Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Meltis Albion

Competition League - Division One
Result Sandy 1st Team 6-4 Meltis Albion
Date Saturday 06 November 2010
Kick Off 2.00pm

Match Report

Sandy finally produced the performance that they had been threatening too for a few weeks in an exciting ten goal thriller at Bedford Road Rec. After a disappointing result last week Sandy were keen to give a good account of themselves and manager Ian Hammett made three changes to freshen up the side. Debutant Mark Westbrook started on the right, with Tommy Simpson starting on the left and Craig Baker returned to the centre of midfield after missing last weeks game.

The home side started at a furious pace, keen to impose themselves on the game early and impose themselves they did as Craig Baker scored a wonderful individual goal within the first five minutes. Baker picked the ball up just inside his own half and ran throught the middle of the Meltis side before shooting home from 25 yards. The goal stunned the visitors and Sandy tore into them searching for more goals. Ian Hammett had a snap shot from the edge of the box after good work from Charlie Seward, and Sandy played some great flowing football pressuring their opponents at every chance.

Mark Westbrook and Ian Hammett combined to setup Sandy's second, as Westbrook played Hammet through down the right flank. Hammett then squared a lovely ball to Charlie Seward who despite the keeper saving his first effort scored his first goal of the season from the rebound to make it 2 - 0. Sandy were now cruising and looked like they could  and would score goals at will during the contest. Phil Beall was even getting in on the act as he made a Lucio like barnstorming run through the visitors, but when one on one with the keeper his deft chip curled agonisingly wide. Sandy were playing some nice football and looked in control throughout, with the back four looking particularly solid for the most part. However an error was to let Albion back into the tie, as the ball was given away in the centre of midfield by Sandy and a long through ball caught Matt Evans out. As he tried to recover his pressure couldn't stop Sal ventriglia finishing well to make the score 2 - 1. 

Sandy didn't let their heads drop though and Westbrook who was having a strong debut on the right and setup Sandy's third goal shortly before half time as he swung a left foot cross into the back post, where Tommy Simpson was on hand to slot the ball home. Shane Pope and Richard Seldon were enjoying themselves in the full back positions as they were allowed to press forward to join in several attacks and Sandy fully deserved their 3 -1 lead at half time.

Sandy knew that they would have to start the second half strongly as the next goal in the contest would prove vital. For the first ten minutes though Sandy held firm against some pressure from the visitors, and looked robust at all times with Mark Pallister rarely troubled in the Sandy goal. Ian Hammett then managed to break his goalscoring drought as he latched onto a through ball from Charlie Seward and advance into the opposition box, before firing home inside the near post with his left foot. It was no less than the home side deserved, and with that cushion they were forced to replace the injured Craig Baker with Chris Jennings.

Almost immediatley after extending their lead to 3 goals, it was reduced as Matt Evans brought down Ventriglia in the box. The Meltis forward got up and dusted himself off to slot the penalty home over Mark Pallister who had dived the right way. This goal galvanised Sandy again and they settled back down to playing solid football. Mark Jennings was breaking up play well in the centre of midfield and Sandy were looking dominant. The Meltis Albion keeper was forced into a wonderful save from a Charlie Seward effort and Ian Hammett shot just over from 35 yards out with the keeper beaten. It was Tommy Simpson though who added the fifth and sixth goals. The first came after being released by Seward down the left flank, Simpson cut inside the full back and the fired home with a right foot shot into the roof of the net. The second was almost a carbon copy as this time Seward and Hammett combined to set Simpson free and he shot inside the near post to complete his seond hat trick for the club. Phil Beall then went on a second Lucio type run but once again couldn't convert from a tight angle, winning a corner in the process. Not to be outdone by his centre back partner Matt Evans burst forwards too, but couldn't quite latch onto a Seward through ball.

With the game seemingly out of reach, Meltis then went down to ten men as Simpson tried to set Hammett free only for the defender to deny Hammett a one on one opportunity by deliberatley handling the ball. The ref was left little option but to send him off. However this seemed to do the away side a favour as for the last fifteen minutes they played some excellent football. Sandy sat back and allowed Meltis to score two further goals with some sloppy defending, but it was too little too late for the away side and Sandy earned a splendid three points against tough opposition.

Manager Ian Hammett was ecstatic with the performance and hopes that this will be a platform on which they can build for the next few games and the rest of the season. Final score 6 - 4.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

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


20. Darren Gipson (8)

Goal Scorers:

3 x Tommy Simpson
1 x Ian Hammett
1 x Charlie Seward
1 x Craig Baker


2 x Charlie Seward
2 x Ian Hammett

Man of the Match:

11. Tommy Simpson


4. Charlie Seward


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