Carisbrooke FC 1st v Sandown FC 1st
Sat 10th October
Final score 4 – 3
Carisbrooke FC 1st v Sandown FC 1st v , Sat 10 October 2020 – match report
What do an injured goalkeeper in the warm up, 2 injured players, 2 not available, 7 goals, missed chances, poor defending and a bomb crater in a goalmouth all have in common? Answer! Grassroots football.
On Saturday we visited bottom of the table Carisbrooke United FC who had nothing to lose and plenty to gain by putting in a fighting performance and they didn’t disappoint their manager. From the first whistle, Carisbrooke harassed and closed down our players who were trying to play football which resulted in the long ball being played too many times. This was well defended by their 6ft plus defenders and it took Sandown 15 minutes to settle. Once we did we looked the more dangerous and on 20 minutes after a good move down the right Lee Jones slotted in to make in 1 – 0
Sandown continued to pressure and shots from Ellery Snow (21 min) and Lee Jones (22 min) which should have been converted and Jordie Cook (26 min) well saved, should have buried Carisbrooke.
Carisbrooke continued to pressure and then on 37 mins the softest of shots got lost in the bomb crater and wrong-footed the SFC stand-in keeper. A scramble took place and the GK punched the ball off the line, Carisbrooke appealed but the referee waved play on. Protests were heard so the referee went over to our lineman who confirmed that it had gone over the line. Carisbrooke players and management applauded the SFC linesman for his honesty (remember that comment) 1 – 1
Carisbrooke were now riding high and pushing our back 4 … and after 43 minutes they got their reward with a well taken shot into the top corner.
HT 2 -1
The second half started much as the first finished, Sandown trying to play football and Carisbrook playing route one football. On 47 minutes Matt Oatley shot narrowly missed the goal and Sandown seemed to be getting on top. A long ball on 52 minutes which was not defended brilliantly was met by the Carisbrook forward who shot from some distance and somehow found the back of the net. 3 -1
On 60 minutes Josh field went close with a header and 70 minutes the keeper pulled off a good save from an Ellery Snow shot.
On 80 minutes with Carisbrooke under great pressure Alek Breignan pulled a goal back to make it 3 – 2.
2 minutes later after some good football Josh Filed was put through with the keeper to beat until the play was stopped by the linesman flag being raised for an offside. This was disappointing as it was clearly not offside, even one of their supporters said it was embarrassing, it’s an honesty thing!
That said, Carisbrooke were still pushing and taking the game to Sandown, and after a foul on their forward by Matty Oatley some 20 yards out was converted to make it 4 – 2, the Alex Breignan second goal on 84 minutes was not enough to earn Sandown a point.
We cannot have any complaints. Despite the pre-match setbacks we still had the ability to win but Carisbrooke deserved their 3 points overall. It proves yet again that if you don’t take your chances you can’t expect to win.
We are still a young side and will continue to give the youth opportunity, but we have a lot to learn in a league where you have to be tough and reliant.
Next week we are home to Northwood St Johns FC 1st, Sat 17 October 2020, – Hardwoods Renault Isle of Wight Saturday Football League – Division 1- more details on the fixtures page.
UTS – We go again