Home Match vs Longwell Green Sports FC (TWLPD)


Saturday 26 September 2009


Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2009/10


Sherborne Town 1st


1-2 (Home Defeat)


- excellent work ethic in defence

Match Report

Sherborne Town's wait for a second Toolstation Western League Premier Division win continues after home defeat against Longwell Green Sports.

However, joint caretaker manager James Thompson believes it is not far away after a strong performance against last season's Division One champs.

Thompson said both teams admitted Sherborne should have got something from the game that was settled by a late goal.

He said: "We were in their half 99 per cent of the time and battered them. We had all of the ball.

"Longwell Green's coach came in the changing room after the game and said we did not deserve to lose."

Despite being on top for most of the first half Sherborne went in at the break level at 1-1.

Ten minutes into the game Longwell took the lead after the home side failed to clear their lines, and an attacker capitalised with a drilled shot.

Shortly after Steve McDaid had come close from a Marc Caines cross, Richard Parkinson bundled the ball home from two yards following a goalmouth scramble to equalise.

In the second period Longwell's keeper was forced into two good saves from one-on-one situations as Sherborne again piled on the pressure.

However, dreams of a point were erased with five minutes left when the Sherborne defence remained static at a corner.

This allowed a visiting striker to run from the back post to the penalty spot and volley home first time.

Thompson described the winner as a "sucker punch" and admitted Sherborne had enough chances to win the game.

But he said he and Green were satisfied with the players' response to last Saturday's FA Vase exit.

"If we play anywhere near that for the rest of the season we will win more games than we lose," he said.

"We walked over Longwell Green and they admitted it. We kept our players out afterwards and told them that if they play like that every week we will be fine.

"They were more unhappy with the goal than the performance. Rich Parkinson must have won ten or 15 headers against a bloke a foot bigger than him.

"The work rate and commitment was twice as good as against Bishop Sutton."

Sherborne Town: James Smith, Ollie Wake, Ollie Pearson, Steve Burton Glenn Nathan, Steve McDaid, Chris Luke, Andy Martin, Nick Jacobs, Marc Caines, Richard Parkinson. Subs: Tony Cunningham, Kyle Chesterman, Sean Westlake.