Seaview FC Res v Sandown FC Res, Sat 3 October 2020 – match report
Seaview FC Res 1 v Sandown FC Res 2
October 3rd 2020
Isle of Wight Hardwoods – Renault Saturday League – Combination 1
Both teams come into this game winning 2 out of 3 games so far this season. Following on from that stat you’d expect a close game and neither team would disappointed.
It had been wet all week, when suddenly the rain stopped just in time for kick off.
It was a scrappy opening few minutes with both teams eager to win their battles. But come the 8th minute ex Seaview attacker Gavin Dicker collected the ball just inside in the opposition’s half and glided passed two midfielders before striking the ball beautifully into bottom right hand corner from 25 yards! (0-1)
The first goal in this game was always going to be important and we only grew in confidence after scoring it. We played some very attractive attacking football during the first half. But whilst doing that on this odd occasion around the 35th minute we was sloppy with the ball in midfield and lost it. Seaview put their striker through on goal, Glen’s only mistake during the 90 minutes was when he was slow off his line, he was beaten to the ball and the striker scored into an open goal. (1-1)
This was Seaview’s only real chance in the first half, we had made several of our own and controlled the game well with their GK playing very well. The Seaview manager after the game had said “first half you boys played us off the park” so you can tell which team were happier to be level after the first 45 minutes.
The first 10-15 minutes of the 2nd half anyone watching wouldn’t have been wrong in thinking the SANDOWN players were still in the changing rooms had we been aloud to use them due to COVID-19 regulations. We was poor and Seaview really upped their game after the break. We continued to rotate a hard working team throughout the game utilising the roll on roll off rule and when we brought young winger Monty back on in the 60th minute, we started to improve and match the home teams performance.
The game was now becoming stretched with both teams creating chances, end to end football but both GKs were determined to keep the score line down. Glen made some crucial saves during the 2nd half and was arguably our best player during the 2nd 45 minutes. But the save of the day came from the home sides GK in the 72nd when the ball came to out Liam on the edge of the box and he smashed it towards where the spiders live but somehow the GK tipped it onto the bar and out for a corner. The biggest crime of the day was the fact we scored from the resulting corner, Monty flicked on the in-swinging corner to leave Bleachy with a poachers finish from a yard out and continue his goal a game record so far this season. (1-2)
The final 15 minutes could have been less frantic for us if we had taken at least 1 other chance from the many we created. Our best chance after retaking the lead came when debutant James “Superman” Terry dribbled past a defender on the edge of the box and squared it to Smarty who had a poor touch and let the GK collect the stray ball when it should have been 1-3. However, that wasn’t the case and we defended well as a team as they were consistent with hitting the front 2 direct with their long balls but even though Ryan and Sam might have lost the height battle they won their fair share of headers. The final chance of the game come from a Seaview free kick from 40 yards out on the right-hand side, they put everyone forward but couldn’t get the goal they needed as fittingly MOM Ryan won the last header of the game deep inside his own area whilst under pressure from 2-3 View players before the final whistle.
This was a great win for us and Seaview really pushed us hard until the end and made us battle for the 3 points but we showed great character to see out the game.
DOTD – Gav Dicker, because he was 45 minutes late! Nothing to do with his performance and if it wasn’t for him being so late we may not of had anyone this week because everyone played so well!
MOM – Ryan Walker, this was Ryan’s first start since last season and with skipper Coe moving into centre back he took his chance to prove his worth! Very consistent over the 90 minutes and willing to put his body on the line for the team whenever needed and not afraid to get up and down whenever possible, their winger will sleep well tonight. This week gave us another tough choice for the award as everyone played well with Glen and Liam being pipped by Ryan on this occasion.
We now turn our heads to Oakfied FC at home next week, October 10th 2 o’clock KO! They’ve had a very tough start to the season so expect another close encounter!
UTS! WE GO AGAIN!
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