2009-10 Results - January
Saturday 30th January
Centymca 0 (Gary Thorpe) Accies 1sts (Gareth Jones)
Accies 2nds 3 (Lloyd Vanson 2, Alex Nekrassov) Enfield Old Grammarians 2.
Hale End Athletic 2 Accies 3rds 2 (Andy Mackay, Chris Groves).
Old Kingsburians 0 Accies 6ths 9 (Ross Magdalani 4, Alistair Booton, Dave Groom, Dean Gormley, Dave Marchant)
Match Report from Danny McConnell
Back by popular request from Innis, or a shameless attempt to draw attention to my runout for the firsts. Take your pick.......
A snowy morning dawned in Saff Eest Lundun, with a bakers' dozen brave Accies trekking to the Central YMCA ground. Indignant responses had been received from Messrs Hirst ("don't travel on the South Circular") and Foster ("don't be late") for the 1pm KO. Come 1.30pm, and no sign of either, nor Eamon, passenger in the Hirst Dogging-mobile. Foster turned up shortly afterwards, attempting to claim that the nearest parking space to his house in Islington was Shenley, but come kickoff time, still no sign of Hirst and Rabie.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the Turtle was pressed into starting action, in a Theo Walcottish right wing/striker hybrid role. A ten minute cameo saw a potential concussion, and two minute lie down on the turf (which the cynical might interpret as time wasting, especially when Pirrie stood over me repeating "stay down") and then the somewhat bizarre sight of Eamo and Hirsty, both changed, stretching on the sideline despite only ten on the pitch, quickly resolved.
Now having increased the balance of numbers, if not talent level, Accies worked their way into the game, and soon looked the likelier to break the deadlock, forcing a number of good saves out of the Centymca keeper, in particular a sharp block on the edge(ish) of the area from Keiron Jennings, for which a handball was adjudged. With both sides looking to break the offside trap, it seemed a mistake was the most likely source of a goal, though Accies always looked likelier with Kirby and Morrow dominating midfield - Pirrie, Jones, Jennings and Dorrington all going close.
Halftime came with the game scoreless, and few clear chances, but Foster and Jennings looked dangerous on the break, and the Accies continued to impose themselves. With twenty minutes left, Centymca stepped up to catch Dorrington offside, but Gareth Jones broke instead, from an onside position (though anyone assuming Jonesy 20 yards clear had to be offside would be excused their error) and finished coolly. Accies were rampant now, Hirst and Jennings going close, and the Centymca keeper continuing to play well, but with five minutes to go, the clearest chance fell to Centymca, a free kick hitting the immobile upright (the post), hitting another immobile upright (Innis) back onto the first immobile upright (the post) and then being flopped on by a grateful Thorpe.
And that was that - the post match analysis saw Pirrie given Man of the Match, and a lament for the limp-wristed, injured Coates as Russ realised he had to collect the money. Accies go top of the league, surely an unchanged starting lineup next week is a must......
Saturday 23rd January
Old Suttonians 2 Accies 2nds 3 (Lloyd Vanson, Luke Bennett, Alex Nekrassov)
Egbertians 1 Accies 4ths 1 (Andy Mackay)
Accies 5ths 5 (Raj Mannick 2, Rupert Sanford-Scutt, Sameer Patel, Neil Sachdev) Parkfield 1.
Accies 6ths 2 (Ross Magdaleni 2) Bealonians 0.
Accies Vets 4 HAC 1.