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Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Elstow Abbey

Competition League - Division 1
Result Sandy 1st Team 3-1 Elstow Abbey
Date Saturday 14 September 2013
Kick Off 2.30pm
Attendance18

Match Report

Sandy welcomed 2nd placed Elstow to Bedford road hoping to leapfrog them in the table in the 3rd league game of the season. Ralph came into the team to replace the injured Gilly and Ian Jakes and Nathan Morris returned on the bench from last weeks 5-0 victory.

Sandy managed to delay the game slightly in order to have Juicy ready on the pitch from kick off. Elstow were much the same from last season albeit with the addition of a new striker "Junior" and new winger "Bruno". It was Sandy who took control of the game from the off as they followed Manager Barrys advise that they would need to work as hard as last week in order to get another win against better opposition. The game had a fierce tempo to it and even though Sandy were holding the ball better Elstow still looked very dangerous and it took some solid defending from the Sandy backline. McGhee and Grimmy continued in the centre of midfield and Beally made a solid partnership with this weeks centre back Ralph. The first goal was looking to be very important and it went to Sandy from a lobbed Burton through ball, timed to perfection Juicy peeled off his defender, brought the ball down as if his foot was magnetised and lofted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper who was in no mans land (take note Pally) a well deserved 1-0 lead. Sandy continued to battle all over the pitch with and without the ball and they were pinning Elstow into their own half, when Elstow did break out it was always through Bruno or Junior and there were some close calls for the Sandy defence but they were dealt with well and left Pally with little to do but collect overhit balls. Opportunities were coming more and more and one of the best moves of the half saw Jennings play the ball to Liam, who dummied the ball, it went through to Juicy who was only denied a 1 on 1 because of a foul on the edge of the area. Sandy finally showed their superiority as the ball was moved from right to left across Elstow penalty box, Shane had made a bursting run forward to collect the ball on the far left, he drilled it into Juicys feet, Juicy held off the defender superbly and rolled it to Mcghee just inside the area and he fizzed a left footed bolt into the bottom left corner. 2-0, again well deserved, Half time.

Barry warned against any lapses in concentration as it was still not over as a contest as Elstow certainly had quality to hurt them if they were allowed to. Although Sandy didn't start as well as they left off in the first 5 minutes, they still had that control and it started to look like they would be able to see out the game and possibly even add to the scoreline. With 25 minutes to go changes were made to both sides, Sandy brought on Burgess, Jakesy and Nathan and off came Ralph, Adam and Liam. Elstow moved one of their centre backs up front and also brought on a new winger who immediately tried to take on Beally but failed miserably as he dribbled the ball off the pitch for a Sandy goalkick. Jennings moved to centre back again and Burton dropped to right back just as they did last week. Elstow did now look slightly more dangerous, with the hairiest moment for Sandy caming in the form of an Elstow corner, which was played to the far post and it was met by a header that crashed onto the crossbar, (Pally claimed to have gotten a touch?) the ball pinged to the middle of the area and Beally had the ball on his knee as he tried to move the ball so that he could kick it away, which he only just about managed, squeeky bum time. Another key moment was a back post header from Junior which Pally amazingly turned round the post, however his save was irrelevant as Colin had put his flag up for offiside (which Colin later admitted he had gotten wrong!).

There were many opportunities for Sandy to increase their lead too but nothing of note happened apart from a couple of decent saves from the Elstow goalkeeper. As hard as Sandy tried they weren't able to come away with a consecutive clean sheet as the Elstow centre forward/centre back got inbetween Jennings and Shane, took the ball down and lofted it past the onrushing Pally in a similar fashion to Sandys first goal. Sandy did begin to drop deeper and deeper as they tried to hold onto their lead, Elstow were finally getting some dominance in Sandys half as they tried to push on and equalise. It was in fact Sandy though who scored the final goal of the game with minutes left, as Elstow were pushing forwards, Tommy McGhee intercepted the ball and played a marvellous ball over the Elstow back line which Juicy had all the time in the world to bring down, he got into the area and played the ball across to Nathan, who again had all the time in the world, and when it looked like the chance had been wasted, Nathan finally took his shot with the goalkeeper now clueless as to where the ball was going to go. 3-1 and that was the last piece of decent action.

Sandy are now 2nd in the league and are looking very strong but the hard work must continue.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (1)
3. Ryan Gregory (1)
3. Shane Pope (1)
4. Mark Jennings (1)
8. Tom Mcghee (1)
8. Adam Grimshaw (1)
9. Liam Brophy (1)
11. Tom Burton (1)
15. Paul Chamberlain (1)
17. Phil Beall (1)
19. Ralph (1)

Subs:

7. Ryan Burgess (1)
13. Nathan Morris (1)
18. Ian Jakes (1)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Nathan Morris
1 x Tom Mcghee
1 x Paul Chamberlain

Assists:

2 x Paul Chamberlain
1 x Tom Burton

 

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