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aving missed numerous games over Christmas due to the poor weather, the


season re-started with an away fixture against Potten End, which ended 1-1. Although not the prettiest game to watch, it was a really hard fought and entertaining game. Abbots dominated from the start but went a


goal down to a long range effort. We rallied round at half time and Sean Meikle scored a spectacular effort to level the game. We could and maybe should have won the game having equalised, but squandered several decent chances and the game ended in what was probably a fair result. On Saturday we had an away cup game (the


Webster Cup) against Oxhey Wanderers who play in the League above us so this was always going to be a really tough game. However, we played superbly from start to finish and thrashed Oxhey 5-1. The whole team put in maximum effort from front to back and thoroughly deserved the result. Two goals from Sean Meikle before half time


made in 2 nil at the break, and took his tally to 6 for the season. An Oxhey penalty made it 2-1 but the result was never in doubt and further goals from Lee Davison, and Own Goal and a sensational bicycle kick from substitute Jack Horton sealed the result. Saturday 22 January saw Abbots face top of


the league Wellington Arms at Queen‘s School. This was a match that was always going to really


test how far Abbots had come since the start of the season and ultimately it was a great game to watch, sadly for the wrong reasons. Andy Smith gave Abbots the lead 15 minutes into the first half having chased down his original poor first touch having been put through by Lee Davison. Abbots continued to dominate and should have scored again but failed to find the back of the net. A very dubious penalty on the stroke of half


time was awarded to Wellington Arms which they dispatched, levelling the scores at the interval 1-1. From here on in, the match was ultimately


ruined by some atrocious refereeing. In his first ever match in charge, the referee never managed to get hold of the game, brandishing numerous bookings and giving Wellington another penalty for what was an even worse decision. At 2-1 down, Abbots pressed for what was a totally deserved equaliser and came as close as seeing an effort from Matt Tanner cleared off the line. The final score of 2-1 didn‘t reflect the way


Abbots controlled the game and outplayed the side who are top of the league, however manager Mark Smith and assistant Ian Butterfield spoke of their pride at the performance and how, if Abbots play like that week in week out, there will be few teams that will beat them. by Andy Smith


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