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

Competition League - Division One
Result Sandy 1st Team 2-3 AFC Kempston Town Reserves
Date Saturday 30 October 2010
Kick Off 2.30pm
Attendance10

Match Report

Sandy's struggles continued at Bedford Road as once again they were handed defeat by their visitors. This was despite playing some entertaining football throughout, however once again it was silly errors and missed chances that cost the home side a valuable three points in their battle move away from the foot of the table.

Starting the game in confident mood, Sandy were on the front foot early pushing and hurrying the opposition who tried to play football from the back. For the most part the home defence looked solid and comfortable, able to deal with any threat that Kempston could throw at them. Dean Hains was looking lively down the right side of midfield casuig a constant threat in behind the Kempston left back and it was his persistance that won Sandy a few corners. Ten minutes in and Sandy were sure that they had scored from one, as Hains drilled a ball to the back post, Charlie Seward connected with a goal bound header that was cleared off the line by a Kempston defender although the home side felt that it had crossed the line.

Sandy's pressure continued as they looked to take the lead, but they were caught with a sucker punch on twenty minutes as a hopeful long ball was hit in behind the Sandy defence allowing their forward to steal a march on the back four, round Mark Pallister in the Sandy goal and tuck the ball home. This was their first effort on goal in the game and their first attack of any note. Sandy upped the tempo looking for a way back into the game and finally started to play some flowing football. Charlie Sewards woes in front of goal continued when he headed wide from a Dean Hains cross, JJ Pekszyc shot wide from 18 yards after beating two defenders and Ian Hammett's goalscoring drought continued as both his shots on the turn where saved by the keeper and Hains shot over after some good work in the box.

Sandy did finally get level 5 minutes before the break as a Dean Hains corner was cleared to the edge of the box, where Chris Jennings connected with a shot that got through the crowded penalty box and into the bottom corner. This was no more than the home side had deserved and they went into half time with high hopes of getting a result. Half time 1 - 1

Again the second half started much like the first with the home side on top and Ian Hammett almost gave Sandy the lead as he capitilised on an error from the Kempston back line to get in the box, but his lobbed effort went just over the bar when he really should of scored. Sandy were pushing on and enjoying a sustained period of pressure but once again they were caught with a long ball and a defensive mix up, this time between Richard Seldon and Matt Evans. An Ian Hammett corner was caught by the Kempston keeper and then launched down field, breaking to their forward who slotted the ball home with ease.

Shortly after a third long ball again beat the defence and the forward somehow outjumped Mark Pallister to nod the ball past him and into the empty net. From being on top Sandy found themselves 3 -1 down against a side that had posed little if any threat through the afternoon purely down to lapses in concentration. Phil Beall apparently also blocked 2 goalbound shots, but this reporter can't remember them so i can't give further details. Kempston also hit the post, and then Pally made his only real save of the game from the rebound.

Sadny couldn't find a way through despite a succession of long throws and corners. However with ten minutes to go they did pull a goal back. Dean Hains was brought down on the edge of the box. Ian Hammett floated the free kick over the wall and a kempston defender headed the ball into his own net. This spurred the home team on and they poured forward. Dean Hains hit the bar with a cross shot from a free kick, and neither Mark Jennings or Tommy Simpson could tap the rebound home. Again the same three players were involved late on, but niether Simpson or Jennings could get on the end of the cross.

Frustratingly the home side couldn't get the equaliser and the game ended in a disappointing result. Manager Ian Hammett was left to contemplate the errors and poor finishing that had cost his side dearly. final score 2 -3. 

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (6)
2. Richard Seldon (6)
3. Shane Pope (6)
3. Matt Evans (6)
4. Charlie Seward (6)
4. Mark Jennings (6)
8. John-Joe Pekszyc (6)
9. Ian Hammett (6)
17. Phil Beall (6)

Subs:

11. Tommy Simpson (6)
20. Darren Gipson (6)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Own Goal

Assists:

1 x Ian Hammett

Man of the Match:

3. Shane Pope

 

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