Old Mead's Retain Unbeaten Record
Amateur Football Alliance Premier Division - Latymer Old Boys 1 Old Meadonians 5
The significance of this game was its importance in establishing the supremacy of Old Meadonians as the only senior first team in the Amateur Football Alliance to remain unbeaten in open play this season.
They have now only lost in the semi-final of the A.F.A. Senior Cup on penalties and that after their keeper Kris Sayers had been so badly injured that he was subsequently on crutches for six weeks and consequently impotent for the shoot out.
Despite the fact that they had comfortably beaten relegated Latymer Old Boys the week before, conditions at London Colney were bound to add an element of doubt to the equation on Saturday. As it was Latymer also refused to go quietly and had a fair share of exchanges in the first half and, at half time, Meads had a lead of just one thanks to Albert Adomah’s strike fifteen minutes after the start.
The insertion of skipper Jack Costello ten minutes after the interval injected the necessary urgency and five minutes later it was his ripping drive from fifteen yards that set up a storming finale to Meads’ campaign. From then on they swarmed over Latymer and only over eagerness in front of goal prevented them from repeating the massacre of last week. Ed Glover’s clever dummy left Adomah clear on the right to slot the third and in answer to Latymer’s deserved consolation Kevin Quinn headed in Costello’s free kick at the far post. Adomah brought his season’s tally to twenty seven, crashing the fifth with five minutes to go.
This season Meads have used over thirty players, a situation dictated by injuries to six squad members which led to their collective absence from over sixty games. Following their extended runs in three cups, two of which they won, the daunting league run in they were left with was met by a blistering goal scoring display adding over thirty to their goals for total in six games.
May 23, 2006