Wednesday 13th May 2015 ko 18.30
Middlesex County League- Premier Division
HILLINGDON 4 (Altomare 34 Casey 51 Rose 63 Mohamed 71)
I suppose I should start by answering the obvious question, its London Post Office Sports and Social Association. The club plays at the London Post Office Association Club, close to Sudbury Hill Harrow railway station and Sudbury Hill tube station.
It’s another in what seems to be a long line of works sports ground I’m visiting during this season’s finale, but there was a first. Behind and at right-angles to the football pitch an American Football training session, and beyond that a cricket match was studiedly indifferent to both activities.
The cricket could easily have caused a little groundhopping O.C.D. worry. Like many sportgrounds, Finchampstead being one that springs to mind, the football pitch moves to accommodate the cricket. On this occasion our game was being held on the 2nd XI’s pitch, and I do wonder how many of the 20-or-so hoppers present quietly marked their cards for a revisit outside of the cricket season?
What made this occasion was what was potentially up for grabs. 28 games played, two games left, and LPOSSA were top, but with only goal difference separating them from Hillingdon (no relation of Hillingdon Borough). A point back but with only one game left were Interwood, hoping for a draw between these two. With LPOSSA’s goal difference being 23 goals better a LPOSSA win would virtually secure the title. However there was a statistic far more pertinent buried deep in the figures.
Hillingdon had taken 15 points from their last 5 games whilst LPOSSA’s form was stuttering; only 9 points gained. The game kicked off, and it was clear that the hosts’ confidence looked fragile. They controlled possession, but chances were wasted, and heads began to drop. Meanwhile Hillingdon soaked up the pressure, and once Frankie Altomare opened the scoring his team never looked back.
Me being me I didn’t read the programme until I got home and the manager’s notes seemed almost prophetic,
“It has been a long and hard season for the players… still in our hands to win the league… we all need to dig in.”
The nerves were obvious, the momentum had gone, and the away victory all the more understandable.
On Saturday LPOSSA host Cricklewood Wanderers, while Hillingdon visit Indian Gymkhana. On the evidence of this game, I certainly wouldn’t bet against Hillingdon.