Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Stewartby Village

Competition League - Division Four
Result Sandy Reserves 3-2 Stewartby Village
Date Saturday 11 December 2010
Kick Off 2.00pm

Match Report

Sandy FC Reserves were back into playing football this weekend after a 2 week lay off. For the first time this season Graham Ward had a choice of 16 players to choose from. Back for his first game of season was Liam Evans who replaced Dan Grinstead (work commitments). John Shepard slotted into the middle with ever present Matt Gedney. Marcus Tait was given a boost to start the game with Jay Pateman and Dave Harris up front.

The five substitutes on the bench made it difficult for Graham Ward to see who would get a game. 

Sandy FC started gingerly and looked nervous in the early stages of the game. Several opportunities in the first 15 minutes fell to the visitors.The Sandy back four were working hard with Matt Gedney and John Shepard linking up well. Liam Evans slowly got into the game and made some great interceptions. Against a run of play, Stewartby Village scored a well taken goal in the 20th minute. Some sloppy marking allowed the right midfielder to collect the ball on the edge of the box who outwitted Phil Cooper to score a good goal. 

Slowly Sandy FC started to get into their stride and started knocking the ball about down both flanks. Marcus Tait started to get the ball more in central midfield. This enabled him to pass the ball out to Dan Hoole and Brad Dennis and create some good moves. Eventually, in the 35 minute, Sandy scored an excellent goal. The ball was moved out from midfield and played down the left to Brad Dennis. Dennis crossed the ball into the penalty box where Dave Harris tried to make contact, which fell to Jay Pateman who slotted the ball into the back of the net.

The confidence started to show with various chances been made. Dan Hoole cracked a great shot from 25 yards that was pushed over the bar by the goalkeeper.In the 40th minute, Sandy scored a second goal by Jay Pateman. Excellent movement in midfield allowed the ball to be placed through to Pateman who coolly slotted in his second goal.2-1. 

The second half got underway, and Sandy started well with good attacking and defending. Dan Hoole worked hard and started to get some decent crosses into the penalty area. The defence were working hard against two fast players who tested them each time they got the ball. In the 50th minute Dean Hill went on for an exhausted Marcus Tait. Brad Smith started to get the ball more often and a number of chances went begging. In the 60th minute, Matt Flynn went on for the injured Brad Dennis. Against the run of play, Stewartby Village got an equaliser out of nothing. Sloppy defending allowed the forward to score a goal from 8 yards. 

Good possession from the home team allowed a great goal to be produced to allow Jay Pateman to score his hat trick. 3-2.The ball was placed down the left hand side with some great work by Brad Smith. The ball pinged around the 18 yard area which allowed Pateman to blast a 15 yard shot into the top left hand corner. Sandy were back in the driving seat with confidence booming. MotM John Shepard got injured in the 75th minute, who was replaced by Matt Baines. The game was played at a great pace and Stewartby were looking to find another equaliser. Sandy stood firm and were deserved winners when the referee blew the final whistle. Accolades go to Jay Pateman and Skipper Matt Gedney.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

2. Liam Evans (7)
15. Marcus Tait (6)
17. Danny Hoole (7)
21. Adam Jakes (7)
22. Matt Gednay (8)
26. Brad Smith (7)
32. Jay Pateman (8)
34. Dave Harris (7)
50. John Sheppard (8)


12. Dean Hill (6)
14. Matt Flynn (6)
20. Matt Baines (6)

Goal Scorers:

3 x Jay Pateman


1 x Dave Harris
1 x Danny Hoole

Man of the Match:

50. John Sheppard


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