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Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Stewartby Village

Competition League - Division 3
Result Sandy Reserves 4-2 Stewartby Village
Date Monday 20 April 2009
Kick Off 6.15pm

Match Report

A good performance from Sandy ensured they took all three points against a struggling side from Stewartby. With a full squad to choose from Sandy felt that anything less than three points from this fixture would have been disappointing and apart from a couple of moments during the match Sandy always looked like winning.

Sandy started well as they tried to keep possession and control the tempo of the game on a hard bobbly pitch. They were frustrated, as although they were creating a few chances they failed to take advantage of the large amount of possession that they had. Dean Hains and Ian Hammett were working hard to create chances and almost carved open an opportunity as Dean broke down the left played in by Shane Pope only to scuff his cross when Hammett was free in the middle. Hammett and Hains then played a good one two through the middle that saw Hammett drag his shot wide from a tight angle.

Much of the play in the first half was narrow, but 30 minutes into the half a long ball out to the Stewartby right in behind Jamie Bellingham at Left Back was latched onto by the Stewartby winger and his mishit cross sailed over Matt Couldridge in the Sandy goal for Stewartby to take a shock lead. Sandy tried to respond straight away and pushed forward winning a corner. Chris Winn returning to the line up after an injury absence floated the ball in, it was accidently flicked on by a Stewartby player and Ian Hammett lost his marker and connected with a volley from 15 yards out that flew inches over the bar. As the half drew to a close Adam Hales crossed to the back post as Shane Pope directed the cross just wide after the Stewartby defender did just enough. Half Time 1 - 0.

Early into the second hald Sandy made two changes bringing on Steve Jakes and Brad Dennis. This moved Chris Winton up front and Dean Hains back onto the right of midfield. These tactical changes paid almost instant dividends as minutes later Ian Hammett latched onto a through ball from Steve Jakes to hold of the defender and slot it past the Stewartby keeper. 10 minutes later they took the lead, as Chris Winton played the ball into the inside right channel, Ian Hammett flicked it on and Dean Hains ran on to the ball to calmly slot the ball between the keeper and the near post. Straight from the restart it was 3-1 as Ian Hammett pressured the Stewartby centre back into an error and nicked the ball to the waiting Chris Winton whose first touch took him clear of the defence after which he dinked the ball over the on rushing keeper.

After the third goal Sandy seemed to take their foot off the pedal, and although they dominated possession they had very few clear cut chances as their final ball let them down. 15 minutes from time Stewartby pulled a goal back as they cleared quickly from a corner. Sandy had left them 2 vs 2 at the back and the striker got the ball before Matt Couldridge and Joe Stevens to slide it past them first time. 3 - 2. Stewartby had hardly deserved this goal as throughout the game the Sandy back line had been solid

This ensured a nervy last few minutes for Sandy, but the game was made safe 3 minutes from time when Dean Hains crossed for Daniel Bailey to sweep the ball home from 6 yards out.      

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

2. Liam Evans (7)
3. Jamie Bellingham (7)
6. Matt Couldridge (7)
8. Daniel Bailey (7)
10. Dean Hains (8)
12. Joe Stevens (7)
16. Adam Hales (6)
18. Shane Pope (7)
19. Andrew Wren (8)

Subs:

13. Steve Jakes (7)
20. Matt Baines (7)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Dean Hains
1 x Daniel Bailey

Assists:

1 x Steve Jakes
1 x Dean Hains

 

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