24 October 2016 09:39
Carlisle City 0 Sandbach United 3
Jacque Talbot reports from Gillford Park Stadium as Sandbach made it two successive victories in a convincing 3-0 win over Carlisle City.
Sandbach stated their intent in the opening minutes, Connor Sutton played a delightful give and go with Josh Lane whose pass to George Riley led to a chance. Riley's lashed shot was well blocked by a Carlisle defender.
Just after 15 minutes, Jamie Morgan found himself in space after a good piece of possession play by Sandbach. His cross was headed just wide of the mark by striker Daniel Bartle.
Ten minutes after, Sandbach won a free kick just outside the box. George Riley laid off the ball to Josh Lane who blazed the ball high over the crossbar.
A counter saw Josh Lane expertly bring down a cleared ball into his control. His clever switch to Daniel Bartle allowed the number 9 to have yards of space. The final shot was thumped over the bar.
On 38 minutes, attacker Connor Sutton came off the field with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Chris Jackson.
Sandbach were keeping the pressure on their northern rivals as Carlisle were clearly struggling against the Cheshire side's waves of attacks. However, despite the chances, the half ended goalless.
After the break on 46 minutes, Sandbach got their goal. Oumar Mballo smashed the ball using his left foot, from inside the box with the assist coming from striker Daniel Bartle, who neatly laid the ball into Oumar's path.
After the hour mark Daniel Bartle strode past two Carlisle defenders with ease, his shot was tame and safely caught by the Carlisle keeper.
Though Carlisle started to respond, it was Sandbach who were creating the clear chances. Substitute Thomas Watkin took a decent crack at goal from 30 yards outside the box but it was just wide.
Sandbach's second came on 80 minutes when Daniel Bartle napped the bouncing ball in front of the Carlisle keeper, coolly taking around the grounded goalie and taking no chances by dribbling the ball into the open net to make it 2-0 to the visitors.
The final goal came when Josh Lane hit a long ball over the top, Bartle took a great touch clearing the first defender and getting in front of the frustrated second defender who brought him down inside the penalty box.
On 83 minutes, Bartle made no mistakes with the penalty, burying the ball to the keeper's left hand side.
MOM: Kris Stockton – Cool, composed and measured. Stockton, despite a slight injury in the first half, battled hard throughout the match.
Sandbach United would like to thank Planet Environmental, RK Henshall Insurance Brokers, Johnson The Cleaners, The Ganges and Grenville Engineering for their support.