Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Caldecote Reserves

Competition League - Division One
Result Caldecote Reserves 1-3 Sandy 1st Team
Date Saturday 06 February 2010
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

Sandy managed to win their third game league game in a row for the first time this season with a strong performance against high flying Caldecote Reserves. Sandy were in good form going into this fixture having won 2 of their last three games, and Caldecote were struggling having not won on any of their last four outings. Usually form goes out the window in these local derbies but manager Daniel Bailey will be happy that this wasn’t the case today.


It was apparent that it was going to be a difficult afternoon for both teams as the pitch was heavy and had little grass covering it. The heavy rain during the week had ensured that football was not going to be easy.


The game stated scrappily as both sides struggled to settle on the surface. Caldecote seemed to adapt the better and started playing some nice passing moves, none of which came to fruition though as the Sandy defence stood strong. Phil Beall started the game particularly well as he kept Caldecote danger man Jack Boyd quiet, giving him little chance to break free. Sandy’s defence were also playing the offside trap well and caught Boyd several times early on. Goal mouth action was limited in the early exchanges and a Daniel Bailey shot which he dragged wide was the only real notable effort.


Despite the early Caldecote possession it was Sandy who were to take the lead. Charlie Seward drilled a corner to the back post where he found an unmarked Chris Baines. Baines volleyed the ball home with an unstoppable scissor kick that left the Caldecote keeper and the player on the post no chance. This goal really seemed to settle Sandy and they managed to string together some passing moves of their own. Baines was pulling the strings in the centre of midfield alongside Mark Jennings who was rampaging about the field breaking up all of Caldecote's play.


It was however to be Captain Richard Seldon who proved Sandy’s saviour as his last ditch clearance off the line kept the score at 1 – 0. Caldecote had broken through and looked like scoring, keeper Mark Pallister deflected the first effort which then fell to another Caldecote attacker. He must have thought he had scored with his first time shot, only to see the covering Seldon clear the ball.


Sandy punished Caldecote for this miss as thy made it two just before halftime. Mark Jennings knocked the ball down to Baines who floated a through ball towards Nico Stanchev. Stanchev used his strength t outmuscle the centre back, round the goalkeeper and coolly slot the ball home off the underside of the cross bar. Half time 2 – 0.


Sandy knew that Caldecote would start the second half strongly and immediately came under pressure from a succession of corners. Some stoic defending and strong confident goalkeeping however ensured that Sandy weathered the storm. Eight minutes in however their resistance was broken, as Sandy failed to pressure the Caldecote backline allowing them to play a long ball over the top for Boyd to run onto and calmly lob the onrushing Pallister.


Caldecote pushed on looking for that all important next goal, yet it was substitute Ian Hammett who scored it to restore Sandy’s two goal lead. Good play between Charlie Seward and Steve Jakes on the left wing released Jakes whose neat pass found Mark Jennings. Jennings burst into the box and passed one defender, he then played a lovely ball across the face of the goal, where Hammett was waiting to slide in and roll the ball home. This goal seemed to give Sandy the breathing space that they needed and they settled back into the game again. Manager Daniel Bailey had a chance to make it four, but he dragged his shot wide and then after good work from Hammett down the right Seward found the ball at his feet in the box, only to be crowded out by the recovering defenders.


The last 15 minutes saw Caldecote lay siege to Sandy’s penalty area, with a Rory Delap style bombardment of long throw after long throw. Sandy’s defence held firm as they cleared the danger time and time again. When called upon Mark Pallister stood strong in the Sandy goal and made a couple of good saves to keep the score at 3 – 1.


Sandy’s task wasn’t made any easier for the last six minutes when Andrew Wren went down with cramp in both legs. Keeper Mark Pallister was relieved to hear it was only cramp after saying that ‘I only threw the ball out because he went down screaming like a girl’. Wren was able to return to the action though, except he had to foray up front for the final minutes to keep him out the way.


Sandy managed to hold on for all three points that saw them rise to eighth place in the table. Manager Daniel Bailey will hope that his side continue this good run of form as they host second from bottom Stevington next week looking to avenge their earlier 5 -3 defeat by the visitors.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (8)
2. Richard Seldon (8)
4. Mark Jennings (8)
4. Charlie Seward (8)
5. Andrew Wren (8)
12. Steve Jakes (8)
13. Niko Stanchev (8)
15. Daniel Bailey (8)
15. Chris Baines (8)
17. Phil Beall (8)
87. Dave Smith (8)


9. Ian Hammett (8)
11. Craig Baker (7)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Niko Stanchev
1 x Chris Baines
1 x Ian Hammett


1 x Charlie Seward
1 x Chris Baines
1 x Mark Jennings

Man of the Match:

15. Chris Baines


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