Dendy reports return to the Knutsford Times!
At Mary Dendy Fields , Mary Dendy took on Sandbach Town , the league leaders from the Crewe & District League.
A focused Sandbach got off to a flyer scoring through Fraser Keena inside 34 seconds but Dendy were level seven minutes later when Matty Morris powered into the penalty area to fire home the equaliser.
The visitors took the lead again on the half hour with Keena again involved controlling the ball with his chest and volleying powerfully into the net for his second goal of the game . Again Dendy came back though as Martin Brunker was first to react when Rob Pierpoint’s fizzing shot crashed off the cross bar and ran loose. With both sides evenly matched it was going to be a momentary lapse of concentration that decided the game as it seemed to heading for extra time.
Unfortunately for Dendy it was goalkeeper Ryan Fallon with only four minutes of normal time remaining. Fallon had made several excellent saves to keep his team in the game but he badly misjudged a lofted free kick and could only parry the ball to Anthony Evans who gratefully poked the ball home. Dendy tried to press for the equaliser but Sandbach scored again to seal the tie three minutes into stoppage time. A long punt upfield by Simon Hilton running all the way through to Colin Hemmings who poked the ball home.
Mary Dendy 2 v Sandbach Town 4