Sandy Reserves: Match Report v Wootton Village

Competition League - Division Four
Result Sandy Reserves 4-2 Wootton Village
Date Wednesday 13 April 2011
Kick Off 6.15pm

Match Report

Sandy Reserves entertained fellow strugglers Wootton Village at Bedford Road on a chilly April evening absent their manager Graham Ward who was away working. 1st Team manager Ian Hammett stepped into the breach for Wardy though to deliver his instructions and hopefully guide the team to a win for their gaffer.

Wardy had provided instructions on the team and with a full squad available there were plenty of options as Ian Hammett had five subs to choose from meaning that two people were going to miss out.

Sandy started the game really well and should of taken the lead in the first couple of minutes as Adam Jakes released Brad Dennis down the left hand side. Dennis then played a lovely ball into the box where Nathan Morris chested it down into the path of Reece Stratton, but Stratton fired his shot wide from ten yards out. Sandy then had the ball in the net shortly after as Dave 'Monkey' Harris overhit a through ball that bounced just in front of the visiting keeper. The keeper misjudged that bounce and the ball went over his head, Nathan Morris chased back with him, but as he put the ball in the net the linesman indicated that he had handled the ball... a dubious call at best!!

Despite the early pressure it was the visitors that took a shock lead, from a free kick in their own half. The free kick was long over the back four and the right winger nipped in behind Adam Jakes to lob the ball over the advancing Phil Cooper who had no chance. This seemed to inspire Wootton as they began to apply pressure to the home side, robbing them of the ball and forcing them into errors. only a couple of interceptions from Phil Beall and a couple of clearances from Phil Cooper kept the score at one nil.

Sandy pressed on though and found an equaliser from a free kick of their own. Brad Dennis swung the ball in from the left wing, Monkey got a little flick on the ball and Phil Beall was on hand to stab the ball home behind him. The game then ebbed and flowed as both teams looked for the next goal. Again it was the visitors that took the lead though as the ball wasn't cleared properly from a corner, and was whipped back in from the right flank where the Wootton forward met it with a near post volley and a splendid finish past Phil Cooper. 

The scores stayed the same until half time, but it wasn't through the want of trying. Reece Stratton was having an excellent game on the right flank winning several free kicks with his trickery and casuing no end of problems to the left back. Jay Pateman and Nathan Morris were combining well up front and Nathan should really of equalised as he was through on goal but delayed his shot long enough for the defender to recover and force him out wide and away from goal. Pateman was then flagged offside for a couple of very close decisions. The rest of the half though was a little disjointed as Sandy struggled to penetrate the visiotrs defence. Half time 1 - 2.

Manager Ian Hammett wasbn't happy with the ease that the visitors had cut through the home side during the first half so he made two changes bringing on Matt Baines and Dan Grinstead for Adam Jakes and Monkey Harris. Bainesy slotted into midfield to hold in front of the back four and Grinny moved into centre back alongside Phil Beall with Reece Pope moving to left back.

Staright away Sandy looked far more solid and dominated the half from the outset immediatley finding space and playing better football. Liam Evans and Reece Stratton were proving particularly strong down the right hand side and Brad Smith was proving far more influential in an attacking midfield role. Sandy should have been level early after winning a corner. Brad Dennis crossed it in finding Nathan Morris free 5 yards out, but he missed his header and shouldered the ball wide. Brad Smith then fired a shot wide after good work from the team again and Reece Stratton should have equalised after a mazy run where he turned the defender inside out 4 times but failed to shoot on any of the opportunities that arose before trying to square the ball.

It wasn't long though before Sandy were level, as Jay Pateman wriggled his way through the defence after a pass from Stratton and fired home into the bottom corner. It was no more than the home side deserved for the way that they had started the half and shortly after they took the lead as Pateman was this time brought down in the box after a lovely move and through ball from Brad Smith. The ref awarded the penalty and Smith stepped up to dispatch the ball past the Wootton keeper, although he did get a hand to it but couldn't keep it out.

Wootton did threaten occassionally but Grinny was solid at the back providing some composure and fight alongside Phil Beall and with Liam Evans covering in behind Phil Cooper was never really troubled. Sandy added a fourth with 15 minutes to go as Brad Smith again turned provider this time pulling the ball back to Nathan Morris who side footed the ball home past the visiting keeper. The scoreline could have been far more as chances went begging. Smith fired wide, as did Jay Pateman and then Dean Hill on as a late substitute shot straight at the keeper.

Sandy will be pleased with their second half performance and manager Graham Ward was happy with the result after being notified immediately after the final whistle. Final score 4-2.

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

2. Liam Evans (8)
9. nathan morris (7)
13. Reece Stratton (8)
15. Reece Pope (7)
21. Adam Jakes (6)
26. Brad Smith (8)
32. Jay Pateman (7)
32. Phil Beall (8)
34. Dave Harris (6)


12. Dean Hill (6)
20. Matt Baines (8)
33. Dan Grinstead (8)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Brad Smith
1 x Phil Beall
1 x nathan morris
1 x Jay Pateman


1 x Brad Smith
1 x Reece Stratton
1 x Jay Pateman

Man of the Match:

26. Brad Smith


34. Dave Harris


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