Academicals benefit from Old Mead's bad form
Amateur Football Combination Premier Division - Old Meadonians 1 U.C.L. Academicals 1
Coming off the back of the psychological blow dealt by their defeat in the semi-final of the A.F.A. Senior Cup last week Old Meadonians failed to raise their game against a poor U.C.L. side at Riverside Lands on Saturday.
Meads were a shadow of their real selves and a lack lustre performance allowed the Accies to wriggle off the hook and depart with the only league point they have won off the champions in four seasons.
The more worrying is the continuing goal drought as, despite a continuous supply of the ball, strikers Colin Hawkins and Ed Glover struggle to find the rhythm which saw them top forty goal between them last season.
Mid-fielder Ryan Russell caught the eye, getting in on the overlap and putting in a stream of crosses from the right but to no avail. When Meads eventually took the lead on sixty minutes it was predictably not from open play but direct from a Hawkins corner.
Accies’ equaliser came from the spot ten minutes later when the distant referee judged that a shot which hit Dwayne Rhone on the line and brushed his arm as it flew round the post was a deliberate handball and merited a sending off.
It was ironic that the ten men still had the better of exchanges with Pete Lovell shaving a post and Alex Hugh Jones heading just over.
March 21, 2006