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2008-09 Results - February

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Saturday 28th February

Old Aloysians 3 Accies 1sts 2 (Simon Carrasco, Gareth Jones).

Accies 2nds 1 (Adam Parsons) Old Tiffinians 3.

Accies 3rds 2 (Luke Bennett, Scott Atkinson) Hale End Athletic 2.

Globe Rangers 2 Accies 4ths 4 (Tom Lovell, Matt Howard, Matt Redman, og).

Accies 5ths 1 (Stu Richards) Old Parmiterians 0.

Accies 6ths 5 (Subomi Fapohunda 3, Mustafa Akindele, Gerry Mansey) Old Minchendenians 0 (Tim Collins).

Saturday 21st February

Old Minchendenians 4 Accies 1sts 5 (Rick Hirst 2, Lloyd Vanson, Dave Jenkin, Innis Pirrie).

Accies 2nds 0 Bealonians 4.

Accies 3rds 2 (Scott Atkinson 2) Old Aloysians 4.

Egbertians 1 Accies 4ths 3 (Tom Lovell 3).

Accies 5ths 0 Old Parmiterians 1.

4ths Match Report from Si Randall

Accies 4s were back to winning ways against Egbertian 4s on the north face of the Eiger in Walthamstow on 21st Feb. The result owed much to the return of Tom Lovell, whose calmness and eye for goal were just what was needed.

After a long break due to frozen pitches and so forth, a warm day on the vast prairie-like field was hard work, and the fitter side would always be favourites. As usual Accies worked hard in midfield to produce chances for themselves, but nobody but Lovell seemed interested in finishing them off. Midway through the first half he latched onto a defensive error and tucked it home from close range with all the rest of the Accies front six screaming for it at the far post.

With the Accies firmly on top, the home side were lucky to level terms with a speculative long-ranger, but the Accies regained their lead with a classic example of simple football reaping rewards. Matt played the ball into the channel for Si Randall; his square ball found its way to Lovell, who finished crisply. Matt has fit well into this side and is particularly useful when he drops behind the front man and provides the link with the midfield.

The pendulum could have swung back in this game when Egbertian won a free-kick on the edge of the box, but fortune smiled on the visitors. The ball richocheted off the bar, onto the line and into the box where the oppo striker was about to nod it in. Quick-thinking skipper Chris Coates removed the threat by booting the player in the face; the player went to hospital and the ball went over the bar from the resultant indirect free-kick.

The second half was characterised by everyone looking knackered, with few having the energy to cross the half-way line. When sufficient Accies had made it into the oppo box Matt Redman took a corner that was cleared to Mark Emmerson. His swift and accurate return ball was sent back into the box by the miniature maestro and Lovell applied the finish with his usual aplomb to earn the match ball.

All in all it was a pleasing return to the colours. The back four coped extremely well with their weakness, the ball over the top to the nippy forward, and Dave Jones and Paul Campbell provided their usual protection in front. Danny McConnell showed the value of a goalkeeper who comes for the ball and dominates his box, and he gave those in front of him confidence. Even Sam Samra, forcibly retired from the game by public demand last season, managed to go an entire 10 minutes on the pitch without conceding a penalty.

Saturday 14th February

Winchmore Hill 3 Accies 1sts 0.

Accies 2nds 3 (Gareth Jones 2, Lloyd Vanson) Sinjuns Grammarians 2.

Albanian vs Accies 3rds postponed.

Egbertians vs Accies 4ths postponed.

Accies 5ths 5 Old Woodhouseians 0.

Accies 6ths 2 (Neil Quinn, Subomi Fapohunda) Mill Hill Village 3.

Saturday 7th February

Winchmore Hill vs Accies 1sts postponed

Accies 2nds vs Sinjuns Grammarians postponed

Accies 3rds vs Old Kingsburians postponed

Accies 5ths vs Old Woodhouseians postponed

Leyton County vs Accies 6ths postponed

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