Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Riseley Sports Reserves

Competition League - Division 3
Result Sandy Reserves 7-1 Riseley Sports Reserves
Date Wednesday 06 May 2009
Kick Off 6.15pm

Match Report

A stunning performance by Sandy ensured that they picked up a convincing win against Riseley Reserves and give manager Daniel Bailey a birthday to remember.

Straight from the off Sandy assumed control of the game as they settled into some neat passing football in the middle of the park. Playing a 4-5-1 formation Mark Jennings, Dan Bailey and Shane Pope easily outnumbered the Riseley midfield which established an early domination of proceedings. 10 minutes in and Sandy were in front. Ian Hammett won a free kick just inside the Riseley half which Matt Baines floated wonderfully into the Riseley box for Andrew Wren to head the ball into the far corner. 5 minutes later it was 2-0 when a lovely one two between Ian Hammett and Mark Jennings allowed Ian through on goal, his low shot was saved well by the keeper only for Dean Hains to follow in and score his 6th goal in as many games. After 25 minutes it was three when Brad Dennis delivered a wonderful inswinging cross from the left flank which eluded all the Riseley defence for Ian Hammett to nip in, round the keeper and slot home.

Sandy continued to dominate the half as good hold up play by Ian Hammett allowed the Sandy midfield to pour forward and play off of him. Mark Jennings had an effort from 30 yards that looped just wide and both he and Andrew Wren had headers from corners that sailed over. Despite their dominance Sandy only got to the half time break 3-0 as they seemed to take their foot of the pedal somewhat.

The second half started as the first had finished, with Riseley trying to establish themselves in the game and Sandy struggled to get going again. Matt Couldridge was called into action to make a couple of good saves from long range efforts, but for the most part the Sandy defence looked untroubled as Matt Baines, Liam Evans, Jamie Bellingham and Andrew Wren marshalled the back line extremely well.

Long range efforts from Ian Hammett, Dean Hains, and Mark Jennings in the second half failed to trouble the keeper, as Sandy tried to add to their tally. With 20 mintes to go they finally did, when good closing down work from Mark Jennings allowed Dan Bailey to latch onto a defensive mistake, he turned his defender and then toe poked the ball into the far corner. within minutes it was 5 when Dean Hains won a freekick on the right. He floated it into the box, and saw it completely bamboozle the Riseley Goalkeeper who totally missed the ball, allowing Ian Hammett to run in and touch the ball into the empty net for a true poachers finish (much to the annoyance of one Dean Hains!!! Sorry Dean!!)

Shortly after Riseley pulled on back with a controversial goal as their forward looked like he handled the ball before putting it in the net from a corner.

With the clock ticking down Anthony Roberts on as a substitute had his finest moments for Sandy FC. He ran down the right and latched onto a through ball from Dan Bailey, only to be brought down in the box. He got up and dusted himself off before calmly slotting the penalty home for his first ever goal for Sandy Football Club. Well done Anthony.

Ian Hammett rounded off a fine performance by completing his hat trick 2 minutes from time, when a lofted ball from Graham Ward dropped behind the Riseley defence allowing Ian Hammett to hold off the defender and volley the ball home. Final score 7 - 1.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

2. Liam Evans (8)
3. Jamie Bellingham (8)
6. Matt Couldridge (8)
8. Daniel Bailey (8)
10. Dean Hains (8)
18. Shane Pope (8)
19. Andrew Wren (8)
20. Matt Baines (8)


24. Graham Ward (7)
69. Anthony Roberts (7)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Daniel Bailey
1 x Andrew Wren
1 x Anthony Roberts
1 x Dean Hains


1 x Graham Ward
1 x Matt Baines
1 x Anthony Roberts
1 x Dean Hains


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