Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Bedford Park Rangers

Competition Cup - Watson Shield Round One
Result Sandy Reserves 4-3 Bedford Park Rangers
Date Saturday 12 January 2013
Kick Off 1.30pm

Match Report

A tough game for the Reserves in the first round of the Watson Shield as they took on BPR who are now in division 3 after winning division 4 last season. The lads were looking to progress though and hopefully go on a cup run.
The game started and a lot of the play was in the middle of the pitch and the midfielders of both sides were trying to keep hold of the ball. But slowly as the game went on Sandy got to their normal attacking play and started creating chances as a team. Sandy won a corner which Dennis delivered in to Gregory who headed on to Rogan who's goal-ward header went to Dora who turned it on to the post. But Sandy went 1-0 up when Gregory played the ball through to Jonnie who shot first time to beat the goalkeeper at the near post. But BPR responded quickly and made it 1-1. Harry and Lucas were linking up well down the right and Lucas was causing the BPR left back a lot of problems which lead to another goal as Lucas beat the defender whipped in a cross for Gregory to control with his chest and struck the ball as he was falling unbalanced. Jonnie was making some great chances as were Gregory and Dora with some good play together down the left. Another chance came when Lucas delivered Gregory pulled the ball back to Dora who's shot was saved then Gregory somehow blasted the ball over in the 6 yard box.
The second half started and Sandy were attacking again. It wasn't long before it was 3-1 when Dennis set up Jonnie. This then made the game very exciting as it turned end to end with BPR pulling a goal back to make it 3-2 then soon after that Jonnie lobbed the BPR keeper to complete a hat-trick and make it 4-2. BPR piled on the pressure but our defence were holding out with Harry making some great challenges. Jordan came on the replace Lucas. BPR then scored with 10 minutes to go to make it 4-3 and the lads were desperate to hold on. But a chance for Sandy came when BPR were passing the ball amongst their defence and as Jonnie shut down the centre back he passed to the right back and Dora intercepted the ball passed two defenders and his shot hit the inside of the post and stayed out. Towards the end Dora then ran down the left going past 3 players to pull the ball back to Gregory who tried to trick the keeper by shooting at the near post but the ball went wide.
The lads won 4-3 and it was a brilliant effort. Great performance from Harry and the man of the match Lucas. In the second round the reserves will take on another division 3 side Wishamstead Reserves.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

5. Peter Rogan (8)
8. Chris Gregory (8)
8. Scott Dora (8)
19. Harry Barham (9)
20. Matt Baines (8)
21. Jonny Stratford (9)
50. John Sheppard (8)


24. Jordan Harrington (8)

Goal Scorers:

3 x Jonny Stratford
1 x Chris Gregory


1 x Chris Gregory


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