Home Match vs Brislington FC (TWLPD)
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2014/15
Sherborne Town 1st
2-3 (Home Defeat)
Sherborne welcomed Brislington to Raleigh Grove on a calm but chilly night for this Toolstation Western League fixture which was rearranged from the previous Wednesday due to out FA Cup commitments.Sherbornes’ starting eleven were unchanged from Saturday victory over Shepton Mallet however the bench has Gary Bowles and Lewis Morgan returning alongside Elliot Mann and Joe Smeeton.
The game started in a somewhat frenetic style with neither side settling on the ball which meant passing football was at a premium, the first chance of note from either side was when Jacobs put in a delightful ball that the inform Ormrod will be disappointed he didn’t make more of as he headed it over Blammons bar in the 6th minute. A minute later there was some good football from Sherborne when Day and Jarman combined well to feed the on rushing Farthing but again the header sailed over the bar. Phil Ormrod drew a good save from Blammon after finding space in the box he drove powerfully at goal but Blammon was equal to it.
Brislington first chance arrived on ten minutes but they followed the generosity of their opponents by again heading over the bar.Brislingtons Plummer was making a nuisance of himself keeping the Sherborne defensive line on their toes, he was unlucky when he couldn’t quite get on the end of a cross flashed across the box by Peart.
The middle part of the half saw Brislington busy in the middle of the pitch but without creating ant chances of note on the Sherborne goal, just before half time they were made to pay for not making their dominance pay as Sherborne broke sharply a move that saw Jarman force a corner which Day sent in for Burton to rise well and power a header past Blammon in the Brislington goal.
The second half started with an injury which required treatment to the combative Farthing who once again ran all night for the Sherborne cause.
Soon after Brislington were level when Sherbornes poor defending came back to haunt them as Moss ran through unchallenged to hit a shot from 18yrds past the despairing Smith 1-1 and game well and truly on as Brislington continued to poor forward looking to gain the upper hand. Manager Manley made a substitution to try and chance things bringing on Bowles for Jarman on 56 minutes a ploy that paid almost immediate dividends when Bowles found himself unmarked at the far post to poke home a cross from Montacute two minutes later 2-1 Sherborne.
This didn’t deter the Bristol outfit and they came right back into the game putting Sherbornes fragile backline under pressure and it didn,t take long for them to get back on level terms when a loose ball in the middle of the half was picked up by Plummer who preceded to smash an unstoppable shot from distance past the flailing arms of Smith and send Plummer reeling away in delight.
Both side huffed and puffed looking for a winner and it seemed unlikely that the game would finish all square however just as we all thought both side would settle for a draw a mix up in the Sherborne defence between Smith in goal and Mapletoft led to Brislington winning a corner which was duly delivered to the back post where LLana rose to nod the ball back across Smith goal and into the net 3-2 Brislington and little time for Sherborne to get back into the game.
At the final whistle Brislington were obviously delighted to end Sherborne unbeaten start to the season. Although Sherborne were never going to go the whole season unbeaten to lose in the manner they did was very disappointing in front of another great crown of 102.