Mytchett Athletic 1-0 Sandhurst (10th Dec 2016)

Dec 10, 2016   //   by Clive Spooner   //   Match Reports  //  No Comments
10/12/2016 at Mytchett Community Centre
Mytchett Athletic 1-0 Sandhurst
Dan Redmond
Team: Tobi Daniels, Luke Usher, Dan Spooner, Dan Redmond, Will Yalden, Scott Calvert, Tim Manson, Tom Dutoit, Will Brown, Dan Cranstone, Liam Henchy subs Nick Bell
Man of the Match – Dan Spooner
Player of the Day – Tobi Daniels

It is always difficult to get a full strength squad together this time of year thanks to many illness doing the rounds and manager Nick Bell had 11 players available and had to name himself as substitute.

This was always going to be a physical encounter and not a game for the footballing purists but both teams have to be congratulated on a good game that was played in an excellent spirit, officiated very well and was decided by a goal in the 78th minute.

Mytchett ground out this result with many positives and on another day Dan Cranstone, Tom Dutoit or Liam Henchy would have made the result more emphatic but for the goal frame and some excellent goalkeeping.

Tobi Daniels in the Mytchett goal was outstanding and commanded his area superbly and the back three of Will Brown, Dan Redmond and Dan Spooner were the difference between the teams.

On 35 minutes the opposition broke through and actually managed to beat Tobi Daniels but rather than give up on the shot Dan Spooner pulled of an amazing goal line clearance that received plaudits from team mates and opposition alike.

This was not a game where the midfield could be anything other than workman like and Will Yalden, Luke Usher, Scott Calvert, Tim Manson and Liam Henchy all delivered the effort that was required.

With both teams playing such disciplined football it was always going to be a mistake that settled the game and in the 78th minutes a defensive header back to the opposition keeper was not controlled and unseen to most of the spectators and players it was Dan Redmond who had covered the length of the pitch to ensure the ball had crossed to line and was immediately back in his defensive position to celebrate.

On any other day Tobi Daniels would have walked away with the MOTM award but Dan Spooner put in such a commanding performance at the centre of Mytchett’s defence that the award went to Spoons.

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