Home Match vs Bristol Manor Farm FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 24 April 2010
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2009/10
Sherborne Town 1st
0-3 (Home Defeat)
- unlucky not to score
Sherborne Town's battle for survival is now out of their hands following a 3-0 defeat to Bristol Manor Farm.
The Toolstation Western League Premier Division hosts conceded twice in the opening six minutes with chairman Steve Paradise believing the players were too hyped-up for the occasion.
Sherborne now require Brislington to either beat or draw with Melksham Town on Monday night to beat the drop.
Paradise said: "We got the reaction that we wanted, everybody was okay and people were hyped up.
"We did not say much to them before the game because obviously we did not need to realise that this was undoubtedly one of the most important games in the club's history.
"We knew what we had to do and we told them to go out and perform they best they could.
"But we did not look like we were ever going to score - itt was one of those days."
The Farm were gifted an early lead when keeper Callum Antell uncharacteristically spilled a shot into the path of a visiting attacker.
They doubled their advantage minutes later when a player was allowed to meet a near post corner unpressured to head home.
Marc Caines brought a fine save from The Farm's keeper before they completed the scoring in the second half.
Paradise said: "We were nothing like we were at Welton Rovers and we could not control the ball on a hard surface. We were hyped up too much.
"Bristol Manor Farm had youngsters in with a point to prove and they were closing us down early, which meant we were releasing the ball too early and giving it away.
"As we were hyped up and things were not working we were getting on each others' back.
"If Marc had scored it would have been a different story but it was not meant to be.
"I told them afterwards to keep their heads up. We just were not good enough on the day for whatever reason."
Sherborne Town: Callum Antell, Rhys Baggridge, Keith Emmerson, Ollie Pearson, Aaron Mead, Jason Bond, Andy Martin, Steve Burton, Chris Luke, Tony Cunningham, Marc Caines. Subs: Ian Jenkins (for Cunningham), Sam Bowers, Nick Jacobs (for Bond).