Ryde Saints FC 1st v Sandown FC 1st, Sat 19 September 2020 – match report

Ryde Saints FC 1st Team v Sandown FC 1st Team
Saturday 19th September 2020
Smallbrook Stadium
2pm KO
Sponsored by CR Mortgages

Ryde Saints FC 1st v Sandown FC 1st, Sat 19 September 2020 – match report

On a warm day we travelled 6 miles down the road to play Ryde saints who started the season with a win over Carisbrooke.

With the average age of our team being 23 and again 90% of the players this season we knew playing an older, more wiser team like Saints would be hard. That said, they also had some youngsters in their squad which is pleasing to see. We started with the same team as we did a week earlier at Brading Town FC which is the first time we have done this in 15 months.

We kicked off the first half into the breeze which meant it suited our style of play in keeping it on the floor. We started the brighter and moved the ball around well and caused several issues for saints early on but could not capitalize.

Saints playing with the wind were using the long ball from the keeper well and putting pressure on our back four which we handled reasonably well, however, he home team started to get the upper hand and get on top of us which on 36 minutes culminated in a well-worked and deserved goal. 1 – 0 Ryde Saints.

Half time came and again, like last week, we found ourselves behind, but we were not fazed and knew that we had the skill and fitness to grind some result out of this game.

Ryde Saints FC 1st v Sandown FC 1st, Sat 19 September 2020 - match report

We started the better in the second half with Josh and Ellery combining well on the left-hand side and on 48 minutes came close to equaling. We continued to pressure and on 62 minutes with Ben Field put through on goal, Saints Danny Cowburn handled the ball stopping our attack. Although this was too far out for it to be deemed a goal-scoring opportunity Referee Hayward decided that it was a caution and Cowburn was dismissed for his second bookable offence.

We now had a man advantage and piled the pressure on. Two minutes after the sending off we got a deserved equaliser when Jordei Cook shot into the corner beating the out stretch keeper. 1 – 1 on 64 minutes.

Almost instantly Saints dug deep and attacked the Sandown goal where 3 minutes after the equalizer Jack Turner gave away a soft and silly penalty to give Ryde the chance to retake the lead. With Louis Riley already having made several good saves to keep SFC in the game, the bench was confident he could save his 3rd penalty of this campaign, and that’s exactly what he did, diving well to his right to keep the scores level.

Fair play to Saints, they didn’t sit back and pushed hard for the win with some good football at times especially from Sam Cant in midfield but the extra man and pressure proved too much and after a continued spell of good play, Sandown scored the winner on 82 minutes after Ben Field poked a cross past the keeper.

The last 8 minutes was end to end and Saints had one last chance to draw level on 89 minutes but they blasted a ball wide from 10 yards out.

Final score Ryde Saints 1 v 2 Sandown FC

A good game from all taking part and a satisfying win over a side that will cause some upsets this season with their desire not to give in. MOTM was Louis Riley for his exceptional goalkeeping and DOTD goes to Jack Turner for giving away a silly penalty 3 minutes after we got back in the game. (although Lee Jones came a close second with having to come off with back ache)

Squad: Riley, Mulholland, Page, Yates, Breignan, Turner, Oatley, Cook (1), B Field (1), J Field, Jones, James, Snow, Thomas

This Saturday we are at home to Vectis FC 1st at Sandown Sports Centre, in the Isle of Wight Hardwoods – Renault Saturday League – Division 1; more details on the fixtures page.

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