Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v AFC Kempston Town Reserves

Competition League - Division 1
Result Sandy 1st Team 7-0 AFC Kempston Town Reserves
Date Saturday 23 January 2010
Kick Off 2.00pm

Match Report

Sandy equalled their highest win of the season with an emphatic seven nil thrashing of AFC Kempston Town Reserves, and record their second league win on the bounce to secure a vital three points as they look to improve on the first half of their season.

It was an afternoon filled with goal mouth action and the score could have been so much more against a side that due to injuries finished the game with only 9 players on the pitch. Having arrived at Bedford road with only 11 players, Kempston were to lose two of them to injuries during the game which meant it was more of a case of how many Sandy would score rather than would they win.

That being said Sandy started the contest 11 v 11 and dominated from the outset. After five minutes they had the ball in the net only for it to be disallowed as Ian Hammett to had been caught offside in the build up. Niko Stanchev on his first appearance for the club since signing then tested the Kempston Keeper as a long ball from Mark Pallister evaded the defence, his first time volley though was well saved by the Kempston Custodian. 10 minutes in and Kempston lost there first player to injury, shortly after Sandy took the lead. Phil Beall took a free kick from the halfway line which he scuffed somewhat along the floor, but Chris Baines flicked the ball onto Sam James whose first time shot from 18 yards looped over the keeper and into the far corner.

Sandy then dominated for the rest of the half but failed to add to their lead, although they came close on several occasions. Phil Beall headed against the bar from a Sam James corner, and as the rebound fell to Chris Baines evryone thought 2 - 0, but the keeper managed to recover a tip Baines effort onto the bar again before the defence cleared it to safety. Baines who was then enjoying the space that was being afforded to him in the centre of the park found James with a cross field ball, only for James shot to fly wide. A Baines freekick from the right side then almost brought the elusive second, but Andrew Wren and Mark Jennings couldn't quite get to the ball to finish.  Hammett then latched onto a through ball from Sam James, but his volley from an angle was straight at the keeper. Dan Bailey had a good chance with 10 minutes left of the half, but he dragged his cross/shot wide after good work from Hammett and James found him free in the box.

Sandy were comfortable throughout the half, with both full backs rampaging forward at every opportunity. Richard Seldon on the right and Shane Pope on the left were giving the Kempston wingers a torrid time, and it was Pope who was to create the best opportunity of the half. He worked the ball well with Sam James down the left flank and his first time cross was on a plate for Ian Hammett. But Hammett's goalscoring woes were to continue as he headed wide with the goal at his mercy. Half time 1 - 0.

The biggest talking point of the game was to happen just after the halftime whistle as the referee sent substitute Craig Baker off before he even got on the pitch. As Baker returned the ball to the ref from the sideline he might have mentioned that the ref was an oompa loompa... which the the ref didn't take too kindly so sent him off. Thankfully it wasn't to affect the result in any way.

The second half was to see as much one way traffic as the first with Mark Pallister in the Sandy goal a relative spectator for long periods. Kempston though despite being down to nine men were working hard and whilst it was one nil you felt they could have a chance. However five minute into the half the game was as good as over. Chris Baines played a lovely diagonal ball into who cut inside his full back. The keeper rushed out to smother, but somehow the ball broke back to James and he rolled it into the empty net.

From this moment on the floodgates seemed to open for Sandy as Kempston began to tire. Daniel Bailey made it 3 - 0 on 65 minutes when the keeper could only parry a James shot across the goal, and Bailey was waiting at the back post for the simplest of tap ins. Then Chris Baines made it four on 70 minutes when Niko Stanchev crossed the ball for Baines to head in off the post. It was five shortly after as Baines who now seemed to be involved in everything found Charlie Seward free on the left hand side of the box, and he lifted the ball expertly over the keeper and into the far corner giving him no chance.

AFC Kempston Reserves were now a beaten team, but they still looked dangerous on the counter attack. They will feel that they should have done a little better in the last fifteen minutes as they created 2 or 3 good chances to score. Iain Alderson on for the injured Phil Beall managed to deflect one such chance wide after the Kempston player thought he had scored. However none of the other chances found the target and Pallister's activity was very much limited to goal kicks.

Sandy added two further goals late on, as Mark Jennings created an opening for Niko Stanchev to score on his debut, and then a fine individual effort from Sam James who completed his hat trick after beating two players to fire the ball home from the edge of the box again giving the keeper who had been outstanding for the whole afternoon little chance.

Sandy will hope that this is the real turning point of their season and will look to make it 3 league wins in a row when Kempston come to visit Bedford road next weekend. Final Score 7 - 0.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (8)
2. Richard Seldon (8)
3. Shane Pope (8)
4. Mark Jennings (8)
5. Andrew Wren (8)
8. Sam James (9)
9. Ian Hammett (7)
13. Niko Stanchev (8)
15. Daniel Bailey (8)
15. Chris Baines (8)
17. Phil Beall (8)


4. Charlie Seward (8)
11. Craig Baker (-)

Goal Scorers:

3 x Sam James
1 x Charlie Seward
1 x Niko Stanchev
1 x Chris Baines
1 x Daniel Bailey


3 x Chris Baines
1 x Sam James
1 x Mark Jennings
1 x Niko Stanchev

Man of the Match:

8. Sam James


11. Craig Baker


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