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2006-07 Results - November

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Saturday 25th November

Accies 1sts 7 (Gareth Jones 2, Rick Hirst 2, Dave Jenkin 2, Jon Houghton) Old Belgravians 1.

Parkfield vs Accies 2nds postponed.

Accies 3rds 1 (Mike Short) Old Parmiterians 0 (Gio Martelli).

Hale End Athletic vs Accies 4ths postponed.

Accies 5ths 1 (Thomas Lovell) Leyton County Old Boys 1.

Accies 6ths 1 (Tom Barlow) Enfield Old Grammarians 2.

1sts Match Report from Mark Dawson

In the London Old Boys Senior Cup Premier Division faced up-and-coming Old Belgravians. With a following wind Accies were 2-0 within fifteen minutes, the first a chip from an acute angle by Gareth Jones and the second following a marginal decision on a foul committed on Jon Houghton for a penalty, converted by Rick Hirst. Accies continued to press, with Dave Jenkin hitting a screamer from 35 yards, Jones adding a second via a tap-in and Hirst adding his second direct from a corner for a 5-0 lead.

Despite the scoreline, Belgravians wouldn’t fold and came back into the game in the second half, Martin Page forcing a save from Mark Dawson on a one-on-one just after the restart but Accies added two more through Jenkin and Houghton, who rounded the keeper. Referee Andy Oughton hobbled off to be replaced by assistant John McKenna. Belgravians continued to fight and got the goal they deserved in the last minutes as a cross was whipped in by Ed Jeremy and touched home by Alexis Karim.

Saturday 18th November

Accies 2nds 2 (Lysander Bryant, Alex Keast) Latymer Old Boys 1.

Parkfield 1 Accies 3rds 2 (Phil Stewart, Mike Short).

Accies 5ths 2 (James Liang, Thomas Lovell) Wood Green Old Boys 0 (Robert Butlin).

Old Edmontonians 7 Accies 6ths 2 (Ian Whittle, Ryan Harbi).

2nds Match Report from Danny Fewkes

Accies regrouped at Shenley in the absence of 2006-07 supremo Squire Walker, who was sampling the highlife at Hairball’s wedding. The squad of 13 was disrupted late on by a failed Saturday morning fitness test from Bernard, and continued ‘groin’ problems of Lovell, who we were delighted showed their willingness to help the cause by trekking along as supporter and an emergency sub respectively. Pre match preparations were also a little unsettled; the afternoon before by Mojo inviting all to watch him play guitar at Raymond’s Revue Bar…., but on the day mainly due to the Nugget providing poor quality information as to the kick-off time. To give some credit to the idle waster, he at least got the venue and opposition correct, however I would note that whilst ‘2 out of 3 ain’t bad’ is a both a wonderful line in a song and a fair enough comment for those running hectic lives, it is a little disappointing if those three tasks are the only constructive things you will ever achieve in your week…. Strolling out at 1.50, expecting a nice gentle stretch and warm up with plenty of time for nonsensical tactical overload before a 2.15 KO, I found the ref and opposition expecting a 2 o’clock start…. As it was (we had to prioritise and scrap the stretch and warm up), there was just enough time to praise the lads for their recent efforts and want more of the same; continue the morale building with a few of Walker’s key buzzwords that have been creeping in to the pre-match rituals; then bring them back down to earth by noting that in the absence of Crotty, the Chilean Jocko was the only player we had who could be relied on to trap a dead rat on a regular basis, we must be aware of our limitations, cut our cloth accordingly and play with power and passion etc etc etc

Against a Latymer Old Boys 1st team sitting alongside us in mid table, we were looking to build on the efforts of the past two games and started brightly soon cutting the visitors open to take an early lead. The Ginger Prince, well found from the back, slid a simple ball through the left channel to the advancing Alex Keast who took full advantage of a square back line to finish emphatically past the keeper. Accies continued to press, despite playing into the bright sun and breeze, and looked the more threatening as the game began to unfold, crossing dangerously from both flanks and with the Chilean Jocko buzzing around the last third. Latymer began to settle however, with a quality striker who led the line well, their most likely danger man. On 25 minutes they were back level. Having conceded a free kick some 30 yards out, Accies were punished by a direct strike. Harry Ramsden will acknowledge that he probably could have done more against a low drive out of the sun (which also bounced awkwardly in front of him), but can certainly take full credit for his part in bringing home the 3 points with a wonderful close range save late on. This setback created an initial period of consolidation for the Accies and a quiet 15 minutes for both sides ensued as we looked to hold parity until the break, and take advantage of the elements in the second period.

Accies upped their work rate and began to dominate territorially, but possibly lacked a little of the cunning provided in the midfield against Hale End and Isleworthians. We all sensed our pressure, including a succession of free kicks and corners would bring a goal, but admittedly weren’t really opening up the visitors or creating gilt edged chances. On 65 minutes the winner arrived, as utility man Bryant, doing a great job leading the line in the absence of Bernard, was found having been left a little too much space. He skipped past one challenge and finished emphatically into the bottom corner. This rallied the visitors to up their own game, and play became stretched. Bryant, exhausted from his hard effort, took leave for Lovell with 20 to go. Mojo’s lack of Sat morning action entailed that he was still able to run for more than 60 minutes, and his quick feet looked to have created a great chance to seal the win on 75 minutes, however his initial shot was not cleanly struck and the rebound dropped to Alex Keast who agonisingly failed to get decent connection and follow up last week’s brace with another. The visitors then almost self destructed as their keeper’s sliced clearance fell to Lovell, but alas he recovered to smother Maxy’s one on one effort with aplomb. With time now running down, Latymer continued to fight to the end, particularly creating a few minutes of pressure from long throws, and in the last play of the game were awarded an indirect free kick just outside the box. A clever delivery outfoxed our defensive line, presenting an onrushing player a wonderful opportunity to grab a point, fortunately King Harold saved the day with the previously mentioned great save. 

All in another great win against a decent side and there’s no doubt we’d have been bitterly disappointed not to take the 3 points; the main lessons being the need to kill off the game when the opportunities arrive, and avoid the bit of naivety shown in ceding some cheap possession late on. Good stuff though, can’t fault the effort and commitment shown by all on the day.

My personal MoM – Shaded from a few by the versatile Bryant, who capped his new role with a great debut Accies goal.

3rds Match Report from Steve Woodrow

I would like to report that the new look Accies 3rd team strode imperiously into the last 16 of the AFA Junior cup, but I can’t. It was much closer than it should have been, but we are in the hat nonetheless. On a pitch that was as far removed from the verdant lawns at our palatial home that you could get it was never going to be, as Squire Fat Boy Walker alluded to in October, something that doesn’t seem to bother your correspondent, pretty. It was a day for rolling up the sleeves and battling it out against a typical Parkfield side, for those that hadn’t met one before they knew after the game as the opposition didn’t disappoint, it proved to be an enjoyable physical encounter – something Mrs Walker doesn’t get very often these days.

This week we welcomed back into the fold Mr Groves as his Beauty Therapist course is now complete, I understand he can now spray tan himself at home, and after feeling the captain’s axe last week he was shown the bench (V – he is scared of you), he was joined on the bench by our roaming officer of the law Mr Wall. 

The toss won we decided to face the elements in the first half; as if battling the pitch wasn’t hard enough we had to cope with the wind and a very low, bright sun. The game started brightly and we created some very good chances and anything Parkfield could throw at us was dealt with by a very solid looking back 4 with Trav having his best game for the Accies by far. We paid for our profligacy though on 30 minutes when a long, hopeful punt up field by the Parkfield keeper was allowed to bounce and our normally strong hardman from North of the border was brushed aside by the centre forward (he will maintain he slipped) and the forward found himself with just the ageing clown in the gloves to beat which he did cleverly by shooting out of the low sun – no chance for yours truly. The sanctity of half time arrived with us only 1 goal to pull back which was considered a good position as they now had to cope with the elements. Changes were made with Precious Groves replacing the marauding Wanford and Wall replacing Chester (one mistake and you get the hook!!).

Within minutes of the restart we were on level terms with Phil Stewart following in a Richard King free kick and looping a shot over the advancing keeper. This was surely the invitation to go on and win the game? Alas not, for 25 minutes we then proceeded to bombard the Parkfield goal with a succession of corners but they stood firm thanks to their impressive keeper and a bit of luck. We allowed Parkfield back into the game for the final 20 minutes and it was only through our solid defending that we survived, that was until the final minute. With the referee obviously wanting to get home and not wanting the prospect of extra time he decided to intervene, with the forward clean through on goal and about to shoot ( I would have stopped it) Trav came in with what could only be described as a perfectly executed tackle whisking the ball away from the attacker. The referee decided otherwise and blew his whistle pointing to the spot, a very strange decision. Which, as all of those who know the correspondent will understand, was met with good grace and acceptance by myself and the whole team.

This was to be the final kick of the game, not even time for a restart the referee advised. The penalty spot had gone missing due to the state of the pitch so the referee paced it out and the ball placed, I would like to report now that what followed was a heroic save by your correspondent – but I can’t. It was scooped high and wide by the taker – perhaps he felt guilty for the award of the kick and was playing in true Corinthian spirit – but I doubt it!! 

Extra time was played as 10 minutes each way, with us going against the elements in the first period. After about 5 minutes of the restart we made a lovely passing move which resulted in Mike Short finding himself in front of an empty goal after an excellent pass by the impressive Foster (T) – this time there was no mistake and we took the lead. The next 15 minutes were a thorough examination of our team spirit and defensive skills which we stood up to, 2 clearances of the line by Matt Burchill warrant special mention. We are now in the last 16 and though the result was tight it was a deserved victory.

Sunday 12th November

Wood Green Old Boys 6 Accies Vets 2.

Saturday 11th November

Mill Hill Village 0 (Mark Dawson) Accies 1sts 2 (Mike Foster, og).

Accies 2nds 3 (Alex Keast 2, Andy Crotty) Old Isleworthians 2.

Old Aloysians 0 (Steve Woodrow) Accies 3rds 1 (Mike Short).

Enfield Old Grammarians 2 Accies 4ths 2 (Graham Whitworth, Alex Nekrasov).

Accies 5ths 2 (Thomas Lovell, James Liang) Mill Hill County Old Boys 3.

Accies 6ths 2 (Tom Barlow, Martyn Ford) Egbertians 6.

1sts Report from Steve Hair

Accies progressed to the next round of the AFA Senior Cup with a hard fought 2-0 win over a strong and committed Mill Hill Village. Accies started with an energy and quick tempo to their game, only to be let down with their passing. However, the Accies were gifted a goal in the opening minutes, when the Mill Hill full back placed a back pass too wide of the keeper, the ball rolling slowly into the empty net. Accies dominated the opening 40 minutes – the passing slowly improving and the movement off the ball causing Mill Hill difficulties. Hair, Gillard and Hirst were seeing plenty of the ball in the midfield and the back three had complete mastery of the Mill Hill forward line – the scoreline was only kept at 1-0 due to some tight offside decisions which kept the good movement of Jones and Vanson in check. Accies almost made it two when Topping headed against the bar and an almighty scramble ensued, during which time the ball hit a post and was cleared off the line, the Mill Hill keeper also making a couple of good saves. Mill Hill came back into the game a little in the last minutes of the first half, with the No 7 missing a good chance, and carried that good spell through into the second half, pushing the Accies onto the back foot for the next 15 to 20 mins. However, Dawson’s goal was rarely threatened save for a headed chance from a fee kick and the Accies began to assert themselves once more with some clever counter-attacking play. Further chances were missed, before a great run by Jenkin who released Foster galloping forward from the inside left channel. Foster’s chip over the keeper hit the bar, but Foster followed the rebound in to make the score 2-0 and a fairer reflection of the game. All in all a decent performance on a difficult pitch. MOM Pirrie.

Saturday 4th November

Accies 1sts 2 (Jon Houghton, Innis Pirrie) Old Dorkinians 0 (Mark Dawson).

Southgate County 0 Accies 2nds 0 (abandoned after 20 minutes not due to Accies action).

Old Parmiterians 1 Accies 3rds 1 (Gio Martelli).

Accies 4ths 6 (Andy Mackay 3, Graham Whitworth 2, Alex Nekrasov) Wood Green Old Boys 2.

Crouch End Vampires 4 Accies 5ths 3 (Dave Sigerson, Joe Quashie, Jateen Chohan).

Mill Hill County Old Boys 0 (Danny McConnell) Accies 6ths 2 (Marcus Whitmore, Ian Whittle)

1sts Report from Steve Hair

Accies struggled to break down a determine Old Dorkingians side in the LOB cup at Shenley. Despite being a perfect day for playing attractive, passing football, the Accies failed to make the most of their possession and territorial superiority, running out 2-0 winners. The Accies never really seemed to be at full concentration and looked heavy legged from the word go and, despite working themselves into several good positions, let themselves down with the final ball – too often crossing into the grateful hands of the OD’s keeper. Halfway through the first half came the break through, with Houghton showing good movement off the ball and the composure which only comes with being a man of his age to round the keeper and finish superbly. The second half followed the same pattern – Accies completely dominating play but failing to really test the OD’s keeper. Pirrie finished smartly from a corner to make the score 2-0 and Dawson did not have a save of note to make in the entire 90 minutes. Given the Accies have played much better this season and lost, it is a win we will take, but a vast improvement in attitude is needed for the AFA cup game next weekend. Accies MOM – Chantler.

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