Home Match vs Bristol Manor Farm FC (TWLPD)
Wednesday 24 September 2014
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2014/15
Sherborne Town 1st
0-2 (Home Defeat)
Sherborne welcomed most sensible people’s promotion favourites Bristol Manor Farm to Raleigh Grove on a chilly but still night knowing they had to be at their best if they were to take anything from the game.
The game started in a frenetic manner with Manor Farm showing their attacking intent right from the first whistle through a Purnell effort that failed to trouble Smith in the home goal, next to try his luck against Smith was Sheppard but again he shot wide of the target. Farms best effort in the opening exchanges as Sherborne were forced onto the back foot fell to Ingram whose great curling effort just evaded the far post much to the relief of the home contingent behind the goal.
Following that first ten minute assault on their goal Sherborne grew into the game and Matt Day in particular was looking lively up front for the Zebras firstly seeing an effort go wide then being dispossessed by a great tackle from the Farm rearguard when it looked like he was in on goal.
Sherbornes Sam Farthing was lucky to escape a caution after he cynically bought down Payne who was making progress through the middle of the park, the referee choosing to have a word much to the disgust of the Manor Farm players and supporters! Hailston then shot from distance that went wide however the referee and his assistant saw it differently much to the fury of the home supporters who in turn let the afore mentioned officials know their feelings.
The 25th minute saw Sherborne create their best chance of the game and it came from a Morgan cross that fell to Ormrod, his miss hit shot looped up in the air for Farthing who was lurking at the far post but he couldn’t direct his header on target and Manor Farm escaped.
Manor Farm again began to have a good spell in the game Metters drove a shot just wide and Mills rose well from a corner only to see his header sail over Smiths bar. The breakthrough for Farm came in fortuitous circumstances as the defence looked to have Ingram well covered at Smiths near post however a couple of lucky ricochets saw the ball fall kindly for him to play a ball through to the back post where an on rushing Hailston gleefully poked the ball home to put The Farm 1-0 up in the 37th minute.
Sherborne kept battling as they always do and finished the half strongly gaining a corner although they couldn’t make it pay as the half came to a conclusion.
The Zebras started the second half as they ended the first driving forward looking to get back in the game firstly Cochrane rose well at the far post to send a header on target but into the hands of the commanding Clark in the visitors goal, Cochrane then followed that up by again getting his head on a Burton free kick only this time he couldn’t find the target and saw his header fly over Clarks goal.
Ingram was then in the action again following a free flowing move he got on the final ball but could not keep his shot down and it went over the bar. Manor Farm doubled their lead in the 57th minute and did it in fine style with some tricky wing play that saw a great reverse pass fall to Metters who made no mistake drilling a shot into the far corner of Smiths net, 2-0.
Sherborne never gave up the fight with Montacute and Mapletoft and Jacobs continually driving forward looking to set get the Zebras back in the game unfortunately they ran into a well organised Farm defence. Montacute was fouled by Ingram in the 69th minute who was then cautioned for a bit of petulance towards Montacute.
The game petered out with a flurry of substitutions, Morgan going of as a precaution following his return from ligament damage, Steve Friend came on returning from a recent injury as did Haydn Hodges who returned after a 3 game ban.
A deserved win for Bristol Manor Farm who were by far the best team Sherborne have played this year,Sherborne cannot be to disappointed with their efforts and on another day may have sneaked a goal that could have tested the resolve of the visitors.Man of the Match which was was difficult to pick went to Harry Montacute.