Home Match vs Brislington FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 14 December 2013
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2013/14
Sherborne Town 1st
5-1 (Home Win)
On a blustery afternoon at Raleigh Grove there was an air of confidence in the home camp following back to back victories for the first time since September.Marc Caines had a recurrence of his recent injury so was absent oncoming to replace him was Steve Friend. There was also a place on the bench for Marc Locke and Lewis Morgan both returning from injury. Manager Manly was also a named sub such was the slender size of today’s squad.
The game kicked off with Sherborne playing into the wind and it wasn't long before they took the lead after a great Matt Day run down the wing in the second minute, beating defenders for fun he hit an excellent ball across the box for the on rushing Steve Friend to smash past the Brislington keeper before he had any chance to react 1-0 and deep joy amongst the supporters!
Brislington immediately went on the attack from the kick off and had a good spell of pressure securing a succession of corners, although all coming to nothing as the Sherborne defence stood firm against sustained attacks.It took the brilliance of Smith in the home goal to keep the scores level on 19 minutes as a poor defensive clearance fell kindly to the attacking side who smashed a ball destined for the top corner before Smiths timely intervention tipping it over the bar for a corner.
It really was Alamo time for Sherborne as the wind was a dominating factor, but the defence that has been weak on occasions this year threw themselves at everything blocking shots and getting tackles in where required although Cochrane earned himself his customary lecture for one overzealous effort not to the match officials liking.
Sherborne managed to hang on and indeed finished the half the stronger most notably through Binding who had two efforts on goal on quick succession but both times never troubled the away custodian who watched them go to safety without fuss.
The second half started with a few tussles in the middle of the park and not a lot of goal mouth action, Cochrane was again involved on 10 minutes when he gave away a free kick in a dangerous area however it wasn't to be Brislingtons day as it was fired wide.
Sherborne took the lead for the second time in rather bizarre circumstances as the Brislington keeper struggling to kick into the strong wide fired a goal kick that was destined to go out of play for a throw however the Brislington striker caught the ball before it had crossed the line so instead of a throw Sherborne had a free kick which Wake fired in with pinpoint accuracy on to the head of Burton who powered it past the despairing dive of the Brislington keeper 2-1 Sherborne 59 minutes played.
Manley then made a change bringing back Lewis Morgan from injury to replace Friend and soon after Sherborne where again to add to their tally when Morgan played a neat little ball to Binding who jinked past two defenders to slip Day in,Day played the ball on for Farthing who kept a cool head and slotted it past the keeper 3-1 Sherborne! Soon after number four was to arrive as the hosts were now well and truly wagging their tails in the faces of the Brislington defence. Day burst through from the midfield area and smashed a shot past the beleaguered keeper sending the supporters behind the goal crazy with delight 4-1 80 minutes played.
The game was rounded up in superb style, although from a likely source when from a cross Ben Cochrane executed a super bicycle kick into the far corner of the net...... quite unbelievable! 5-1 and time was up.
A great performance by Sherborne and fully deserved three points afterwards in a crowded clubhouse Match sponsors "Last of the Summer Wine" picked out Nick Jacobs as their man of the match, however media corner picked out Sam Farthing.To be honest it could have been anyone of eleven today such was the great defensive performance in the first half that was followed by some superb attacking play in the second.