Away Match vs Bristol Manor Farm FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 9 October 2010
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2010/11
Sherborne Town 1st
4-2 (Away Defeat)
Sherborne Town's "poorest defensive performance" of the season so far undermined a much-improved attacking display as Bristol Manor Farm appeared to run out comfortable winners.
The Toolstation Western League Premier Division visitors dominated large spells of the clash at The Creek, before two breakaway goals secured a 4-2 success for Farm.
First half goals from Andy Martin and Tony Cunningham ensured the teams went in level at the break only for the hosts to expose Sherborne's uncharacteristic defensive frailties after the break.
Spencer said: "Our performance levels were better and we had some really good spells in the game. Then at the end of it I can only summarise that is was our poorest defensive display that we have experienced.
"Their front two were a handful but only a handful if we gave them a sniff. We had opportunities to cancel that out but for whatever reason we did not.
"It was very disappointing to concede four goals, of which I thought the first three could easily have been avoided."
Cunningham fired an early warning shot at Farm as impressive Sherborne movement created the first chance of the game. He was unable to convert, but a similar move moments later saw the tall striker upended for a penalty duly despatched by Martin.
Five minutes later and the scores were level as the home team hammered home a spot kick of their own. A Farm attacker, free of his man, made a diagonal run in the box and was brought to ground by keeper Roy Emmerson.
The game swung further in Farm's favour when they took the lead before Sherborne drew level thanks to another flowing move.
Martin picked out Chris Luke with a 40-yard pass and the attacker in turn fed Cunningham. The former Bridport man controlled before hitting the net with his second touch.
Spencer said: "At half time I was happy with the performance and I just reminded the players of that need to keep hold of the ball.
"After a shaky two-minute start we totally dominated and created several chances right up until they got their third goal. That was totally against the run of play and was so disappointing because at 2-2 we looked like the only team likely to win it."
Sherborne allowed a long clearance to bounce and failed to win the second ball, allowing a Farm attacker to supply his strike partner with the scoring chance. The home team made sure of the three points with a minute to spare, netting following skillful work on the left.
"Overall it was a better team performance but we have got to keep faith with the way we have been playing, especially if our performances have been good, and not lose our defensive strength," said Spencer.
"I made some changes because I felt that not only did players need resting, but I needed to show people on the bench how important their roles were.
"We had the introduction of Harry Montacute who obviously through a lack of games needs match sharpness. However, he did show enough to encourage me that we have made a good signing."
Sherborne Town: Roy Emmerson, Harry Montacute, Jamie Manley, Nick Jacobs, Lee Clark, Andy Martin, Chris Luke, Steve Burton, Tony Cunningham, Kyle Chesterman, Danny Thompson. Subs: Phil Ormrod (for Cunningham), Sean Westlake (for Burton), Aaron Mead (for Montacute).