Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v FC Meppershall

Competition League - Division 1
Result FC Meppershall 2-0 Sandy 1st Team
Date Saturday 20 March 2010
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

Sandy suffered an afternoon of disappointment as their seven game unbeaten run was brought to a halt by FC Meppershall at Mowsbury Park. Sandy went to Bedford looking to consolidate on sixth place in the division, but a frustrating match ensured that Meppershall leap frogged them in the league.


Sandy for some reason struggled to get going in the first half and Meppershall dominated the opening exchanges. Sandy elected to play into the wind in the first half, and although the home side had large amounts of possession they never really troubled Sandy’s backline.


The back four had been in outstanding form over the past few weeks and again they worked hard to thwart every Meppershall attack ensuring that Mark Pallister had little to do during the first half. Holding a high line due to the conditions Sandy caught the Meppershall forward line offside time and time again, and Meppershall didn’t create any clear cut chances.


Despite Sandy’s stoic defence they failed to create any chances at the other end either. With move after move breaking down, they away side struggled to play their fluent football that had been apparent in their last seven games. The only shot of note came midway through the half when a good move between Sam James and Ian Hammett created a chance for Mark Jennings who dragged his wide from 20 yards.


Despite the game being between the two highest scoring side in the division the game looked like being 0-0 at half time. That was until Andrew Wren brought down the Meppershall forward 20 yards out. Asking the referee if he could take it quickly the Meppershall player curled the ball into the far corner as Mark Pallister was arranging his wall. Pallister tried to scramble across the goal, but he could only palm the ball into the top of the net.


Sandy knew that they needed to improve and in the second half they did. They lifted the tempo of their play and began to dominate the encounter, penning Meppershall into their own half. However they failed to create any clear cut chances and for the first twenty minutes they were reduced to long range efforts.


Sam James had an effort tipped around the post, and Chris Baines hit the post with another long range shot that looked destined for the bottom corner. Hammett then escaped down the left channel from a Mark Jennings pass and delivered a cross that Charlie Seward couldn’t quite convert.


Sandy increased the pressure as they searched desperately for the equalising goal. However it was proving to be a day that Sandy were never going to score as Meppershall players laid their bodies on the line to keep Sandy at bay. Andrew Wren had a header blocked on the line, Charlie Seward volleyed over from 7 yards, and also had another stinging effort blocked on the line. These chances came from a succession of corners that looked like they would be Meppershalls undoing.


In the last five minutes Meppershall dealt Sandy a hammer blow as they broke against the run of play and scored their second goal to make the tie safe. The second goal was harsh on Sandy who had toiled hard without any joy all afternoon, but for the first time this year their flowing football deserted them and they failed to get the result they were looking for. Final score 2 – 0.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (6)
2. Richard Seldon (6)
3. Shane Pope (6)
4. Mark Jennings (7)
4. Charlie Seward (6)
5. Andrew Wren (6)
8. Sam James (6)
9. Ian Hammett (6)
15. Chris Baines (6)
17. Phil Beall (6)


87. Dave Smith (6)

Man of the Match:

4. Mark Jennings


8. Sam James


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