Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Henlow

Competition League - Division One
Result Sandy 1st Team 1-5 Henlow
Date Saturday 18 September 2010
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

It was another local derby at Bedford Road as Henlow came to visit, but it was to be another tough afternoon for the home side as they were on the wrong end of a very harsh result.

Manager Ian Hammett should of known the afternoon wasn't going to work out well, when Craig Baker didn't turn up and wasn't able to be contacted. This left the side with only 12 players as once again Hammett struggled to raise a side. It has been a tough start to the season for the Sandy player manager who has been forced to use no less than 28 players in the first few games and hence the team have not been able to find any sort of consistency or momentum.

The game started poorly for the home side when they conceeded a free kick with only a minute and a half gone when Captain Richard Seldon was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball on th edge of the box. The Henlow player stepped up and curled an excellent free kick into the top corner to give Henlow the lead, although Sandy Keeper Mark Pallister will feel that he should of done better. This goal gave Henlow the early momentum and they played some nice football on the large Sandy pitch with the home side still reeling from the early goal. A few long throw in's from the visitors caused the home side some concern although the Sandy defence did seem to deal well with the threat.

Sandy grew into the game and they began playing some good passing football. Alex Baker was causing all sorts of problems down the left hand side, and Andy Brace was pulling the strings from his midfield holding role. Ian Hammett was also running the channels well creating an outlet for the long ball and space for the midfield to utilise. On 25 minutes Sandy were level after a lovely move on the left flank. Shane Pope swung in a great cross, which Ian Hammett met at the front post to steer a glancing header towards the far corner and in off the post. It was no more than the home side deserved as they had established a foothold in the game. It could of been two shortly after as Alex Baker drove in a cross to the back post, but debutant Tommy Simpson couldn't quite connect with a header. Charlie Seward then almost equalised as he clipped the bar with a fierce shot and then fired over from a corner late in the 1st half. Henlow came back into the game before half time, but Sandy held on well with Matt Evans and JJ Pekszyc strong at the heart of the defence. Half time 1 - 1.

Sandy knew that a win could well be in their grasp if they could reproduce their first half performance, but Henlow started the second half the stronger as Sandy looked a little bit leggy. Sandy looked strong at the back however even in the abscence of regular centre back Phil Beall and Mark Pallister was rarely troubled in the Sandy goal, and it was the home side that had the first opportunity to take the lead. Richard Seldon played a through ball from right back, that took a deflection casuing the ball to fall behind Ian Hammett on the edge of the box, and he unfortunately dragged his shot on the turn just wide of the upright. Tommy Simpson then had a chance after more good work from Alex Baker, whose pull back across goal found Simpson at the far post, but his side foot effort was easily saved by the Henlow keeper.

Sandy were then hit with a sucker punch on the 67th minute when Henlow scored directly from a corner to take the lead. Alex Baker then limped off after Ian Hammett had replaced Shane Pope due to injury leaving the home side with ten men and then Sandy fell apart. Players inexplicably changed positions and the Sandy lost all of their shape and enthusiasm. The visitors took advantage of the disarray to score three times in the final fifteen minutes and inflict an embarrassing and heavy defeat on Sandy that really they didn't deserve.

However it was to continue to be the story of the season so far for the home side as a lack of options cost them dearly. Manager Ian Hammett was once again left to rue the cost of missing so many regular players saying 'unless we can get a full squad together week in and week out we will really struggle this year'. Final Score 1 - 5.


Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (6)
2. Richard Seldon (6)
3. Shane Pope (6)
3. Matt Evans (6)
4. Charlie Seward (6)
4. Mark Jennings (6)
8. John-Joe Pekszyc (6)
9. Ian Hammett (6)
11. Tommy Simpson (6)
38. Alex Baker (6)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Ian Hammett


1 x Shane Pope

Man of the Match:

38. Alex Baker


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