Home Match vs Brislington FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 30 October 2010
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2010/11
Sherborne Town 1st
0-1 (Home Defeat)
Had Saturday's clash with Brislington been a boxing match, it would have been awarded in Sherborne Town's favour long before the final whistle according to coach Neil Coates.
However, the Raleigh Grove hosts were left to rue a lack of incision in the final third as the Toolstation Western League Premier Division visitors took three points with a single strike.
It was the second time in as many weekends that Brislington triumphed over Sherborne, with the Bristol outfit progressing in the Les Phillips Cup seven days earlier.
Coates said he could not fault the players' commitment after the away team were restricted to just one shot in the game.
"The lads did everything that was asked apart from score," he said. "I thought we dominated the game and had loads of the ball, but we did not penetrate and get into Brislington.
"Defensively Brislington are quite sound and do not let in too many goals, but possession-wise, if it was a boxing match it would have been stopped.
"They hardly got into our half and when they did it was because of our problems because we gave the ball away."
The only goal of the game came on the hour, when a Brislington break saw an attacker found at the far post with a chip from the edge of the box. He chested down the ball, swivelled and fired beyond keeper Roy Emmerson.
"That was their only opportunity all game," said Coates. "It was really disappointing. We knew that we could beat them but we are just finding it hard to score.
"The final third is messing us up whichever way you look at it. We have got to give the forwards half a chance and that is what we were not doing. "In the second half we were huffing and puffing, but not really getting anywhere."
Sherborne Town: Roy Emmerson, Harry Montacute, Jamie Manley, Lee Clark, Chris Luke, Sam Vine, Steve Burton, Sam Jarman, Kyle Chesterman, Danny Thompson, Phil Ormrod. Subs: Sean Westlake (for Vine), James Thompson (for Ormrod), Sam Bowers.