Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Stewartby Village

Competition League - Division Four
Result Sandy Reserves 1-4 Stewartby Village
Date Saturday 22 October 2011
Kick Off 2.30pm

Match Report

After a three match unbeaten run, Sandy Reserves approached the game with a positive attitude and they were keen to stay on track with recent games and their thoughts were on more points in the bag. It was always going to be a difficult task to accomplish as the well organised  Stewartby village side played some very good football. The visitors had two or three players that really stood out, which Sandy worked hard to make sure they marked them throughout the game, some silly mistakes or overlooked positions led to the early goal against us.


That didn't bother the play as the home side put together some tactical moves and pushed up field starting their our own attack. The Centre of midfield battle was like little and large as Ryan Gregory was left with marking down one of the tallest players on the pitch, but he did well and was able to keep pace with the larger opponent and make some winning tackles.


Extra hard work was called upon from the players as the strength of the opposition persisted during the game. Reece Stratton continued Sandy's recent injury plague as he landed funny on the right ankle which took him out of the game with 10 minutes to go in the first half, and then just as Tony Gregory was getting ready to see if Reece could rejoin the pitch Matt Baines pulled up with a hamstring injury and needed to be subbed.


Harry joined the match as left back, pushing Garth up onto the left wing and Brad in to the midfield. Reece was not able to rejoin, so Jack took his place on the right wing, nearing the half time whistle we held the game back at 2-0.


During the half time break some strong and true words were spoken during the rest, Flynn asked to come off as his knee was still giving him jip. Sandy had now again lost three starters to injury and were to rely on their full compliment of players again. 


Johnny Stratford took on for the team and pulled himself off the front line as the replacement centre back, leaving the upfront space for Anthony Roberts to join the pitch. Roberts made an immediate impact as an early attack earned Sandy a free kick, Brad Dennis stepped up with a superb ball into the box finding our players and a wonder deflection off the shin of Anthony Roberts as he converted the cross into a goal, Roberts first goal for Sandy. The crowd went wild


Sandy were back in the game with a fight on their hands, they continued to work hard which led to even more forward attacks, a ball came back out from goal heading toward Chris, poised and ready, Chris went for a left foot cracker, as he drew his foot back to launch the ball, the ball went under his foot and rolled toward the opposition.


As a team the home side improved their game but not without frustration between players. Phil Cooper was kept on his toes in the Sandy goal throughout the game earning himself man of the match.


Johnny's switched on attitude worked well on the back line, but was missed from the attacking line. Roberts headed forward toward goal with an easy option available as Chris was up with play in front of the goal; he went for goal glory only to miss as the angle was not available. The match ended at 4-1.


The spirit of the game was played as a credit to both teams; a well controlled match ref on the day was great to see.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

8. Chris Gregory (7)
13. Reece Stratton (7)
14. Matt Flynn (7)
16. Adam Hales (7)
16. Gareth Seldon (7)
21. Jonny Stratford (7)
29. Ryan Burgess (7)
31. Ryan Gregory (7)
50. John Sheppard (7)


19. Harry Barham (7)
25. Jack Brown (7)
69. Anthony Roberts (7)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Anthony Roberts



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