Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Embankment FC

Competition Friendly - Pre Season Friendly
Result Sandy 1st Team 4-1 Embankment FC
Date Monday 16 August 2010
Kick Off 6.30pm

Match Report

Sandy made it two wins in a row, with a convincing victory against Sunday side Embankment FC at Bedford Road. The home side were keen to impose themselves on the vistors early in the game as manager Ian Hammett had stressed that he wanted the game won by half time, and quite literally the team followed his instructions as they set about dismantling the opposition with some excellent football.

It was only going to be a matter of time before the home side took the lead, and things looked ominous as Ian Hammett hit the bar with a header from the back post after a splendid cross from Charlie Seward. Dean Hains though gave Sandy the lead, as he recieved a cross field ball in behind the full back and deftly lobbed the advancing keeper, however he did later admit that it had been an intended cross. Charlie Seward then made it two as he controlled the ball in the box turned a bent a curling shot into the bottom right corner.

Once again Sandy were excellent at the back as Phil Beall and Matt Evans kept the Embankment forwards quiet allowing Richard Seldon to bomb on at every opportunity and join n Sandy's attacks. Again the pressure told as Craig Baker made it three with a powerful shot from the edge of the box after another flowing move. Then Ian Hammet made it four as Zed, the Embankment keeper could only parry Sewards shot straight to hoim for the simplest of tap ins.

The four nil scoreline hardly flattered the home side as it should have been several more. Seward had a chance after some great work by Hammett to cut the ball back to him, but if anything he had too much time and bent his shot wide. Again Hammett should have turned provider to Dean Hains but his cut back was just behind the winger as he made his move into the box. Even Matt Evans was stepping out of the back four and looking to link play, but the home side failed to add to their lead.

After a fantastic first half, Sandy looked leggy and tired in the second and allowed the visitors back into it. The home side failed to play their flowing football and saturdays excersions seemed to be taking their toll on some players. That being said they still had chances to extend their lead most notably through Craig Baker who had a wonderful opportunity to score hs second goal from a Shane Pope cross, but he completely missed the ball under no pressure at all. Dean Hains then shot wide and Alex Baker was finally crowded out after a wonderful mazy run, which deserved better.

Embankment did manage to get on the scoresheet much to the disappointment of the home side as they worked the ball down the left and a cut back was tapped in past Pallister leaving him no chance. Other than this though the visitors hardly threatened the goal anymore. Dean Hains did spectacularly clear the ball off the line from a corner, and Matt Evans ensured that Josh Pierre St Clair was under too much pressure to score after a long ball. Mark Pallister was required to make one excellent save right at the death as he tipped a shot over from a tight angle.

Although they had hoped to extend their lead in the second half, manager Ian Hammett was happy with the win and felt that his team would benefit from this win and the fitness benefits of playing two games in close proximity. Sandy will now move onto tougher tests as they host Premier Division side Southill Alexander on Saturday in a friendly and Ickwell and Old Warden 1st team in the first round of the Biggleswade knock out cup on Monday 23rd. 

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (8)
2. Richard Seldon (8)
3. Shane Pope (7)
3. Matt Evans (8)
4. Mark Jennings (8)
4. Charlie Seward (7)
9. Ian Hammett (7)
11. Craig Baker (8)
17. Phil Beall (8)
38. Alex Baker (7)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Ian Hammett
1 x Charlie Seward
1 x Craig Baker


1 x Mark Jennings
1 x Charlie Seward
1 x Alex Baker

Man of the Match:

4. Mark Jennings


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