West Wight FC 2 v 4 Sandown FC – Division One
Sat 17 August 2019
Score 0 – 3
A fine all-round performance in our opening fixture away to Ryde Saints gave us a well-deserved 3 points.
On a Sunny afternoon Sandown kicked into a very strong wind and started off the better side. Newly promoted Saints were playing the long ball which with a strong wind behind them made it tricky to defend at times, however the back three of Healy, Clifford and Iley managed the backline well. Sandown were on top for the first 45 minutes and had many chances to take the lead before Ben Field scored on 20 minutes to make it 1-0 after a very good move and some great football.
At half time we should have been 3 – 0 up, however it was pleasing to see us getting into those positions to make chances. All we had to do in the second half was to be more positive and take the game to them.
The second half started well for Sandown and it was noticeable from the whistle we were now on the front foot and the back line of Saints was taking some battering which resulted in a well worked goal on 47 minutes from Jake Lester. This early goal knocked Saints and with the front four of James, Lester and the Fields constantly pressing high up the pitch, with the 3 middle guys of Watkins, Butcher and Wade providing good support, Sandown were now well in control.
Chris Blow came on for Nathan James on 55 minutes, took the right midfield position pushing Ben Field to partner Lester up front. More chances fell to the feet of Sandown and after 60 minutes the game could have been put to bed, but for some fine good saves from Saints young keeper.
On 60 minutes Alex Breingan came on for Jake and after more good football we scored our third well worked goal on 67 minutes with Alex slotting past the Saints keeper. The pressure on the oppositions goal intensified but we just couldn’t find anymore goals.
Sam Coe came on with 15 minutes to go and slotted in well at full back, covering well needed.
3-0 was the final score, however it could have been 7 – 0 if we had been more clinical with our finishing, but you have to be in the right positions to get shots away, and we were, which is pleasing. Ryde Saints, although never looking like they would trouble us did get through our back line and we were lucky on a couple of occasions that their finishing was poor, meaning that Andy Payne was never really troubled. That said, you play what’s in front of you on the day and deal with each situation and we did that.
Overall the whole team played very well, got stronger as the game went on and gave us effort, which is all you can ask for, everyone won their individual and collective battles.
I’m not a believer in MOM because we are a team, but we will mention Butch’s performance which was at a different level. What was pleasing was that not only could we see this but people watching not connected to the club mentioned to me after the game how good he was over the 90 minutes. Well done Butch.
Well done lads, bring on Wed away to Northwood and another 3 points.