears...and within 60 seconds of kickoff, he added the blood. A swinging (accidental) arm from a Beal's midfielder, and there was more claret than a Burnley FC convention...

The ref's blowing for this foul after about 30 seconds was echoed 30 seconds later when he blew for another one. Then 30 seconds later, when he blew for another one. Then 30 seconds....(repeat about 180 times)...for another one. 

It wasn't the most free flowing game we'd had all season, and when a handball in the oppo's penalty box wasn't given, and a handball in our box was, it looked like it might not be our day. By that point, we were already one down, and with an excellently taken penalty, we were two down by half time.

However, we'd been in the same situation the previous game, and stormed back in the second half to win 3-2. That week is was the subs that made the difference, so this week it was all change at half time again, serge and Ian making way for Joe and Marcus, and Andy's stitch giving Adey chance to shine as well.

The performance improved massively in the second half and we created chance after chance, Jason hitting the post, Dan hitting the bar, and other chances going wide or at the keeper or just over people's heads. However, whereas the previous game we arguably deserved nothing, and got three points, this week we deserved something, and got nothing. It was an afternoon where we could have played an extra 45 minutes, and probably still wouldn't have scored.

As someone older and wiser than me once said, "Football, it's a funny old game". And they were right. As for going out with a bang, the football
hadn't provided that. The night out was yet to come though...


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