East Cowes VicsBinstead FC FC 1 v 2 Sandown FC – pre-seaon friendly
31 July 2019
Score 1 – 2
Last night (Wed 31st July) we played our third pre season friendly, away to Binstead. Having won our previous 2 games against East Cowes Vics and Ventnor the lads were looking to move forward and produce another great display.
On a rather bumpy uneven surface Sandown started the stronger and played some good football. Setting up with an attacking formation of 3 4 3 the top three of Jake, Ben and Josh we were able to put pressure on the Binstead back 4, and after 20 minutes this pressure paid off as Karl Butcher scored a well worked goal from a Jake Lester through pass.
With the ball bobbling around and control proving somewhat of a challenge the Binstead game plan of the long ball to their front 2 strikers, both whom were well over 6’ tall paid off after 30 minutes when they equalised after a SFC mistake. That said, the lads kept themselves composed and continued on the game plan which was to play attacking football.
Half Time 1 – 1
With the instruction to keep the ball and make better decisions on what to do with the ball when we had it, Sandown started the second half where they left off. Josh Filed was now getting into the game a little bit more and proving to be a handful on the left-hand side and the midfield 4 gained in confidence in pushing forward to support the front 3.
Binstead has several chances in the first 20 minutes of the second half which produced a great save from Pete Thomas who was having a blinder in goal, a position we found out that he used to play in. Pete and Luke Healy’s talking at the back was invaluable and gave the younger players confidence to play out from the back when possible.
Like Binstead we were producing chances and had several near misses, a couple from Substitute Matt Leslie who had earned a place in the squad after a great summer of effort at training.
With time closing in and 10 minutes to go, and the pressure continuing to be pilled on the Binstead back 4, Ben Filed played a cracking ball through to Jake and with only the keeper to beat, he slotted it low into the bottom of the net to make it 2 – 1.
With 10 minutes to play and 2 – 1 up it was pleasant to see that we didn’t sit back and try to defend the lead, instead we pushed forward looking for that next goal.
Final result 1 – 2
The key to this result was the fitness of the squad. This proved so important in the final 25 minutes or so. It was noticeable that a large portion of the Binstead players were flagging, and with our fitness being better we were able to pile the pressure on them to earn a well-deserved result.