Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Farley Boys FC

Competition Cup - Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Challenge Cup Rd2
Result Farley Boys FC 3-0 Sandy 1st Team
Date Saturday 27 October 2012
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

For the second week in a row Sandy were struggling for a side, as still riddled by injuries they were further hampered by the absence of Manager Ian Hammett and Andrew Wren as well as Craig Baker being a late absentee with illness. This meant the team travelled with just 12 players to face Luton district side Farley Boys in the 2nd Round of the County Cup. Mark Pallister and Dave Lenton returned after missing last weeks game vs Elstow and Nathan Morris made a welcome return from the thigh injury that saw him hobble out of the Biggleswade Utd cup game.

Scott Dora and Darren Gipson were called up to the squad from the reserves with Dora being handed his first start for the 1st team when Baker became unavailable. Banfield once again slotted in at centre back with Dave Lenton moving into central midfield as the visitors switched to a 4-4-2 formation.

In an even contest Farley boys led 1-0 at half time, but Sandy had there chances to get on the scoresheet with Nathan Morris having a couple of one on ones that were blocked by a recovering defender.

Sandy played some decent football with Dora and Burgess excelling on the wings. Burgess once again earning the man of the match award for being a constant threat to the opposition.

Morris and Bailey both had chances in the second half, with Morris rounding the keeper but unable to score from a tight angle and Bailey having his shot saved when through one on one. Despite these chances though it was the home side that extended their lead with about half an hour to go and then made it 3-0.

Richard Seldon gave way for Gipson to come on and provide fresh legs as well as switching Dora and Ryan Gregory.

Despite a threadbare squad Sandy gave a good account of themselves and now have a week off, where they will hope to see key players return from injury and be at full strength for their visit to league leaders Leighton United on the 10th November. Final Score 0-3 

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (7)
3. Shane Pope (7)
3. Ryan Gregory (7)
7. Ryan Burgess (7)
13. Nathan Morris (7)
13. Olly Banfield (7)
15. Daniel Bailey (7)
17. Phil Beall (7)
23. Scott Dora (7)
24. Dave Lenton (7)


20. Darren Gipson (7)

Man of the Match:

7. Ryan Burgess


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