Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Clifton Reserves

Competition League - Division Four
Result Clifton Reserves 4-1 Sandy Reserves
Date Saturday 21 January 2012
Kick Off 2.00pm

Match Report

Sandy faced a tough task today as they travelled to face a much improved Clifton side however they were reinforced as both Luke Morgan and Brad Smith from the 1st team sqaud were available for Reserve Team duty.  


Sandy looked positive from the off and started with an early attack, Chris Gregory turned 180 deg with the ball on the edge of the box, a fired a clean strike towards goal. With the ball heading toward the top right corner of the goal, it looked to be flying in only for it to be claimed by the Clifton keeper. Despite this positive start Sandy seemed to switch off after this early positivity and they struggled to keep the opposition back from attacking.


To try and cope with the onslaught Tony made some positional changes, moving Ryan Burgess to the right wing from the left, Brad Smith to centre of mid field and Ryan Gregory on to the left wing. This allowed Brad Smith to settle with the ball at his feet and have far more influence on the game. However he was coming under lots of pressure from Cliftons attacking midfielders and was soon pressured into conceeding possession forcing the ball away from his feet as he had limited options.


Some early mistakes from the Sandy defensive line allowed the opposition to take the upper hand in the contest and they soon capitalised on these errors. The half time whistle couldn't come quick enough as Sandy needed to have a shake up to focus their minds, however the first half ended leaving Sandy 4 goals behind.


Manager Tony Gregory had a big job on his hands with the half time team talk and he looked to change the attitude of the players. Danny Hoole was brought onto the pitch for Matt Baines, Ryan Gregory was moved back into the centre and Hoole moved to the left wing.  Danny's presence on the pitch made a big change to the game, and Sandy now started to push forward pressurising the opponents. Everybody on the visiting side had now picked up the pace and Sandys football knowledge and skills could now be seen on the pitch, as they looked much improved.  


However it looked like this day was just not in their favour and was going to be one of those days as Luke Morgan had 4 separate attempts on goal which could have pulled Sandy level, but his best efforts were not to be a game changer today. Reece Pope came on and had taken the right back position as Sheppard was subbed off and soon after Ryan Gregory was pulled for Hales.


Sandy attempts to play through balls to their attacking players were constantly thwarted and swept away by the massive Clifton centre backs. Ryan Burgess was doing his best to cause problems, and was often taken out by the home sides left back as his continuous runs toward the right flank were seen as a threat. Ryan Burgess did manage to swing one particular ball across were the defender redirected the ball in to the net for Sandys only goal.


Sandy won the second half 1-0 which was a great come back from the first half, man of the match was awarded to Danny Hoole for making a massive difference as he came onto the pitch. Todays game taught Sandy some tough lessons, but the players will have learnt a great deal from it which must be a positive result for the day. Final Score 1-4

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

5. Peter Rogan (8)
8. Chris Gregory (8)
14. Matt Flynn (8)
20. Matt Baines (8)
21. Jonny Stratford (8)
26. Brad Smith (8)
29. Ryan Burgess (8)
31. Ryan Gregory (8)
50. John Sheppard (8)


15. Reece Pope (8)
16. Adam Hales (8)
17. Danny Hoole (9)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Own Goal


1 x Ryan Burgess

Man of the Match:

17. Danny Hoole


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