Seaview FC Res v Sandown FC Res, Sat 3 October 2020 – match report
Sandown FC Res 4 v Sandown FC Res 0
October 10th 2020
Isle of Wight Hardwoods – Renault Saturday League – Combination 1
We came into this game with confidence on the back of two away wins at Ryde Saints and Seaview respectively. Oakfields form may not have been as good but they had a very difficult start to the season and still had an impressive 3-3 draw with ECSFC reserves so we knew they could cause us problems.
The game started with us dominating possession and rarely letting Oakfield have much of the ball at all. As in previous games the front four were too hot to handle as Dicker was consistently finding himself in pockets of space to receive the ball and cause problems for their defence.
The first goal of any game is always important but the first goal in this game was a piece of genius from PEARCE as he saw the goalkeeper a mere 10-12 yards of his line, he decided this was an opportunity to score as he hit it on the half volley from 45 yards out as ball flew over the 6″2 keeper. PEARCE may have been more surprised than anyone else but his finishing has been good in training, just not from them distances. (1-0).
From this point on we never looked back! Continuing to get the ball forward we found smarty down the left and as he skinned the full back (not for the first and last time) he was tripped and the penalty was correctly given. Smarty’s most intelligent decision of the day was when he quickly handed the ball to Oli, or so we thought! Oli’s penalty was smartly saved down to the keepers left and tipped onto the post, it then rolled across the goal line onto the other post and back out to a goalmouth scramble. Oakfield partly cleared the ball but only as far as Leslie as he hit a wonder strike from 25 yards going in off the post! Great goal! (2-0). The Oakfield defender and skipper came off injured shortly after and he was crucial to them as it could have been more before the half finished.
We came out in the 2nd half knowing we’d not played well after the break for the two weeks previous, so we knew we had to start strong again and with some fresh legs and continued rotation in the team we did this very well. We got a number of corners early on in the half as we peppered the Oakfield goal, the keeper was dominating his area well from the set pieces but on this occasion, he was beaten to the ball by half time substitute PARKINSON Who bundled the ball over the line. At the time we weren’t sure who got the final touch but Parkinson was asked if he scored by first-team manager Barrie after the game and his response was “oh yes, yes, yes!” So who am I to say otherwise. (3-0)
The final goal of the game was the most well-worked and after smarty rode another challenge from the fullback and left him behind (again) he used his quality to find a surprisingly pacey striker in BLEACH as he coolly side-footed the bouncing pass around the on rushing keeper. A tidy finish from Tom “goal a game” Bleach as he continues his record for the season. (4-0).
The game was over as a contest well before the final goal went in but the lads continued to play passing football and controlled the game throughout the 90 minutes without ever really giving their opponents any clear cut opportunities to score. The best part of this performance was the maturity in the 2nd half to keep the ball and pass it around a tired Oakfield team and more importantly, keep a clean sheet for the first time this season!
MOM – SMARTY! He’s been a joy to watch and manage in the 3 games we’ve been involved in, always putting a shift in for the team and another great game today! He’s been in the running for MOM every game so far that we’ve been in charge but only narrowly missing out to other impressive performances in the squad. However he was quoted in saying ” I’m just happy we’re winning” and that’s the feeling all the lads have at the moment but Saturday will be the biggest test so far, we’ll see how far we’ve come and surely Smarty is due a bad game now, ain’t he?
DOTD – OLI BROWN! Missing the penalty and as we had a new forfeit for the award he was delighted to wear the “bad boy hat”. Oli did save the blushes of Gav by missing the penalty and collecting the award because Gav tried his hardest to win it when he was through on goal and a very poor touch let him down to make it 5-0.
This win takes us 2nd in the league and only behind to Northwood who we conveniently play Saturday away at the Plessey Club. It’s early on in the season but this top of table clash could be very crucial come the end of the season. Come along and support the lads, I’m predicting a few goals. 17/10/20 2 o’clock KO @ The Plessey Club (Cowes).
UTS! WE GO AGAIN!