Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Lea Sports PSG Reserves

Competition League - Division Four
Result Lea Sports PSG Reserves 0-5 Sandy Reserves
Date Saturday 23 April 2011
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

Sandy Reserves took the journey down to mid table Lea Sports PSG Reserves looking to build on their good end of season form of two wins from their last three games.

Forced to make changes due to a shortage of players Manager Graham Ward called upon first teamers Ian Hammett, Phil Beall and Shane Pope to bolster his side, with Beally and Pope in at centre back and Hammett playing wide on the left. Jay Pateman was rested to the bench as he was struggling with a slight hamstring strain and Wardy wanted him available for the final two games.

The tone of the afternoon was set in the opening minutes as a flowing move down the left flank won the visitors a corner. Hammett swung the corner in and Beally got in front of his defender to head the ball goalwards, only a good save from the Lea Sports keeper keeping the scores level. This signalled the dominance that Sandy were to have over their hosts in the first half as a raft of chances were created.

Hammett should of opened the scoring shortly after as Liam Evans drilled in a cross to the far post, but Hammetts header under pressure went just wide. Brad Smith was excelling in the centre of the park, winning the midifeld battle alongside Marcus Tait allowing both of them to spread the ball wide to both Hammett on the left and Adam Jakes on the right. Reece Stratton and Nathan Morris were running the channels well upfront and creating space for the midfield to work with and this ensured that Hammett and Smith were involved on a regular basis. Hammett almost opened the scoring straight from a corner as he curled one into the back post, only to see the defender head the ball onto the post and away.

Brad Smith then linked well with Hammett, playing a neat one-two to burst into the box. He collected the ball, beat two players and then curled his shot towards the bottom corner only for the keeper to somehow get across and save it. Morris and Stratton also had chances from range but couldn't test the keeper and Tait also had a long range effort sail wide. Phil Cooper in the Sandy goal was a virtual spectator for the most part as the defence in front of him played solidly. Phil Beall was enjoying stepping forward and a typical Lucio like burst from the centre back launched Sandy on the counter attack. He played the ball wide to Hammett and the continued his run into the box, where Hammett found him with the return pass. Beally attempted an audacious turn, then stabbed the ball goalwards, hitiing the post. THe rebound fell straight to him, but he just fell over and in the chaos Nathan Morris pounced but somehow managed to hit Beally with his goalbound effort allowing the home side to remain level. Hammett then had a great opportunity to open the scoring, but his shot was well saved by the Lea Sports keeper.

It was truly amazing how the scores remained nil nil. Shane Pope was also getting the opportunity to come forward for corners in the first half and as one corner was cleared right to him he fired a curling left foot shot back in from 25 yards out only to see it curl agonisingly past the top corner. It was Pope though who created the first goal as again a Hammett corner was cleared straight to him, this time he elected to cross and found Nathan Morris who headed home from two yards out. This goal was no more than the visitors deserved and it should of been about five by the half as again players missed good oportunities. Half Time 1-0.

Sandy knew that the next goal could be crucial and although they started the second half on the back foot the hosts never really troubled them as both Liam Evans and Reese Pope looked solid in the full back positions and Beally and Shane looked strong at the back. The heat was starting to take its toll on both sides as they gave the ball away regularly for the first ten minute of the half until a moment of magic from Reece Stratton made the scores two nil. Hammet went on run down the left after being released by Phil Beall, but he was tackled well by the defender. The ball broke to Stratton on the right hand side of the box, and he cut inside before firing a left footed shot past the keeper from 18 yards out.

This was to be Strattons last involvement in tha game as his hard work was rewarded with a rest and Jay Pateman came on up front. Sandys third goal came shortly after as Marcus Tait released Hammett down the left, Hammett moved into the box and then cut the ball back perfectly into the path of Brad Smith who fired home from the edge of the box with an excellent strike. The visitors were now rampant and pushed forward eagerly for more goals. Marcus Tait was replaced by Matt Baines in the centre of the park providing some more fresh legs.

Phil Beall was still bursting forwards at every opportunity and he set up the fourth goal as he committed two defenders and then poked the ball through to Nathan Morris who had a clear run in on goal from the halfway line. He made no mistake and calmly slotted the ball home past the home keeper to get his second goal of the afternoon. With twenty minutes to go Anthony Roberts was given a good run out and he made an instant impact down the right winning a corner and then firing a shot into the side netting. It was Roberts who created the fifth goal as He sped down the right and fired a low cross into the box, the ball was missed by Nathan Morris, but Hammet was there at the back post to slot the ball home.

Again Phil Cooper had been a spectator for most of the half and looked destined to keep a clean sheet without having to make a save. He did have one little moment of excitment where he was beaten by the bounce of the ball. He couldn't quite rein the ball in, but luckily with Cooper on the floor the ball didn't quite fall to the Lea Sports striker and Phil Beall nipped in to clear the ball with the help of Liam Evans.

In the closing minutes of the game the home side had one last chance to pull a goal back, as Brad Smith was harshly adjudged to of committed a foul when he clearly won the ball. despite being the lat man as well the ref chose to not send him off, which seemed strange after awarding a freekick. From the resulting kick the home side hit the post beating Cooper, but again the ball rebounded away to safety rather to a Lea Sports player for a tap in.

Nathan Morris did almost make it six, when he should of squared to Pateman and Anthony Roberts also had an effort that the keeper tipped away for a corner. Despite this though there was to be no more scoring and Sandy managed to pick up their third win in four games and move wel clear of the foot of the table. Final score 5-0.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

2. Liam Evans (8)
9. nathan morris (8)
13. Reece Stratton (8)
15. Marcus Tait (8)
15. Reece Pope (8)
18. Shane Pope (8)
21. Adam Jakes (8)
26. Brad Smith (9)
32. Phil Beall (8)


20. Matt Baines (7)
32. Jay Pateman (7)
69. Anthony Roberts (7)

Goal Scorers:

2 x nathan morris
1 x Brad Smith
1 x Reece Stratton


1 x Shane Pope
1 x Anthony Roberts
1 x Phil Beall

Man of the Match:

26. Brad Smith


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