Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Marston Shelton Rovers

Competition Cup - Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup, Round 2
Result Sandy 1st Team 1-4 Marston Shelton Rovers
Date Saturday 23 October 2010
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

After a weeks break, Sandy returned to action in the Bedfordshire FA intermediate Cup. Having recieved a bye in the first round they entertained Marston Shelton Rovers in the second round, having only played the same oppositon two weeks ago in the league. That encounter had been close, and despite todays scoreline once again Sandy gave the visitors a tough game for little reward.

Sandy started the game at a furious pace and forced a succession of early corners, Craig Baker almost gave the home side a quick lead from a Dean Hains corner, but he headed over under pressure. On five minutes however the tables were turned and the visitors took the lead. A long ball over the top skidded on and away from Matt Evans as he chased back with the Rovers forward. Matt Hall came out of goal as Matt Evans slipped and toe poked the ball past him for the lucky forward to run onto and calmly dribble the ball into the empty net. This appeared to knock the home sides confidence and it was two nil shortly after as another mistake cost Sandy. Richard Seldon tried to control a high ball at speed, however the ball skewed out from under his foot and behind him for the Rovers forward to run onto. He slotted the ball past the keeper and as it trickled towards the net Phil Beall tried to recover but as he slid to clear the ball off the line his go-go gadget leg malfunctioned and got stuck in the turf. 2-0 Rovers.

The home side were shell shocked as they had started so well, and it took them time to recover under some sustained pressure from Marston. Slowly but surely they began to establish themselves in the contest as MOTM Mark Jennings and Craig Baker began to dominate the midfield exchanges and Ian Hammett and Dean Hains became more prominant on the flanks. Sandy were trying to play football and although at times they gave the ball away cheaply they also began to pressure Marston into mistakes. Charlie Seward and Tommy Simpson were working hard up front with little success, feeding off scraps for the most part. Sandy's best chance came five minutes before half time when some excellent play between Charlie Seward and Ian Hammett won a corner. Hammett delivered the corner onto Mark Jennings head, who connected well only to see his header rebound off a post. The rebound fell to Tommy Simpson, whose snap shot half volley flew over the bar from twelve yards. It had been no more than Sandy had deserved, but they couldn't quite force the break through. Half time 0 - 2

The second half was a much closer affair as Sandy pushed looking to get back into the game. Goalmouth chances were few and far between though as both sides defended robustly and snuffed out almost every threat. Sandys main chance of note came from a cross field pass by Charlie Seward to Ian Hammett. Hammett drove a left footed cross across the face of the goal towards Craig Baker, but the defender beat him to the ball to clear. Matt Evans had a long range effort that looped into the keepers hands but other that this Sandy's final pass was letting them down.

With twenty minutes to go, Marston extended their lead when a driven cross from the left wing took a deflection of Phil Beall and squirmed under Matt Hall into the Sandy goal. Sandy felt hard done by as the ball appeared to be in Halls clutches until the forward crashed into him, but the ref waved play on and awarded the goal. Sandy did manage to claw the goal back though almost immediately as the earned a free kick on the edge of the box. Sewards first effort was cleared, but the ball was dinked back in by Phil Beall. It flicked off a defenders head and into Craig Bakers path, who cheekily lobbed the advancing keeper with a deft chip. This lifted Sandy and they almost had a second with ten minutes left as a rasping shot from Baker was palmed out by the keeper and into Ian Hammetts feet, however he was flagged for offside.

Marston took advantage of a tiring home side to score a fourth after a good individual effort from their left winger. However manager Ian Hammett felt that there were some positives that could be taken from the game as once again his side had competed well for the most part with tough opposition. He did feel that the team need to try and eliminate their errors and have more confidence to play the five yard pass more often if they were going to start picking up results. Final score 1 - 4  

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

2. Richard Seldon (6)
3. Matt Evans (6)
4. Charlie Seward (6)
4. Mark Jennings (7)
9. Ian Hammett (7)
11. Craig Baker (7)
11. Tommy Simpson (6)
17. Phil Beall (7)


20. Darren Gipson (6)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Craig Baker


1 x Phil Beall

Man of the Match:

4. Mark Jennings


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