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2007-08 Results - September

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Saturday 29th September

Accies 1sts 3 (Mike Foster, Tim Cordell, Lloyd Vanson) Bealonians 1.

Albanian 1 Accies 2nds 1 (Kieron Jennings).

Accies 3rds 9 or 10 (Jonathan Taylor 5, Phil Stewart 3, Stu Bannister, Fabrice Bocquet) Old Camdenians 0 (Fabrice Bocquet).

Accies 4ths 3 (Tom Lovell 2, Phil Wash) Mill Hill Village 4.

Old Minchendenians 4 Accies 5ths 2 (Bob Woad 2).

Accies 6ths 0 Old Parmiterians 1.

5ths Match Report from Bob Woad

The 5ths turned up for their first game of the 2007/2008 campaign buoyed by a comfortable 3-0 win over Leyton County OB the previous week. A flat, wide, even pitch and a pleasant sunny afternoon boded well for this opening tie against a team they had easily beaten 5-0 in the corresponding fixture last season. As the 5ths lined in confident mood a large lump of dog poo near the penalty area seemed the main cause for concern. 

At half time and 3-0 down the issue of the dog poo had paled by comparison. Minchendenians clearly had the better of the first half. Their first goal was a vicious long range effort which rookie keeper Kalpesh did well to get a hand to but could only push into the roof of the net . The second came direct from a free kick on the edge of the Accies area awarded after a harsh handball decision . A shot of pinpoint accuracy bypassed the Accies wall and rifled into the bottom corner despite keeper Kaplesh managing to get a fingertip to it. On the other hand Minchendenians third came from a bizarre defensive mix up, with three Accies players appearing to draw lots for the honour of clearing the ball as a Minchendenian forward poked it home. The 5ths, although having spells of some nice passing play, failed to create many clear cut openings with Jat Chohan having the best effort with a glancing header that the Minchendenians keeper did well to tip over. 

The Accies were clearly struggling and so a swift half time reorganisation moved James Liang up into right midfield . The effect was instantaneous with the 5ths pressing Minchendenians back into their own half from the start of the second period and looking far more dangerous an outfit. However, another defensive lapse following a Minchendenian quick break put the 5ths four down. An innocuous cross from the right and lack of concentration in defence led to another tap in. After the restart the 5ths refused to conceed and kept up the pressure determined to restore some pride, but despite good build up play the final ball was always lacking. Then at last the 5ths got the reward that their endeavours deserved when your correspondent, who frankly had done bugger all up to that point, latched onto a cross from Jat Chohan, engaged his uncanny sense for goal, and hooked the ball into the far corner from a tight angle. Further Accies pressure brought greater reward after this reporter angled a shot over the advancing Minchendenians keeper into the top of the net. With ten minutes to go it looked like an unlikely recovery might be on the cards but these hopes were quickly dashed when Joe Quasie limped off with a pulled hamstring leaving the Accies down to 10 men. In the end it was too much and the game ended with the 5ths rueing a loss to a team they could and perhaps should have beaten.

Saturday 22nd September

Old Meadonians 1 Accies 1sts 2 (Greg Blake, Innis Pirrie)

Accies 2nds 4 (Kieron Jennings 3, Adam Parsons) Old Salvatorians 1 (Nick Sheppard 2 for 2 closing).

Old Ignatians 1 Accies 3rds 4 (Max Lovell, Paul Thomas, Phil Stewart, og).

Accies 4ths 1 (Andy Burt) Egbertians 1.

Accies 5ths 3 Leyton County Old Boys 0 (friendly).

Bealonians 3 Accies 6ths 0.

1sts Match Report from the Non League Paper

In the AFC Premier Division, UCL Academicals travelled to Old Meadonians having failed to beat them in seven years. Accies opened the scoring after twenty minutes as Rick Hirst crossed from the right for Greg Blake to smash home on the volley from fifteen yards, but their joy was short lived when a run from Leon Smith was only halted by Dan Chantler’s foul in the penalty area. Ally McCombe converted the penalty to level the scores. The best remaining chance in the first half fell to Lloyd Vanson, but he was thwarted by Meadonians Kris Sayers. 

The second half was fairly even, with Meadonians restricted to shooting from distance, rarely troubling Mark Dawson, and after 70 minutes a whipped corner fell to Accies captain Innis Pirrie who bundled the ball home from close range. Meads pressed, and with a minute to go, Kevin Quinn had a golden chance from ten yards out, but blazed over the bar as Accies held on for a 2-1 and the points.

2nds Match Report from Adam Parsons

The Accies 2s started their league campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Salvatorian’s 2s who were relegated from Senior 2 last season. Again the Accies started brightly, shaping up well in midfield and stringing passes together. It did not take long for the first goal to come. Parsons, knowing Jennings would be on the shoulder of the last defender, picked the ball up on the left side of midfield and played a clipped ball over the top of a square and slow defence for Jennings to scamper on to and slide passed the keeper.

A slight blip meant that the Accies conceded next after Burchill was turned, then so too was Shrimpo done for pace, before the Salvatorian’s winger smashed in at the near post from an acute angle. An excellently taken goal but if three mistakes were reduced to two it could easily have been dealt with. Fortunately, it was the last piece of poor defending for the rest of the ninety minutes as Shrimpton commanded the back four with authority, Lohan winning every ball and Morris and Burchill hardly tested.

The Accies stepped up their performance, Samann, Vaughan and Keast in particular winning every first and second ball and causing more problems with quick, simple passes. It was not long before the second came as Jennings, a constant threat, rounded the keeper to make it 2-1 after Bryant had cleverly turned and played a delightful ball over the top of that flat defence again. Similar plays could and perhaps should have wrapped up the game by half time but Jennings was amongst those guilty of not converting. Roberts replaced Bryant just before half time as the stand-in striker struggled with a recurring back problem.

Into the second half and more of the same was called for. The Accies continued to create chances through excellent work across the midfield but could not capitalise, Jennings and Parsons guilty of missing glorious opportunities to put the game beyond doubt. The latter fluffing his lines when the juggernaut Roberts was much better placed to score – yes, ok, into an unguarded net. With half an hour left Stainsby and Sheppard replaced Samann and Morris respectively. Fifteen minutes later the game was over as the Accies continued to pile on the pressure, Stainsby in particular wreaking havoc down the Accies right side and it was not long before Jennings sealed his hat-trick with a tap-in from six yards after good work and interchange between Stainsby and Roberts. A great team move from back to front and across the opponent’s penalty area meant Parsons got his goal – a scuffed left-foot effort catching the keeper off-guard with it’s perplexing lack of power.

Salvatorian’s, in a ten minute spell after half time, came into the match and only an excellent one-on-one save by new keeper Garcia de Sola (admit it, you all want a name like that) kept the Accies in the lead.

Fifteen minutes to go and the Accies were coasting, 4-1 up and rarely troubled. At least until a relatively routine ball over the top caught the Accies defence out and the Salvatorian striker was in the clear. Garcia de Sola tried to rescue the situation but a moment of madness (a term used too often with keepers) resulted in a red card after he misjudged the bounce of the ball and deliberately handled outside of the area. A slight reshuffle meant that Sheppard, last week’s penalty hero, ended up in goal and may have earned himself a shout to replace Garcia de Sola during his suspension with another reliable performance in goal.

The Accies kept the ball brilliantly for the remaining minutes and still looked the more likely to score with Jennings and Stainsby in form and Keast covering over 15km during the match (Opta-estimated statistics). Good performances from all 14 players, leaving the captain feeling in a much more buoyant mood than after last week – probably because he missed a penalty.

Sunday 16th September

Broxbourne Vets 5 Accies Vets 1.

Saturday 15th September

Accies 1sts 1 (Lloyd Vanson) Albanian 4.

Accies 2nds 3 (Phil Morris, Ian Roberts, Max Lovell) Alexandra Park 3 (aet), Accies won 5-4 on penalties.

2nds Match Report from Adam Parsons

The season started in earnest for the 2’s with an AFA Intermediate Cup tie with a gruelling, sometimes fortunate but ultimately deserved win after 120 minutes and penalties in energy-sapping heat against Alexandra Park 2’s at Shenley. Despite the fact that it was against a poorer team than the 2’s can expect from their usual league opponents there were positives to take from the game, the main one being a win, of course. But the depleted team, that saw seven new faces from last season’s squad, decimated the opposition when they showed the confidence to play football and battled well, showing good mental strength in extra time and penalties when lesser teams may have folded.

As in their last warm-up game the Accies started brightly and capitalised on some poor defending and worse goalkeeping to go two-nil up inside fifteen minutes. Lovell scoring with a left-foot drive that the keeper got a hand too but could not prevent creeping into the bottom right corner of the net – Lovell being sent clear after a strong header won by Keast. Roberts headed over the line from close-range following a flick-on from Parsons. However, as in last week’s game the Accies took their foot off the pedal and it was the turn of Alexandra Park to punish sloppy defending to equalise during the first half. The Accies made it difficult for themselves against weaker opposition but still should have gone into the break with a lead after a couple of gilt-edged chances were wasted. To further complicate things the Accies lost their keeper towards the end of the half leaving Bernard to don the gloves for the rest of the game.

Into the second half and the Accies started better, putting some good moves together that were let down in the final third until Parsons managed a pull-back from the left channel finding a marauding Morris on the edge of the area. The right-back, supposedly tired and yet able to make the fifty-yard dash upfield, took a touch and then slotted the ball away. From there it should have been the Accies that dominated the game but Alexandra Park were the stronger force and got their equaliser, breaking down the Accies right to put the ball passed Bernard and into the bottom corner.

Both teams tired in the latter stages and neither made much of an impression during extra time, leaving the fate of the game to be decided on penalties. As Bernard had injured his groin in taking goal kicks Sheppard, who had slotted back into an old partnership with Lohan at the heart of the defence, was given the opportunity to become a hero. Fortunately, and to the relief of his captain, he grasped with both hands. The Accies won what should have been a tense finale, but the comical sight of Sheppard’s shaggy hair and star-jumping antics took the edge off it. Scorers of the penalties for the Accies were Lovell, Roberts, Lohan and Morris.

 

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