Match Report

Campton Reserves

01 May 2010   1.00PM   Division 1

Sandy 1st Team 1-2 Campton Reserves

Sandy’s final performance summed up their last few weeks and ensured they finished their season with a whimper rather than a bang. Having inexplicably suffered a loss of form over the last seven weeks their woes continued as the team once again failed to raise themselves and allowed Campton to gain a vital three points that improved their chances of avoiding relegation.


The game started well for the visitors and Craig Baker had a near post effort well saved by the Campton keeper in the first two minutes. Sandy tried to establish some dominance, but soon it was evident that the home side had more riding on this contest and they were first to every loose ball and winning almost every tackle.


Sandy still looked dangerous on the counter attack and despite Campton’s pressure they almost scored from a corner when Ian Hammett’s header was deflected wide by the keeper, only for Sandy to see a goal kick awarded much to their disbelief.


Other than that Sandy were poor and that is being generous. It was Sandy’s generosity that cost them the first goal as Campton’s centre back was allowed to pick the ball up and run past two players unchallenged before turning inside and curling the ball past Andrew Wren in the Sandy goal. It summed up the first half performance and Sandy couldn’t get back into it, despite this Wren was untroubled further in the sandy goal and Campton failed to create anything.


Despite a half time dressing down Sandy couldn’t find the performance that they needed in the second half although they did lift it for short periods. Although Sandy battled harder their final ball let them down constantly with all players guilty of poor passing.


It was only a matter of time before Sandy’s poor play ensured that Campton got their second goal and 20 minutes from the end they made the game safe. Sam King gave the ball away in the centre of the midfield and Camptons player advanced unchallenged to shot spectacularly from 25 yards past a helpless Andrew Wren.


Sandy did play one piece of good football which resulted in a goal as Charlie Seward slotted Dave Smith through for him to calmly finish past the advancing keeper. The only other moments of note fell to Ian Hammett, but his two shots from 18 yards were saved by the Campton keeper. Sandy did have a few free kicks from 24 yards, but they failed to hit the target with any of them.


It was a disappointing end to the season for Sandy, and many of the players will wonder what the off season will bring at the club with manager Daniel Bailey stepping down and moving on. The club will be looking for a manager to come in and keep some of the players at the club whilst adding some fresh blood to the squad with the hope of having a more prosperous season in 2010/11.


Watch this space during the off season for information on any developments at the club.