Venue: Mabley Green AstroTurf
2017/18 Season – Match 5
Date: Wednesday 19th July 2017 7.30pm KO
Hackney Wick : Yellow Shirts, Red Shorts, Black Socks
AC London : Dark Blue & Turquoise Blue Shirts, Dark Blue Shorts, Turquoise Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a pleasant evening in Hackney, Essex Senior League newcomers Hackney Wick took on AC London at Mabley Green in another pre-season encounter. Although this match was slightly unusual, given that the match was composed of four ‘quarters’ totalling 115 minutes.
In the first ‘quarter’ the Wickers started the stronger of the two sides, having a shot over the bar after just four minutes. With 9’ on the watch, Hackney took the lead through a close-range strike making it past the AC London ‘keeper. Seven minutes later, AC levelled with what can only be described as a ‘freakish’ goal, with an AC forward looping a shot towards goal, swirling up in the air and was adjudged to have sneaked over the line, into the net. No criticism of the referee here, at the end of the day he has to make the decision and fair play to him.
This buoyed the visitors and with the end of ‘quarter’ (Q) 1 approaching, the AC forward had a strike from a narrow angle parried by the Wickers ‘keeper for a corner.
End of Q1: Hackney Wick 1 – 1 AC London
The second ‘quarter’ began with multiple substitutions for both sides, with it becoming apparent that the Wickers were using pretty much a ‘double squad’ ie. giving pretty much two XI’s a run-out in this match. The home side looked decent going forward, though in defence they looked nervous and a bit slack. AC London seized on this, pushing forward around the 40-minute mark and winning a corner after the ‘keeper parried a goal-bound effort. From the corner, AC took the lead for the first time with a close-range effort.
Wick didn’t take long to respond though; just two minutes later they levelled with a free-kick from the right side of the 18-yard line. AC once again responded though as we got to ‘half-time’, they couldn’t convert the chances they had to get past the Wickers ‘stopper.
End of Q2: Hackney Wick 2 – 2 AC London
The third ‘quarter’ was fairly low-key as Wick pushed forward, managing to find their rhythm as the ‘quarter’ went on. Mid-way through Q3, Wick once again took the lead through a tap-in from close-range in a case of ‘Right place, right time’ for the Wickers forward. The visitors nearly levelled with five minutes of Q3 to go, as a 25-yard free-kick crashed against the bar. Wick responded just moments later with a curling effort which nestled into the right-corner past the AC ‘stopper.
End of Q3: Hackney Wick 4 – 2 AC London
In the slightly reduced Q4, there were signs that both sides were tiring, though Wick extended their advantage with ten minutes left as the Wickers forward made a good darting run down the middle and slotted home past the ‘keeper well. With moments remaining, another AC free-kick was fired in from 30-yards out, only to fizz just wide, good strike it was too. Soon afterward, the Wickers won a penalty which was duly converted to get six on the board.
All in all, a good win for Wick though there were nervous moments against a spirited AC London side, who have risen up the ranks from being an amateur side. Best wishes to both sides for the coming season.
Full-Time: Hackney Wick 6 – 2 AC London