Ryde Saints FC Res v Sandown FC Res, Sat 26 September 2020 – match report

Ryde Saints FC Res v Sandown FC Res, Sat 26 September 2020 – match report

Ryde Saints FC Res 2 v Sandown FC Res 4
Pell Lane
Saturday 26th September 2020
2pm KO

SANDOWN reserves were away to Ryde Saints FC at Pell Lane in our first game since the Payne brothers decided to continue their playing careers elsewhere, we all wish them the best of luck.

We started the game shooting up hill against a winless Ryde saints side managed by player manager Ryan Lacey, but with it being so early on in the season we knew not to take anything for granted.

Two minutes into the start of the game and Ryde Saints got their best chance of the half when they played the ball through to Chris Fletcher who beat our GK Glen to the ball, but when he shot a combination of both our CBs cleared it off the line very well! But this was as good as it got for the home side in the first half.

The front four of Oli, Smarty, Monty and Gav must of had their Weetabix on the morning of this game as they were relentless at pressing the back 5 of Ryde Saints throughout. So much so that when the Saint’s GK rolled the ball out in the 10th minute these four pressed and harried their defence into a mistake, leaving Smarty to finish into an open net from 25 yards. (0-1)

In the 19th minute skipper Sam Coe was the architect of the goal of the game after some well worked passing through to the midfield Coe found himself in the Saints half, he followed this up with a delightful cross to Gav who finished with an equally great header. (0-2)

The next 12 minutes went by with us controlling the game apart from the odd set piece the Saints couldn’t get into the game and reverted to playing the long ball game, Glen found himself in good positions to deal with this and swept up well behind the defence. On the 31st minute after a late tackle on LB Brad 10/15 yards inside their half (the defender somehow not receiving a caution for this was a surprise to most of us). Louis took the free kick and with a very generous slice from the Saints player looped it over his own GK. The dubious goals panel have reviewed this and somehow awarded the goal to Louis. We finished the half off strongly (0-3)

The first 10 minutes of the 2nd half followed suit with us pressing them high up the pitch and our two wide men Smarty and Monty causing them big problems as we pushed for a fourth goal.

However the same can’t be said for the next 15 minutes. Conceding 2 poor goals that could have easily been avoided, first a free kick from 30 yards and the second directly from a corner. Glen knows he could have done better with both and showed character with a great save not long after this from 20 yards. (2-3)

The last goal of the game came around the 70 minute mark after the ball broke to Liam in the middle of midfield and after going past a now tired Saints midfielder he waited patiently to slot Smarty in with a well weighted pass, Smarty with only eyes for goal calmly beat the GK at his near post! (2-4)

After this the game became a bit scrappy at times with some late tackles going unnoticed by the referee in favour of both teams. He did well to keep the game calm after this as it could have been far worse with the Saints players mainly targeting 2 goal hero Smarty at every opportunity.

The only chance of any significance after this was Ollie P hitting the crossbar with a header from a Liam corner. The game finished 2-4

The lads played great football today and apart from a short spell in the 2nd half dominated throughout. The work rate across the whole squad was very high and helped us show our authority early on! We now need to push on again next week away to a strong Seaview reserve side who have also won 2 of their first 3 games.

Dick of the day – Glen, he pretty much nominated himself when he told us all that he should have had a clean sheet and knows that on another day these errors could have cost us points. We have a lot of quality in the GK position this year across the club with Rio awaiting to transfer from Vectis and Gammon to come back from injury so Glen knows he’s to up his game to keep his shirt!

MOM – MONTY!!! There may have been at least 3 or 4 nominees for this award but the maturity of this teenagers performance shows great potential for the future. The fact that Saints had to make a substitution after 15 minutes to save the full-back from any more embarrassment shows how good he was and continued throughout the 90 minutes. He was never afraid to get stuck in with the big defenders and gave his all for the team.

This Saturday (3rd Oct) the team are away to Seaview FC in the Hardwoods Renault Isle of Wight Saturday Football League – Combination 1