Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Clifton Reserves

Competition Cup - Watson Shield Group 7
Result Sandy Reserves 3-5 Clifton Reserves
Date Saturday 02 January 2010
Kick Off 2.00pm

Match Report

Sandy FC Reserves had another disappointing Saturday loosing in the cup to a very ordinary side from the lower 4th division. Graham Ward and Dave Lloyd had high expectations after getting the team together early on Saturday afternoon to raise morale and confidence (2010 Team Bonding).

Before the game had started, more changes had to be made again due to the availability of players. Dean Hains, Steve Jakes and Matt Baines were all unavailable due to other commitments. Liam Evans returned to the side after a ten week absence. Adam Hales was nominated Captain for the day and the side setup with a 4-4-2 formation.

Manager Graham Ward made it very clear to all players not to give the ball away, play with confidence and win the ball back by crowding out the opposition. It worked for a while until the ball watching and failure to pick up players again allowed the opposition to take the lead after approx 15 minutes.

An improved Dan Hoole had a number of runs and crosses that were very positive. A corner taken from the right side was accurately placed onto Adam Jones head as he ran in from the edge of the 18 yard area. The ball hit the back of the net with power and precision. Some sloppy marking with the midfield and defence again allowed Clifton to score 2 more goals before half time, but Sandy did finish the half as the better side. There was some good work from Brad Dennis and Adam Jones (tackling) in small spasms.

Graham Ward and Dave Lloyd made some changes at half time as Matt Flynn made way for Marcus Tait. Brad Dennis moved to the left midfield with Tait sitting in the middle. within 5 minutes of starting the second half Jamie Bellingham had to leave the field feeling ill. Dean Hill slotted into the middle of midfield with Marcus Tait and Adam Hales moved back into central defence whilst the versatile Matt Gednay covered for Bellingham. This was not an ideal start to the second half as Sandy looked to get back into the tie.

However depsite the changes the side settled and created a number of good chances. Marcus Tait made some great contributions creating chances that should have been put in the back of the net. Cliftons keeper however made some good and easy saves.

Sandy continued to play some good football in parts,.but always looked vulnerable on the break from Clifton. A goal mouth scramble after good work from Kevin Fage allowed Dean Hill to slot in a 2nd goal off the post for the home side, but yet again Clifton replied making it 2 - 4 after some sloppy defending. Graham Ward again made changes to try and push forward to salvage something from the game. He replaced Adam Hales with Peter Norman who he put up front, changing the shape to a 3-4-3 formation. It was a gamble that didn't pay off and Clifton scored a fifth goal. A consolation goal from Danny Hoole came from 20 yards giving the keeper no chance.

Sandy were much the better side for most of the contest playing attractive football particularly in the second half. Due to inexperience, composure and lack of concentration however teams are constantly being allowed to punish this young side. Good work and effort from Liam Evans, Matt Gednay, Adam Jones and Dan Hoole.

Joint MOTM awards to Adam Jones and Dan Hoole,

The Can of Coke award goes to Matt Gednay who fell over in the first two minutes and Adam Hales for Tackling himself. 

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

2. Liam Evans (7)
3. Jamie Bellingham (6)
7. Kevin Fage (0)
8. Adam Jones (7)
9. Leon Bryan (6)
14. Matt Flynn (6)
16. Adam Hales (6)
17. Danny Hoole (7)
22. Matt Gednay (7)


12. Dean Hill (6)
15. Marcus Tait (6)
29. Peter Norman (6)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Dean Hill
1 x Danny Hoole
1 x Adam Jones


1 x Danny Hoole
1 x Kevin Fage

Man of the Match:

8. Adam Jones


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