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2006-07 Results - December

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Saturday 16th December

Old Aloysians 1 Accies 1sts 2 (Neil Gillard, Dave Jenkin).

Southgate vs Accies 2nds postponed.

Accies 3rds 1 (Scott Atkinson) Old Aloysians 1.

Accies 4ths 2 (Phil Harden, Matt Redman) Old Camdenians 2.

London Hospital Old Boys vs Accies 5ths postponed.

1sts Report from Steve Hair

Accies ended the year on a high with a hard fought 2-1 win over Old Aloysians. The Accies were finally able to field a squad of 14 players, which proved to be crucial as legs (on both sides) tired towards the end of the game. 

The Accies were forced onto the back foot for the first 15 minutes or so, with Aloysians making good use of the slight slope, but without really testing Dawson in the Accies’ goal. Pirrie, Chantler and Shrimpton were all outstanding at the back in repelling the attacks. Accies soon got a foothold in the game, with some quality passing from Vaughan and with Vanson and Jones finding their feet. Several good passing movements resulted in some decent chances, which were either wasted, or well saved by the Aloysians keeper. 

Half-time came with the score at 0-0, but the Accies had reason to be cheerful, having shaded the first half and knowing that the slope would be to their advantage in the second period. It took only 2 minutes for the advantage to tell, Gillard (putting his first 2 “touches” of the second half behind him) ghosted into space in the box from a corner and converted from 6 yards with a Karate Kid impression. The Accies continued to push forward and looked as though they could score several more – particularly from corners, where Hirst’s quality dead ball delivery was causing havoc in the Aloysians penalty area. Aloysians came back into the game like the good side they are, scoring with a soft goal from the Accies point of view, and then creating a couple of other decent chances as Accies started to get a little nervous. However, Accies managed to put the nerves aside, with substitutes Jenkin and Carabine combining well up front. Jenkin was up ended in the penalty area, but the referee declined to give one of the most obvious penalties you could wish to see. Jenkin ensured some justice was done with a fine finish from the edge of the box after good work from Carabine, with only seconds remaining in the game. 

Accies should take heart from a good performance and a good win against a side who will no doubt do well in the league this year (as will we if we can build some confidence) – hopefully the new year will see some improvement in our luck with injuries too. Thanks should go to Aloysians for a competitive game played largely in good spirit and for their excellent hospitality afterwards (once Nugget had finally managed to locate the place for us!).

3rds Report from Steve Woodrow

The Accies 3rd team entered the winter break on the back of what Mrs Walker has become accustomed to over the years, a lacklustre, disappointing, limp performance. The positives that could be gleaned from the detritus on offer were that it was a nice sunny day, we didn’t lose and we know we are much better than the performance we gave. It was a typical pre Christmas post Christmas parties game with far too many of us suffering from the after affects of over indulgence, the ball was like a hot potato for both sides with neither wanting to keep it. In the bar after the game we considered the Optica stats for passes completed during the game and 3% was the figure agreed upon – though I seriously doubt it was even that high.

The game, as you can gather from my gist, was forgettable in the main, bar a smart finish from Atkinson to equalise a soft opener from the visitors – note to Walker and Pirrie – there was no clang from your correspondent. I apologise for repetition here, the positive was that we didn’t lose and therefore ended the year in 2nd place in the league and in the last 16 of both cups so it’s not all bad. Let’s hope we don’t suffer from the Accies curse of the post Christmas shocker in the first game back as that would see our AFA Cup interests curtailed. A very Happy Christmas to all our readers. 

Saturday 9th December

Alexandra Park 1 Accies 1sts 3 (Lloyd Vanson 2, Jon Houghton).

Old Isleworthians 2 Accies 2nds 5 (Nat Keast 2, Alex Keast, Paul Bernard, Simon Vaughan).

Accies 3rds 4 (Mike Short 2, Terry Foster, Scott Atkinson) Old Challoners 2.

Accies 4ths 0 William Fitt 4.

Accies 6ths 5 (Jason Ingel 2, Roy Okec, Dan Bennett, Ryan Harbi) Old Camdenians 1.

1sts Report from Steve Hair

The 1st team advanced to the next round of the AFA Senior Cup with a 3-1 win over a young Alexandra Park side. On a perfect day for good football, the Accies struggled to get any real pace to their game. Starting with a new look 4-3-3 formation, the Accies were always in control of the game, but the energy levels were low and, in the first half, the passing was sloppy at best. The Accies went in front through Vanson, finishing off a fine team move with a straightforward finish from inside the 6 yard box. However, the visitors saw plenty of the ball and had some decent interplay, without ever troubling the Accies in the final third of the pitch. The Accies should have gone into half time 2-0 up, only a late linesman’s flag denying Houghton after good build up work between Jones and Hair. 

Accies performed better in the second half, but still without ever hitting top gear. In truth, they should have scored 7 or 8 – Jones, Vaughan and Gillard all hitting the woodwork and several other good chances going begging, but, after Houghton had made it 2-0, AP briefly threatened to take the game into extra time by scoring against the run of play, before Vanson sealed victory with his second. An improvement will be needed from the Accies on their return to league action this weekend.

Saturday 2nd December

Alexandra Park vs Accies 1sts postponed.

Southgate County vs Accies 2nds postponed.

Wood Green Old Boys 2 Accies 3rds 3 (Chris Groves, Stu Bannister, Phil Stewart).

Accies 4ths vs Old Buckwellians postponed.

Accies 5ths 0 Albanian 1.

Accies 6ths 0 Old Edmontonians 2.

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