Away Match vs Brislington FC (LP Cup)
Tuesday 25 March 2014
Les Phillips Cup 2013/14
Sherborne Town 1st
3-1 (Away Defeat)
Sherborne arrived at Brislingtons Ironmould Lane ground for this Les Phillips Cup quarter final tie without their ace front row pairing of Marc Caines and Matt Day,in form Gary Bowles was also cup tied.In their place was Tony Cunningham Steve Friend and Ollie Wake.Raiff Plant and debutant Luke Jackson were keeping the bench warm alongside Manager Manley.... if things got desperate!
The match kicked off in light drizzle making conditions slippery under foot and Sherborne were first out of the traps heaping early pressure on the Brislington goal, Friend and Farthing combining well to set up Jacobs whose fine strike at the far post was well saved by the Brislington custodian.Soon after their second chance fell to Cunningham who glanced a header onto the foot of the post getting on the end of a great cross from Morgan.
Brislingtons first chance came after Binding was penalised for handling the ball just outside the Sherborne area,the well struck kick had Smith scrammbling across his goal as the ball flashed wide to go out for a goal kick.Sherbornes next chance came about in fortunate fashion as Friend forced his way down the flank to cross that turned into a shot which the home keeper had to be alert to gather.
The referee then made his mark on the game first booking Wake for a high tackle and then booking the Brislington player for his reaction.Brislington were easing themselves into the game around the 20th minute of the game and nearly broke the deadlock on 23 minute when Cochrane was caught on the edge of his own area leaving the Brislington striker clean strike on goal which smith did exceptionally well to get down to and turn around his post for a corner kick.
The stalemate was finally broken in the 29th minute when Morgan fouled the Brislington winger out wide, the free kick was flashed across goal and with the Sherborne rearguard failing to clear their lines Plummer was on hand to tuck the ball home 1-0,not for the first time this season one was quickly to become two when Wakes' misguided a back header into the path of Gingell who gleefully excepted the chance to slide it past Smith 2-0.
Sherborne heads remained high despite this set back and Cunningham inparticular was on the end of some rough treatment from the Brislington midfield,the referee again brandishing cards as if he were at a wedding, Morgan flashed in one of the free kicks which Cochrane got on the ned of to smash a header against the Brislington post.Just as half time arrived the referee had time to get one last caution in before he bought a close to proceedings, this time it was Farthing although what it was for is anybodies guess!
Sherborne started the second half as they did the first totally dominating proceedings although not really creating anything to trouble the home keeper, Burton was fouled inside his own half which Binding took a dislike to and earnt himself a caution for giving the man in the middle some advice!
The lively Friend was working hard up front constantly hassling the Birslington backline eventually creating a chance for Binding who drove an effort on goal that was cleared on the line for a corner,Morgan swung the corner in at pace which Burton nodded down for Jacobs to poke home 2-1 game on.
Raiff Plant came on for the tiring Cunningham on 25 minutes as Manley looked for something different up front to get his side back on levels terms,unfortunately this week it never worked out to be the case as Brislington broke for and a great ball over the top of the defence for Lambert to run onto and lift over the advancing Smith 3-1 and game over.
A bright note for Sherborne was the substitution of Wake making way for Luke Jackson to make his debut and he had a solid last 15 minutes showing up well playing with composure that bodes well for his future,A half that Sherborn had dominated ended with Cochrane drawing a great save from the home keeper as Sherborne continued to fight until the end.
A 3-1 defeat and exit of the Les Phillips cup that Sherborne will justly find harsh on the night as they dominated the match for large periods, although it's all about scoring goals and Brislington took the chances well.