Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Lidlington

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Result Sandy 1st Team 2-2 Lidlington
Date Wednesday 28 August 2013
Kick Off 6.30pm

Match Report

Sandy welcomed Prem side Lidlington to Bedford Road for their final game of their preseason before Saturdays Division 1 opener against Brickhill Tigers, which has now been moved to Sandy FCs pitch. Pally returned inbetween the sticks and Liam returned from Scotland, however there was no Ralph, Adam or Shane and Pete Rogan is still recovering from his injury on Saturday.

Sandy knew they were going to be playing against a team that works very hard but if Sandy worked just as hard as they have for their previous games under Barry Morris then they could upset the odds. The game did start as a fight for domincance with both teams trying to get the ball down and attack. Sandys defence fought off any pressure and prevented Lidlington from getting behind them. This allowed the rest of the Sandy team a base in which they could begin to put pressure onto Lidlingtons defence, with many of their attacking chances coming through Liam Brophy as he twisted to try and make himself some space to shoot. However the best chance of the game fell to Tommy McGhee as the ball was played out wide to Ryan Gregory who managed to beat his fullback with a bit of trickery and pull the ball back across goal from the byline, it ran straight into Tommys path and he just had to pick his spot, unfortunately it was on his "weaker" left foot and the spot he picked was just over the bar. This though encouraged Sandy to continue attacking and it was Sandy who looked the most likely to score with a few pot shots and Beally also hit the bar from a corner. The half ended though with Lidlington getting their first corner and it took 3 attempts for Sandy to eventually clear the ball to safety. Half time 0-0.

The second half continued to see Sandy doing the attacking and it didn't take long for them to take the lead as Liam again found himself on the ball in the area, he cruyff turned onto his left foot and showed everyone how to score with your weaker foot as he smashed the ball into the opposite left hand top corner. Within 10 minutes they found themselves 2-0 up as half time substitute Johnny got onto a bullet Ryan Gregory cross to flick it just inside the far post and give the goalkeeper no chance. Barry Morris then used the opportunity to switch the team around with the addition of Andy Barker and Yudi (spelling?) into the midfield, Sandy were comfortable for the next 10 minutes however it was the last 15 minutes where Sandy began to sit back a bit more and this was taken advantage of by Lidlington who got a bit of luck as they won a corner, the corner was whipped in with pace, a Lidlington player got onto the end of it and it flicked off Tommy McGhees shin and outmaneuvered Pally who had dived the opposite way. Sandy unfortunately couldn't hold out for the victory and conceded another soft goal as the Lidlington No. 12 managed to bobble inbetween 2 players to the near post, stumble, regain control and square the ball for an easy finish.

Although dissapointing to have drawn after leading the game 2-0, Sandy will be pleased to have completed an unbeaten preseason against a team that finished midtable in the Prem last season, yet another sign of the progress Sandy have made and everyone is positive they can have a successful season in all 5 competitions they are competing in with manager Barry Morris stating that "we can make this one hell of a season boys"

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (0)
3. Ryan Gregory (0)
4. Mark Jennings (0)
8. Tom Mcghee (0)
9. Liam Brophy (0)
10. Jonny Stratford (0)
11. Tom Burton (0)
13. Nathan Morris (0)
17. Phil Beall (0)
18. Ian Jakes (0)
20. Nicky Albone (0)


21. Andy Barker (-)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Liam Brophy
1 x Jonny Stratford


1 x Ryan Burgess
1 x Ryan Gregory


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