Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Leighton United

Competition League - Division 1
Result Sandy 1st Team 2-5 Leighton United
Date Saturday 17 April 2010
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

It was to be mistakes that cost Sandy their unbeaten home run on an afternoon when once again they promised much by delivered little against one of the leagues main promotion contenders.


Starting the afternoon missing some key players, manager Daniel Bailey once again had to shuffle the pack and the team started well. Leighton had struggled in their last three games and Sandy looked to take advantage of that. It was the home team that were to have the best of the early exchanges as Mark Jennings and Sam King had long range efforts that sailed wide.


Sandy also looked strong at the back with Dave Smith settling in well alongside Phil Beall at the heart of the Sandy defence, and whilst Leighton posed a threat with their precise passing and quick movement Sandy’s backline never looked like conceding. Sandy took the lead on 25 minutes with an excellent move that culminated in Sam King finding Charlie Seward in the box with a deft flick, and Seward slotted the ball into the bottom corner.


The goal was no less than Sandy deserved as they were dominating Leighton United, however it was only minutes before United were level as a mix up between Phil Beall and goalkeeper Mark Pallister allowed the Leighton forward to sneak in and poke the ball into the empty net. Although they had let the visitors back into the game Sandy lifted themselves and pressed to find that second goal. Daniel Bailey had a chance with a header, but it fell tamely into the keepers hands.


Leighton then struck a hammer blow ten minutes before half time, as Dave Smith and Shane Pope failed to clear the ball down the left only to see the ball crossed into the box and Leighton’s left winger drift in to score with a looping header. It was harsh on Sandy who had made two errors and saw themselves 2 – 1 behind at half time.


The second half proved to be much of the same as once again for the first twenty minutes the home side looked the stronger. Seward had a long range effort that he sent wide and Sandy also played some neat football winning a succession of corners that they couldn’t convert.


Sandy looked like they would get back into the game, as against the run of play Leighton capitalised on another error. This time it was Dave Smith who played a loose back pass to Pallister who never looked like reaching the ball and the Leighton forward nipped in to tap the ball into the goal. Smith was then at fault as the away side scored a fourth, he lost the ball in the box allowing the Leighton player to turn and shoot. The shot was tame and goalkeeper Pallister should have done better, but he dived despairingly as the ball trickled into the far corner.


Sandy were working hard, but were giving the ball away far too cheaply as they struggled to get back into the game and now Leighton United were making all the running and with ten minutes to go they scored a fifth, as a long ball found the unchecked diagonal run of the forward. He unselfishly squared the ball for his team-mate to tap the ball home.


Sandy did score a late consolation goal, as their best move of the half allowed Sam King to latch onto a Steve Jakes through ball and curl the ball into the top corner. Leighton United though had given the home side a harsh lesson in ball retention and playing the simple pass. Their calm football was bereft of mistakes and allowed them to clinically take advantage of any error from Sandy. The home side will be keen to improve vastly as they visit Blunham Reserves on Monday night.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (5)
2. Richard Seldon (6)
3. Shane Pope (6)
4. Charlie Seward (6)
4. Mark Jennings (6)
9. Ian Hammett (6)
11. Craig Baker (6)
15. Daniel Bailey (6)
17. Phil Beall (6)
87. Dave Smith (5)


12. Steve Jakes (6)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Charlie Seward


1 x Steve Jakes


3. Shane Pope


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