Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Shefford Town & Campton res

Competition League - Division 1
Result Sandy 1st Team 6-0 Shefford Town & Campton res
Date Saturday 28 September 2013
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

Sandy returned to action at home hoping to push back up the league standings especially knowing Eastcotts had to play Luton Boys Seniors who gave Sandy a very good game last weekend. The main storyline of the weekend was Barry coming up against his teams reserves from last season, and this meant it was time for the Sandy players to repay the faith the manager has had in them so far this season. The game started a bit shaky however Sandy soon settled down and began to apply some pressure. They won a throw in high up the pitch and this was played towards Johnny who was back in the side for his 1st league game of the current campaign. He brought the ball down and played it across the edge of the area where Jakesy had sneaked into some space, he chested the ball down and swung a prefectly timed volley to score a screamer which dipped just under the bar, 1-0 and what a way to kick things off. Sandy continued to press and Liam was causing trouble for the opposition defence winning corners and free kicks as he danced his way past defenders, however he wasn't quite able to get a final product in order to get himself on the scoresheet or assist sheet. Sandy had one effort from a free kick blocked on the line but the referee decided there was a push so it wouldn't have counted anyway. Sandy won a free kick just inside their half and Beally powered a lovely ball straight onto Johnnys chest however the plaudits must all go to Johnny as he made it look effortless as he brought the ball down and volleyed it right footed into the top corner sidewards on, delightful, 2-0. Both goals are already being touted as contenders for goal of the season. The next action of the game was very controversial indeed as Nathan saw red after 2 yellow cards within 5 minutes of each other. The first was very harsh as Nathan, Jennings and the Shefford forward all came together and ended up in a heap on the floor, with Nathan on the floor in pain after getting a wack in the back, the ref hovered over him waiting for him to get up, once he was up he instantly gave him the yellow, though it wasn't clear whether Nathan had actually done anything at all. The 2nd yellow was probably a little more justified as Nathan took out the Shefford forward again 5 minutes later, and the ref decided enough was enough from dirty dirty Nathan Morris. He'll have to start selling daffodils outside the front of his house to the biggleswade honeys in order to pay for the fine. Sandy now had to cope with 10 men and so Barry shuffled the team around in an attemp to keep stability and apart from Shefford having a little more time on the ball in their own half they didn't create any major threats to Sandys goalline, therefore the rest of the half petered out.

In the second half Barry instructed the team to forget about beautiful football and just get the ball forward. Even with a man down Sandy still didn't give Shefford the time and space they wanted and this led to the 3rd goal as the ball was played back to the Shefford goalie, Johnny chased the ball down and blocked the goalkeepers clearance which rebounded into the goal from the edge of the box. This effectively killed the destination of the 3 points for the day and it was now a matter of pride for Shefford but things only got worse as next up was Ryan Gregory as he jinked his way past the opposition defence after receiving the ball from Johnny down the left hand side, he picked his spot and placed the ball into the bottom left to beat the goalie at his near post, 4-0. On came Burgess and Juicy to freshen up Sandys ideas and give Shefford more to worry about. Pete Rogan complained of a niggle but he managed to overcome this to finish the game and even made a couple of daring runs forward to try and get himself on the scoresheet. It was soon 5-0 and there was no guessing who it was as Johnny crowned his return with a hat trick to be proud of after finishing well from a classic Tommy McGhee left footed through ball. It could only get worse for Shefford from here on in and it was in fact Johnny who got the next goal as well to go joint top scorer in the team with Liam and Juicy. Juicy provided the assist and this was in fact his final piece of action as he suffered a horrible injury to his knee unchallenged, treading on the ball and his left leg giving way, he was in absolute agony and you could tell it wasn't going to be good news. Everybody wishes him well in his recovery and it is a blow to lose such a player. Barry came on for some dirty dancing as he tried to control his feet but failed miserably every time with some very dodgy looking tackles, Sandy could have possibly have scored more but everybody will be very happy with 6 goals and a clean sheet.

Sandy have now moved up to 2nd place and face a top of the table clash next week against Goldington who they beat in a preseason friendly, they will be aiming to get the result that puts them top whilst Barry is away in Rome for the weekend. Definately an achievable target for everybody if they work hard and play to their potential, lets be on it come Saturday!

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

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


7. Ryan Burgess (1)
15. Paul Chamberlain (1)
30. Baz Morris (1)

Goal Scorers:

4 x Jonny Stratford
1 x Ryan Gregory
1 x Ian Jakes


2 x Jonny Stratford
1 x Paul Chamberlain
1 x Phil Beall
1 x Tom Mcghee


13. Nathan Morris


13. Nathan Morris


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