Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Gardeners Arms

Competition Friendly - Pre Season Friendly
Result Sandy Reserves 1-1 Gardeners Arms
Date Monday 17 August 2009
Kick Off 6.30pm

Match Report

After a disappointing result against Hobgoblin Old Boys, and the late withdrawl of several players Sandy produced a far more convincing display against the Gardeners Arms, in a game that they could of won.

After a shaky start in which Sandy let their opponents into the game, they grew quickly in confidence. Despite being under sustained pressure at the back for the first 15 minutes it was Sandy who had the best chance to take the lead. A long ball upfield from Keeper Phil Cooper caused confusion in the Gardeners Arms defence, Ian Hammett latched onto the kick and with the keeper advancing tried to lob him. If anything Hammett caught the ball too well and it sailed over the bar as well as the keeper.

The Gardeners arms team were pushing forward at every opportunity and Adam Hales and Graham Ward at the heart of the Sandy defence had their work cut out trying to contain the Gardeners arms forwards. Phil Cooper made a couple of good saves during the period of pressure to keep Sandy in it.  Sandy again though almost took the lead, when from a Shane Pope throw in, Ian Hammett robbed the Gardeners arm centre back of the ball and broke free of the defence. With the defence closing in, Hammett shot from outside the box, sending the keeper the wrong way, but to his and his teams dismay, just as the ball was rolling in it bobbled on a divet which took it a hairs breadth wide.

To rub salt in the wound the Gardeners arms took the lead shortly after when their centre midfielder found himself free on the edge of the box. He wasn't closed down quickly enough and his powerful shot beat Phil Cooper in the Sandy goal. Half Time 0 - 1.

Sandy started the second half strongly, putting together some excellent moves as they tried to get back into the game. Marcus Tait had a shot well saved 15 minutes in, the keeper fumbled the ball but the Gardeners arms were able to scrappily clear their lines. Phil Cooper kept Sandy in the game with further string of fine saves, and at one point almost seemed to be single handedly keeping the opposition at bay, most notably with an excellent triple save.

Sandy's better play was rewarded with fifteen minutes to go, when some good play down the right by Adam Hales, saw him deliver a good ball into the box. Reece Pope flicked the ball into the air, and Ian Hammett snuck in at the back post to head home unmarked. Final Score 1 - 1.

Manager Graham Ward and Assistant Dave Lloyd felt that overall it had been a good display by the team, and a fair result.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

2. Liam Evans (6)
12. Dean Hill (7)
14. Matt Flynn (6)
16. Adam Hales (8)
18. Shane Pope (8)
24. Graham Ward (6)


15. Marcus Tait (7)
15. Reece Pope (8)
20. Matt Baines (7)
30. Andy Brace (7)

Goal Scorers:


1 x Reece Pope


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