Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Marabese Ceramics

Competition Cup - East Beds Charity Cup Preliminary Round
Result Sandy 1st Team 2-1 Marabese Ceramics
Date Saturday 14 August 2010
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

Sandy started their season proper with a win in the opening round of the East Beds Charity Cup after a strong performance that really should have ensured that the result was more comfortable for the home side. Although Sandy hadn't won so far during pre season they went into the game with confidence after a good showing against Baldock Town Reserves earlier in the week.

Sandy looked the better side from the outset as they settled quickly, and they dominated the early exchanges as they imposed themselves on the opposition. Looking assured at the back, Sandy opted to play football from back to front with confidence and looked to switch the play at regular intervals to open up the Marabese defence and it was a splendid flowing move from Sandy created that first goal of the afternoon, as Mark Jennings found Dean Hains on the right wing and his cross was delivered perfectly for Ian Hammett to slide in and tap the ball into the empty net.

The home side grew into the game and it was almost two nil on thirty minutes when some great play down the left by Brad Smith, afforded him the chance to cross and although his excellent ball just eluded the sliding Ian Hammett, Dean Hains arrived at the back post only to see his shot crash back off the bar. Whilst dominating possession Sandy couldn't quite find that second goal until they extended their lead shortly before half time. The second goal was almost a carbon copy of the first as again a cross field ball from Mark Jennings found Hains, who once again delivered a peach of a cross on the edge of the six yard box which once again was steered home by Hammett for his second goal.

Marabese threatened very little in the first half as again the back four excelled throughout and reduced Mark Pallister in the Sandy goal into a virtual spectator and Sandy ended the half leading 2 - 0.

As the second half began Sandy once again continued where they had left off, ensuring that the wingers were getting involved at every opportunity and even Phil Beall began stepping out from his centre back position and linking with the midfield and forwards on several rampaging runs. It should have been three nil early in the half as Dean Hains found Craig Baker with a defence splitting pass, only to see him inexplicably miss with the goal at his mercy. Brad Smith then had a shot well saved at the near post by the Marabese Keeper after he had beat the right back like he wasn't even there. Continuing his excellent afternoon Smith then had a couple of opportunities to score as he cut inside, but they didn't quite come off.

Marabese however did begin to grow into the game, and from about 65 minutes they began to establish a foothold in the game. The visitors ensured it would be a nervy ending to the game as with twenty minutes to go they capitalised on a slip by Matt Evans to score an excellent goal as their winger cut inside and rifled a shot into the far corner. This gave the visitors confidence, and they began to trouble the home side, but it wasn;t until the last minute that they caused the most worry, as with the last kick of the game they hit the bar, and could of taken the game into extra time.

Sandy however hung on for the win, and it was no more than their performance deserved. Manager Ian Hammett was happy with the early season win and pleased with the overall performance, as he looks to continue his pre season preparations against Embankment on Monday.


Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Mark Pallister (8)
2. Richard Seldon (8)
3. Shane Pope (8)
3. Matt Evans (8)
4. Charlie Seward (8)
4. Mark Jennings (8)
5. Brad Smith (8)
9. Ian Hammett (8)
11. Craig Baker (8)
17. Phil Beall (8)

Goal Scorers:

2 x Ian Hammett



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