Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Eastcotts AFC

Competition League - Division Four
Result Sandy Reserves 1-1 Eastcotts AFC
Date Saturday 16 October 2010
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

Sandy faced a tough task against high flying opponents Eastcotts FC at Bedford Road, however they were high on confidence following last weeks win against Wootton Village. Manager Graham Ward was once again forced to make changes to his line up as the continually enforced squad rotation continues to be an issue. Phill Cooper was absent due to work as was Adam Hales, but Ian Hammett and Charlie Seward joined the squad for the afternoon as the 1st team didn't have a game.

If you didn't know the two sides you would have struggled to tell which club was the high flying side in the first half as Sandy dominated for long periods and played the better football. Dean Hill and Brad Smith formed a string centre midfield pairing, breaking up all of Eastcotts play and launching several Sandy attacks. Matt Baines and Matt Gedney were also forming a strong partnership at the heart of the defence ensuring the home side had a robust spine.

Sandy deservedly took the lead 20 minutes into the half after a rampaging run by Brad Smith. He pikced the ball up on the left and beat the full back to the byline, skillfully managing to keep the ball in he moved into the box and the squared the ball towards Brad Dennis. Dennis effort was saved by the keeper, but in the resultant chaos the ball fell back to Smith who toe poked the ball home. Shortly after it should have been two nil as a long ball upfield found Dennis whose first touch took him away from the Eastcotts backline, but he dragged his shot wide when one on one with the keeper.

After a strong start by the home side, Eastcotts started to threaten more as they had a couple of penalty shouts turned down and a succession of corners that were well defended. However Matt Hall was rarely troubled in the first half as most of the visitors efforts were either blocked or sailed high and wide. Half time 1 - 0.

Sandy knew that a second goal could well kill the game off and they started strongly in the second half. Man of the Match Matt Gedney had the chance to double the lead five minutes into the half when he met Dean Hills free kick in the box with the goal at his mercy. However with all the time in the world he cushioned his header straight into the waiting arms of the goalkeeper.

Still Sandy battled well and didn't look out of place against a team that had scored freely against all other opposition this season. The home side will also count themselves unlucky to have only got a point as there was a real controversial nature about the Eastcotts equaliser. Following a poor attempted clearance by Adam Jakes, the Eastcotts forward shot was pushed onto the post by Matt Hall. In the resutlting scramble three players slid in to either score or clear and with Matt Hall being repeatedly kicked with the ball in his hands, the ref from 20 yards away awarded a goal, when the ball clearly had not crossed the line. It was harsh on the home side who had dominated throughout.

Matt Hall then made a fine double save to deny Eastcotts a lead as he continued his fine form. Sandy looked for the lead again, but couldn't quite find the opening. Manager Graham Ward sent on Ian Hammett and Charlie Seward, but neither of them could quite create anything for the home side.

Graham Ward was pleased with a point, but slightly disappointed that his side had not won the game and taken the three points from the contest that they richly deserved. Final score 1 - 1.



Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

3. Darren Gipson (7)
12. Dean Hill (8)
14. Matt Flynn (6)
17. Danny Hoole (6)
20. Matt Baines (7)
21. Adam Jakes (7)
22. Matt Gednay (8)
26. Brad Smith (7)
34. Dave Harris (7)


21. Charlie Seward (6)
50. John Sheppard (6)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Brad Smith


Man of the Match:

22. Matt Gednay


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