Blue Square Bet
Published 18th July 2011
....night’s friendly with Ipswich Town.
The striker, who is on trial at the R Costings Abbey Stadium from Ridgeons League Premier Division side Mildenhall Town, played the second half as the U’s thrashed Biggleswade Town 9-2 on Saturday.
Sands twice went close to scoring in added time, seeing a header hacked off the line and an acrobatic volley tipped on to the bar by the goalkeeper.
And United manager Jez George could make a decision on whether to keep hold of the forward following the Tractor Boys’ visit.
"I felt for him a little bit because he was desperate for his goal," said George. "I thought he worked hard – he tried maybe a bit too hard at times – and was unfortunate not to score one or two.
"We’ve got to be fair to him because, at the moment, he’s taking time off work to be with us.
"We spoke last week, and we’ve said we’ll have another sit down and chat with him after tomorrow night.
"He’ll play some of the game and then we’ll see where we’re at."
If Sands does do enough to earn a contract or an extended trial, the boss will be challenging him to develop his all-round performance.
"You don’t expect him to be at it straight away," said George. "He’s working hard, he’s applying himself well and he’s improving.
"What he does in front of goal and the final third of the pitch comes naturally to him.
"He’s got to work on the things that don’t come naturally to him that you need at this level, rather than just being able to get on the end of things and score goals. I know that’s the job of a centre forward, but you need a little bit more as well."