Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Caldecote Res

Competition Cup - East Beds Charity Cup Quarter Final
Result Sandy 1st Team 1-1 Caldecote Res
Sandy 1st Team lost 3-4 on penalties
Date Monday 06 September 2010
Kick Off 6.30pm

Match Report

It was to be a case of deja vu at Bedford Road in the East Beds Charity Cup Q/F as for the second year running Caldecote Reserves beat Sandy on penalties. It was tough on the home side who performed well throughout as one mistake let the visitors back into game and robbed Sandy of a well deserved victory.

It was the visitors that started the better, spraying the ball around nicely on the large Bedford Road pitch and putting Sandy under immediate pressure. Phil Cooper started the game well, standing in for Mark Pallister who was still on a stag weekend. Cooper made a couple of smart saves from close range, punching one shot over the bar and tipping another round the post. Caldecote then should have been 1-0 up, but their midfielder shot over from 3 yards out following another corner.

Sandy started to get into the game and get to grips with the five man midfield. They created a couple of chances, the best coming after good work from Brad Smith down the left, whose cross was met by Ian Hammett, who could only head wide. Smith then had a headed chance himself after Matt Evans crossed from the right flank, but his header was straight at the keeper. Caldecote were enjoying the lions share of possession, but were failing to create any major opportunities and were limited to long range efforts that didn't trouble Cooper in the Sandy goal. Matt Gedney was having a solid game at right back as the reserve team captain made his first start for the first team, fitting in nicely to replace First team captain Richard Seldon.

Sandy took the lead 3 minutes before half time as Matt Evans released Ian Hammett down the left flank. Hammetts pace took him away from the defence and his square ball found Craig Baker in the box. Baker's first effort was blocked, but the ball fell back to him and he made no mistake with the second opportunity firing the ball home powerfully. It was no less than the home side deserved as they had defended stoically for 30 minutes.

The second half started in much the same vain as the first, with the visitors enjoying large amounts of possession, but the home side shutting out every attack. Sandy worked hard to prevent Caldecote creating anything and looked dangerous on the break with their pace. Hammett had a curling effort saved comfortably by the keeper and Craig Baker headed just wide from a Hammett cross whilst under pressure.

The second goal seemed to elude the home side, until they were cruelly robbed of it with twenty minutes to play. Matt Evans took a long throw that was flicked on at the near post, the flick fell to Hammett who unmarked at the back post swept the ball home first time. As Sandy celebrated, the linesman raised his flag indicating offside and the ref ruled out the goal. The home side were fuming and 5 minute later they were punished further, as Phil Cooper made an error, dropping a cross at the feet of a Caldecote forward who then poked the ball home to equalise. It had been an error free performance for Sandy until then, but they lifted themselves and tried to push for the equaliser, however they couldn't quite find the break through and the game went to the dreaded penalty shoot out.

Caldecote scored their first penalty, only for the home side to see Craig Baker crash his penalty against the bar. Caldecote then made it 2-0, before Matt Evans copied Baker and hit the bar with his penalty. Caldecote then missed giving Sandy a lifeline, which Brad Smith coolly took sending the keeper the wrong way. Caldecote restored their two goal advantage, before John Joe Pekszyc stepped up to reduce the deficit once again. Caldecote then missed their fifth penalty, meaning that Ian Hammett could take the game to sudden death with his penalty. Hammett scored levelling the shootout at 3-3. Caldecote then scored, before Mark Jennings stepped up. Jennings has had much penalty heart break recently and today was to be no different as the keeper got a strong hand to Jennings shot, and managed to divert it onto the bar and away. Caldecote the defending champs advanced in the competition, and Sandy were left to rue what could have been on the night.  

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

3. Shane Pope (7)
3. Matt Evans (7)
4. Mark Jennings (7)
5. Brad Smith (7)
8. John-Joe Pekszyc (8)
9. Ian Hammett (7)
11. Craig Baker (7)
17. Phil Beall (8)


2. Richard Seldon (7)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Craig Baker


1 x Ian Hammett


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