Sandhurst Town FC 1 Cove FC 2By Tony Dean
February 23, 2011
The Fizzers five-game unbeaten run came to an end at Bottom Meadow on Tuesday night at the hands of local rivals Cove in the Combined Counties Premier Division.
Two breakaway goals gave Sandhurst’s near neighbours all three points in a competitive and highly-entertaining game.
The Fizzers started brightly with early chances falling to Louis Hibbert and Vinnie Bond.
The visitors’ first real chance on goal came on 30 minutes when Fizzers keeper Chris Baker was called on to make a fine save.
However, minutes later, against the run of play, Cove countered and scored a goal that was hotly contested with Sandhurst claiming an offside in the build up.
This seemed to distract the home side and Cove slowly edged themselves back into the game.
After the break Cove made it two with another breakaway as the Fizzers again fell victim to their attacking style of football.
Sandhurst immediately upped their game and missed a number of chances before they were finally rewarded on 75 minutes when James Mepham headed a ball across the goal for strike partner Vinnie Bond to convert at the near post.
The hosts then laid siege to the Cove goal with Liam Eagles hitting the cross bar and Jon palmer forcing a good save on 85 minutes from the Cove keeper.
There then followed a number of goalmouth scrambles, but as Sandhurst failed to capatalise, Cove hung on to bag all three points.
Sandhurst boss Dean Thomas was less than impressed with the result.
He said: “The strong performance from the lads deserved more and showed up a number of midfield frailties that need to be addressed if we are to support our attacking style of football.”
The Fizzers are at home to Horley Town on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Sandhurst Town: Baker, Jannaway, Millerick, Rapely, Eagles, Thomas, Farrely, Thomas, mepham, Bond, Hibbert. Subs: Palmer, Hogston, Watson.