Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Elstow Abbey Reserves

Competition League - Division 4
Result Sandy Reserves 1-4 Elstow Abbey Reserves
Date Saturday 27 October 2012
Kick Off 2.00pm

Match Report


Match report based on information feed back to me as I was not available to attend this game. A decision was made early in the week allowing two of the regular reserve players to help the first team in a cup game, both Dora and Gippo were selected. This leaving the reserves with 13 available players.

Some early confusion sat afternoon as two of the players didn't show for the game, leaving us down to 11 from the possible 13, We also knew that Dennis wouldn't be there until late, properly making half time.

Sandy started with 10, hoping that Dennis would arrive early, Dennis got caught up at work, so never made it to the game.

With a 10 strong team Sandy battled against the top of the league side Elstow Abbey.

Gregory (captain). Had to make some decision as to the formation, so with the support of the players he opted for a 4, 2, 2, 1 formation.

Keeper: Phil Cooper.

Back line: Jack Brown (RB), Matt Baines and Pete Rogan (CB), Adam Hales (LB)

Holding midfield: Chris Gregory and Andy Barker.

Left wing: Reece Stratton

Right wing: Anthony Roberts

Striker: Jonnie Stratford.

With the team switched on, not allowing the the pressure of only 10 men effect them, they managed to get to the half time with not conceding or scoring a goal. Half time result 0-0. With the start of the second half, a soft passed ball back to our left back allowed Top of the league Elstow time to sprint onto the ball converting the first goal. 

Sandy attitude remained concentrated on the game and carried on battling, Elstow found their second goal making it 2-0.

Sandy's sprit payed off as Jonnie found Sandy's first putting Sandy back in the game, Sandy managed to find 2 more goals but these were disallowed by the ref.

With the team battling to the end, Elstow found 2 more goals, making the full time result 4-1.

Referee on the day was Bob Leonard, Bob reported to our Chairman Colin, that both teams were a credit to their clubs and to the league and as he was on the league committee he would be putting in a report to that fact. I received the following text from Adam Hales on the Sunday morning.

(Hi Tony. Chris probably won't sing his own praises being Captain but I thought he had his best game for Sandy yesterday and must of covered every blade of grass & led by example. He was my man of match). 

Listening to the positive feed back, I can only say you are a credit to yourself and the club.

Well done to you all.


Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

5. Peter Rogan (8)
8. Chris Gregory (9)
10. Andy Barker (8)
13. Reece Stratton (8)
16. Adam Hales (9)
20. Matt Baines (8)
21. Jonny Stratford (8)
25. Jack Brown (8)
69. Anthony Roberts (8)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Jonny Stratford


Man of the Match:

8. Chris Gregory


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