Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Ickwell and Old Warden

Competition Cup - Biggleswade Knock Out Cup 1st Round
Result Ickwell and Old Warden 5-1 Sandy 1st Team
Date Monday 23 August 2010
Kick Off 6.30pm

Match Report

Sandy entertained last years Premier League Runners up Ickwell and Old Warden at Bedford Road in the first round of the Biggleswade Knock out Cup and for a large part of the game Sandy looked the better side. Due to late drop outs Sandy were only able to field 11 players with Adam Hales and Brad Smith stepping up from the reserve squad and reserve team manager Graham Ward jumping off his train at Sandy to sit on the bench in case of injuries.

However Player manager Ian Hammett stressed to the team that they had eleven strong players and that they needed to start fast and let the visitors know that this wasn't going to be a walk over. The home side responded well and started the game at a frantic pace, putting Ickwell under pressure time and time again forcing them to hit hopeful long balls and give the ball away at the back. Charlie Seward almost opened the scoring after ten minutes when a mix up in the Ickwell defence saw the ballo break kindly for him, but his shot was well saved by the advancing Ickwell Keeper. This chance kick started the visitors, who had five minutes of pressure but Sandy coped well with JJ Pekszyc and Matt Evans forming a solid partnership at the centre of the defence.

On 18 minutes the home side took the lead, as Craig Baker played in Ian Hammett who bent his right foot shot into the top of the net over the on rushing keeper and the player on the line. The lead was no less than Sandy deserved and it led to period of pressure that should of seen Sandy extend their lead further. They won a succession of corners that Ian Hammet was delivering dangerously into the box, the first fell to Craig Baker whose shot was cleared off the line, and then from the next corner Hammett actually bent the ball into the net only to see the goal disallowed as Mark Jennings had harshly been adjudged to have fouled Jamie Scotcher at the near post.

Craig Baker then had the best chance of the lot as he stole the ball off the defenders and then with the whole goal to aim at and options from Hammett and Brad Smith right and left he shot wide with the goal at his mercy. Sandy were to be made to pay for these misses as five minutes before half time Ickwell drew level with their first shot. Zak Rowe made a powerful run through the heart of the midfield and then played the ball to Scott Joseph who scored past Mark Pallister. Other than this Pallister had once again been solid and rarely troubled throughout the half.

It was to again be the curse of the second half that struck for the home side as with the game tight and tense Ickwell stole a goal on the counter attack through Zak Rowe and then further goals from Lee Threadgold (2) and Marcus Ingham wrapped up a win that flattered the visitors by far. For the opening 20 minutes of the second half Sandy again looked solid and robust and once again had a goal disallowed as Craig Baker was adjudged offside as he poked home a through ball from Brad Smith.

On another day the score could of been 5 -1 to the home side with the front four for Seward, Baker, Hammett and Smith causing all sorts of problems to the Ickwell backline, however as the home side fell 2-1 behind they had to try and chase the game which left them exposed at the back to the pace of the visitors. It could have been more except for a splendid save from Mark Pallister when one on one with Zak Rowe who gave Sahne Pope a torrid evening at left back, Pope though dealt well with the threat for large periods of the game which was again another positive for the home side.

Player Manager Ian Hammett was certainly disappointed with the result, but once again couldn't fault the perfomance of the team for the first 70 minutes. 'We dropped our heads slightly after Ickwell's second goal, and then got caught ball watching for the last fifteen minutes. Everybody would of had ratings of 8 and 9 but that last 20 minutes let us down a bit.' was his verdict but he also added 'if we play like we did today, we could well be in for a good season we just have to learn to win'. Sandy will take this positive performance into their opening league fixture against Bedford Sports Atheltic at Hillgrounds on Saturday.  

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (7)
2. Richard Seldon (7)
3. Shane Pope (7)
3. Matt Evans (8)
4. Charlie Seward (7)
4. Mark Jennings (7)
8. John-Joe Pekszyc (8)
9. Ian Hammett (7)
11. Craig Baker (7)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Ian Hammett


1 x Craig Baker

Man of the Match:

8. John-Joe Pekszyc


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