Away Match vs Longwell Green Sports FC (TWLPD)
Wednesday 3 March 2010
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2009/10
Sherborne Town 1st
0-3 (Away Win)
- a colossus at the back
Defensive resilience and clinical attacking characterized Sherborne Town's 3-0 success at Longwell Green Sports.
Mickey Spencer's team secured their first clean sheet of the season as the manager handed debuts to Yeovil Town loanees Rhys Baggridge and Rob Clowes.
Their inclusion paid dividends for the visitors in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division as Clowes opened the scoring.
Scorer then turned provider for Marc Caines to double the advantage, before Andy Martin made sure of the result from the penalty spot early in the second half.
Spencer said: "The inclusion of the two Yeovil lads made a noticeable difference, who I thought acquitted themselves really well.
"It was a great goal from Rob, who was playing out of position. But I knew that with his fitness and engine he would cope.
"Rhys in defence gave us that extra aggressive edge that we needed and he seemed to bring the best out of Aaron Mead, who had a colossal performance."
Clowes drilled the ball into the net on eight minutes after a ball from the right flank caused confusion among the Longwell defence.
The hosts had chances to clear before Caines poked the ball to Clowes just inside the box to finish.
With 25 minutes on the clock Sherborne were two ahead when Caines beat the offside trap to race on to Clowes' well-weighted ball over the top.
The striker managed to control the ball and knock it past the advancing keeper.
Five minutes from the break Mead prevented Longwell from testing Sherborne keeper Ashley Knibbs as he diverted over the crossbar a fizzing shot.
Soon after Caines was denied a second goal of the evening as he took Nick Jacobs' pass into the box before bringing a fine diving save from the keeper.
With the second half barely started Sherborne had made sure of the points with Martin converting a penalty.
Steve Burton won the ball back in the box before being felled himself. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
As Longwell fought back, Sherborne dug in, with a combination of the goal-frame and solid defending keeping out the hosts.
Spencer took particular pleasure in the clean sheet, but said his squad would not be dining out on the win.
He said: "Probably the most pleasing thing was that we won it convincingly by keeping a clean sheet.
"When they had some strong phases in the game we did not concede, which we have been guilty of in the past.
"Now we know what it is like to keep a clean sheet and win convincingly. Now it is what we do on Saturday (against Radstock Town).
"The three points are out of the way and the players need to remember what it was like to fight for a clean sheet and score when we dominate.
"Our attack worked very hard and Tony Cunningham played another maturing role up front.
"It is very encouraging when we have got such a strong bench as well."
Sherborne Town: Ashley Knibbs, Aaron Mead, Ollie Wake, Rhys Baggridge, Glenn Nathan, Steve Burton, Andy Martin, Rob Clowes, Nick Jacobs, Tony Cunningham, Marc Caines. Subs: Sean Westlake (for Martin), Ross Plain (for Jacobs), Ian Jenkins (for Caines).