Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Brache Sparta Community Reserves

Competition League - Division One
Result Sandy 1st Team 7-2 Brache Sparta Community Reserves
Date Saturday 02 October 2010
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

On the back of four straight league defeats Sandy finally got their season back on track with a resounding home win over visitors Brache Sparta Reserves. The home side knew that this was a must win game, as they were dangerously close to the foot of the table following a run of poor form, with only the visitors and Luton Old Boys below them. Manager Ian Hammett knew that a win would lift Sandy up the table should results go their way in the day's other matches.

Switching back to a 4-4-2 formation, Sandy looked to take the game to the opposition and within minutes they were ahead. Dean Hains delivered a corner into the middle that was nodded down by Mark Jennnings for Craig Baker to toe poke the ball home through the crowded penalty area. This was no more than they deserved, but where it should have acted as a catalyst for the home side to push on it seemed to cause them to falter in their play, allowing the visitors to gain a foothold in the match.

Sandy seemed to be panicking when the ball came into the area, lumping it forward at every opportunity and not playing the short passing football that they are usually so good at. Brache pressured the home side into mistakes and pushed them further and further back onto the edge of their area, threatening to equalise as Neville Allen used his height to casue no end of problems to the Sandy backline. Phil Beall and JJ Pekszyc did well at the heart of the defence to cope with Allen's physical presence, but Brache were winning a succession of corners. It was only a matter of time before they equalised and it was from a corner that they did. However it wasn't the aerial threat of Allen this time, as Brache mis hit a corner that was missed at the front post by Richard Seldon, and then bypassed two further Sandy players as a Brache player shot into the net past a stranded Mark Pallister.

The rest of the first half was a scrappy affair as a lack of quality from both sides meant that flowing football moves were few and far between. Dean Hains forced a splendid save out of the Brache keeper as he tipped a shot onto the bar, Mark Pallister was called into action a couple of times needing to make routine saves. Finally Sandy played a passing move that resulted in a goal, as Craig Baker found Dean Hains with a ball inside the left back, and Hains crossed perfectly for Tommy Simpson to head home with a little help from the keeper who dropped the ball into the net.

After a frustrating first half, Sandy came to life in the second to bury the visitors. The rout was started by Craig Baker who ran in from the left to latch onto an Ian Hammett flick on from a Mark Pallister kick to steer the ball confidently home from 15 yards out. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the visitors and soon after it was four as another long kick from Mark Pallister was flicked on by Mark Jennings to Tommy Simpson, who advanced on the keeper. Simpson tried to chip the advancing keeper, but at first it didn't look like it would beat him, until kindly for Simpson the keepers hands seemed to turn to clingfilm as he fumbled the ball over his head and into the net. It was no more than Simpson deserved as he had worked hard up front for the whole game.

Sandy threatened to add a fifth and almost did when Phil Beall rose high to head a Craig Baker corner against the bar, only to see the rebound hit Tommy Simpson on the back of the head and travel back towards goal. It was a close call as to whether it had crossed the line, but the ref ruled in favour of the away side. Phil Beall was not to be denied though as he scored with a spectacular strike shortly after. Mark Jennings pressured the Brache defence into a mistake and the ball fell to Beall whose left foot strike from 20 yards out flew past the keeper hitting the far post and into the net. At five one down Brache were given a consolation goal by the home side as Craig Baker gave the ball away on halfway when he should of played a through ball. The Brache midfielder played the ball through to what looked like an offside striker, however the linesmans flag didn't go up and the striker rounded Mark Pallister and shot into the far corner.

Pallister was called into action shortly after as he turned a Brache freekick round the post spectacularly with a save that was very much for the match of the day cameras. Mark Jennings then finally got the goal his afternoons work deserved as he once again robbed a Brache defender to shot left footed first time past the Brache keeper. It was only left to Tommy Simpson to complete his hat trick as a Dean Hains cross was handled in the box resulting in a penalty kick. Ian Hammett Sandy's regular spot kick taker stepped aside to allow Simpson the chance to complete and he duely did with an excellent spot kick.

Dean Hains could well of made it 8, but he fired over from eight yards out with his right foot when he should of used his left. The home side did have other chances to make the scoreline more flattering, and with more clinical finishing and some better passing they may well of done so. This result however should give them the confidence to push on as it has raised the home side to eighth in the table. Final score 7 - 2


Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (8)
2. Richard Seldon (8)
3. Shane Pope (8)
4. Mark Jennings (9)
8. John-Joe Pekszyc (8)
9. Ian Hammett (7)
11. Craig Baker (8)
11. Tommy Simpson (9)
17. Phil Beall (9)

Goal Scorers:

3 x Tommy Simpson
2 x Craig Baker
1 x Phil Beall
1 x Mark Jennings


3 x Mark Jennings
1 x Ian Hammett

Man of the Match:

11. Tommy Simpson


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