Shanklin FC Res 2 5 Sandown FC Res 12 Dec 2020
Sandown F.C. Reserves Team in the Isle of Wight Hardwoods – Renault Saturday League – Combination 1
County Ground, Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Sat 12th December 2020
Final score: Shanklin FC Reservers 2 – 5 Sandown FC Reserves
Shanklin FC Res 2 5 Sandown FC Res 12 Dec 2020 – match report
Shanklin FC Reserves kicked off the local Bay Combination 1 derby, defending the Lake end, and were under pressure from the start, with Goalie Adam Priest making a string of saves and blocks for the first 30 minutes, including an off the line clearance on the half hour.
Sandown midfielder, and ex Shanklin VYCC player, Liam Pearce increasingly dominated the centre of the park and prompted an away team attack on 40 minutes, winning a corner from which Ollie Smith scored after a goalmouth scramble.
Sandown then hit the bar and continued to press, with Shanklin counter-attacking to get a corner, with Finley Lloyd also scoring from close range after a goalmouth scrap, on 43 minutes, and the teams went in level at half-time.
The visitors kicked off and soon gained the lead through a Michael Smart header from close in, and soon went 3-1 up when Smart slotted home again from 12 yards, after 55 minutes, through a crowded penalty area.
Shanklin FC battled to get back in the game with Sandown having Smart booked for a foul on Shanklin full back Frank Luter on the hour, following the booking of (no 6) for pushing Shanklin FC subsitute Samuel Collings, who was Shanklin’s man of the match for work rate.
Ollie Smith scored a second goal, on 75 minutes, after a save by Priest, and Shanklin began to rally for the last quarter with Jamie Trowbridge scoring the goal of the game, with a left footer from 20 yards out.
A Matt Lambourne header from 10 yards caused the Sandown keeper to make a goal line save, and an injury to Louis Powell brought on the Shanklin sub 16 year old Daniel Drudge, for the last 5 minutes.
The match was petering out, when Sandown were awarded a penalty after an innoculous tackle, and Smith narrowly beat the keeper to complete a well deserved hat-trick with the final kick of the game.
Sandown manager said:
With no cups to look forward to this season these local Derbys are highlighted more as a fixture to look forward to and I’m sure the neutrals weren’t disappointed.
The first half was a scrappy affair with neither team creating a great deal of opportunities, Shanklin’s game plan was pretty obvious early on as they continually went long from back to front very quickly! It was nice to see some full bodied tackles going in from either side, referee done well to keep his cards in his pocket more often than not and no one could say that either team wasn’t committed to winning the bay derby! We was unlucky not to go 0-1 up when the Shanklin defender was nearly tangled in the net when clearing the ball “off the line”.
After a few words at half time the lads never looked back and we went on to perform like we’ve shown for most of the season, whilst giving Shanklin very little in regards to chances in the 2nd half apart from the wonder strike late on. We showed we wanted it more after the break and never looked like losing.
I have to give a special mention to the front 3 Smarty, Smithy and 16 year old Monty as they were crucial, in the 2nd half especially along with veteran Brad playing at left back!
The bay is yellow… for now at least.
UTS – We go again
At the time of publication forthcoming fixtures are not available, but please check the Sandown FC Reserves fixtures page for further details