Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Flitwick Town Reserves

Competition Cup - Watson Shield Group 7
Result Sandy Reserves 2-1 Flitwick Town Reserves
Date Saturday 06 February 2010
Kick Off 2.00pm

Match Report

Sandy Reserves managed to pickup their second win of the season and their first in the Watson Shield Cup competition against Division 4 side Flitwick Town Reserves. Although the game meant very little for Sandy in the context of the cup, Flitwick needed to win to top group 7.

Once again Manager Graham Ward had to change his side due to the non-availability of 6 players including regular starters Dean Hains and Leon Bryan. Matt Gednay was to continue as captain of the side.

The game started very well for the home side as the midfield and the forward line made several good opportunities which somehow didn't result in goals. Manager Ward had decided to give himself a rare start in the middle of the midfield to try and provide some much needed experience to his young side. With Ward pulling the strings in the middle of the park, coordinating and mustering the side forwards Sandy performed well, but unfortunately for Ward fitness was to take it's toll and so he was replaced at half time by Andy Brace who took up the same position for the second half.

Kevin Fage and Brad Smith (MOTM) worked very hard, leading the line for Sandy continuosly for 90 minutes. Flitwick Town played their part in an entertaining game but were cancelled out by good defending and discipline throughout, something that has been missing from the Sandy side in previous weeks. Brad Dennis was playing in the middle of the park creating chances alongside both outside midfielders (Tait and Hoole)

In the second half Sandy came into their own and create further chances. This time however they were able to capitilise and the first goal came early in the second half as a clinical pass from Brad Dennis put Kevin Fage through on goal, and he calmly slotted the ball away into the net past the Flitwick Keeper. Vintage play.

This gave Sandy confidence and they created several more opportunities. Andy Brace made it 2 - 0 during this period of pressure as he tapped in an easy goal following good play down the left which had culminated in a cross into the 6 yard area that beat the Flitwick defence.

With Sandy on top, changes were made to freshen up the side. Matt Flynn came on for the tired Marcus Tait on the left wing. 10 minutes later Matt Baines came on for Brad Dennis in the centre of midfield. Both players settled well but with 10 minutes to go Flitwick pulled an unexpected goal back against the run of play. This put Sandy under pressure for the final minutes but they held out well.

The scoreline should have been greater in Sandy's favour as the home side had 3 goals disallowed due to dubious offside decisions. Good work and effort from the Sandy defence and keeper Phil Cooper however ensured that this didn't matter as Sandy were robust. Adam Jones and Matt Gednay had particularly outstanding games. Manager Graham Ward also felt congratulations for Jamie 'Sicknote' Bellingham were required as he actually managed to finish the game this week.

The 'Can of Coke' award went to Matt Flynn after being on the park for 5 minutes for miscontrolling the ball somehow.

It was a splendid effort from the whole team which warranted the celebrations in the changing room. These were reinforced with beer supplied by Graham Ward and Assistant manager Dave Lloyd.

Sandy will hope to take this good performance into their reaaranged fixture against Renhold Village on the 27th February 2010.  

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

3. Jamie Bellingham (7)
7. Kevin Fage (7)
8. Adam Jones (8)
15. Marcus Tait (7)
16. Adam Hales (7)
17. Danny Hoole (7)
22. Matt Gednay (7)
24. Graham Ward (7)
26. Brad Smith (8)


14. Matt Flynn (7)
20. Matt Baines (7)
30. Andy Brace (7)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Kevin Fage
1 x Andy Brace


Man of the Match:

26. Brad Smith


8. Adam Jones


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