Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Renhold Village

Competition League - Division 3
Result Renhold Village 1-1 Sandy Reserves
Date Saturday 17 October 2009
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

Manager Graham Ward had a full squad to pick from this week and the performance reflected that choice. After a disappointing result last week against Stopsley Park, Ward was able to recall Adam Hales who had returned from Holiday and new captain Liam Evans from injury.

The returning players as well as better communication and shape ensured that the game was a tight affair as both sides worked hard to gain some supremecy in the contest. 

Following last weeks result the management team had held a team meeting at training to try and get the squad back on track and it certainly seemed to be working against a very strong Renhold side. Sandy worked and battled through the first half, but there were very few efforts on goal during the first period as both sides cancelled each other out. Half Time 0 - 0

The second half started much the same as the first, but a lapse in concentration between Dean Hains and Adam Jones in the centre of midfield allowed the ball to be played uncontested through the middle of the park. Renhold played the ball through and a forward ran onto the pass to slot the ball home past Phil Cooper in the Sandy goal.

This was less than Sandy deserved as up until this point they had looked relatively untroubled as their new look backline stood firm. Adam Hales was having a commanding performance alongside Matt Gednay at the heart of the defence and the return of Liam Evans added further strength and pace to the back line.

Halfway through the second half, Sandy were level. Danny Hoole cleverly switched the play from right midfield to Brad Dennis. Dennis cut back and crossed the ball wickedly into the 18 yard box to find Leon Bryan. Bryan then lashed the ball home with a powerful  strike which left the Renhold keeper with no chance.

Marcus Tait's came on as a substitute for the impressive Jamie Bellingham who appeared to be suffering with an illness. In the managers words the game went immediatley 'pear-shaped' for the Tait the likeable character as he fell over trying to make a clearance and also managed to get himself booked. To sum it all up and make a sad day for Tait he was then substituted back off the pitch for Reece Pope.

Sandy defended well despite the loss of the influential Bellingham for the last twenty minutes and they were unlucky not to get the winner.

Manager Graham Ward was pleased with a fantastic result and felt that it was a good footballing day out. He is now hoping that the team can take this excellent performance into next weeks trip to Westoning.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

2. Liam Evans (7)
3. Jamie Bellingham (7)
7. Kevin Fage (7)
8. Adam Jones (7)
10. Dean Hains (8)
14. Matt Flynn (7)
16. Adam Hales (8)
17. Danny Hoole (7)
22. Matt Gednay (8)


9. Leon Bryan (7)
15. Marcus Tait (5)
15. Reece Pope (7)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Leon Bryan


Man of the Match:

10. Dean Hains


15. Marcus Tait


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