Away Match vs Longwell Green Sports FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 29 January 2011
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2010/11
Sherborne Town 1st
1-3 (Away Win)
Yeovil Town scholar Lewis Clarke stole the show for Sherborne Town as he starred in the 3-1 success at Longwell Green Sports.
Town clawed back a goal deficit to lead at half time in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division before making sure of the victory after the break.
Phil Ormrod restored parity and scorer turned provider for Clarke, before the second-year Glover fed Tom Richardson for the goal of the game in the second half.
Manager Mickey Spencer said: “Lewis is an exciting prospect who seems to absorb instruction and can almost immediately translate that on to the pitch.
“Aside from him scoring and providing a great assist for the goal of the game, it was a really pleasing performance from all of the team.
“With the amount of chances we created and the wonderful saves their keeper made, 3-1 flattered them more than it did us.”
Nick Jacobs’ departure to Weymouth and Harry Montacute’s dislocated toe prompted another reshuffle among the Sherborne defence.
Matt Chant joined Jamie Manley at the back, alongside Keith Emmerson, who was making his first start since rejoining the club.
Despite experience at the back giving the visitors what Spencer described as a “solid platform” it was Longwell who drew first blood minutes after Marc Lock had made an acrobatic one-handed save.
The keeper parried against the post following an uncharacteristic slip from Manley, only for the ball to fall kindly for a host attacker.
Sherborne reacted positively with Ormrod firing home before picking out Clarke, cutting infield, to forge ahead.
Having terrorised the Longwell defence for most of the game, Clarke exploited space allowed to him on the right to cross for Tom Richardson to stroke beyond the keeper and cap the move of the match.
Spencer said: “The leadership from Jamie, the pace and confidence of Lewis, the solidarity we showed in our midfield three combined with the work rate of the front meant we took their goal on the chin and accepted it.
“The playing conditions were not ideal and rather than bemoan it we just seemed to get on with it, which was good to see.
“Phil’s goal was well-taken and Lewis showed that confidence that we had been missing where perhaps players had been a bit too rigid in their positions, not adapting to the picture opening up in front of them, to score his.
“For the winner, the defender was reluctant to get too close which gave Lewis enough space on the wing to get in an undefendable cross that combined with excellent movement from Tom for a goal that could have graced any pitch.
“Rob Clowes linked up well in midfield and the quality we brought in really added to the momentum we created in the game.
“Longwell were not as bad as their position would suggest, it is just that we actually accepted the conditions and got on with our game.
“Keith’s experience showed and he has returned a better player. Marc Lock’s confidence is growing and I hope to see more and more of that with more games.”
Sherborne Town: Marc Lock, Keith Emmerson, Jamie Manley, Matt Chant, Danny Thompson, Rob Clowes, Andy Martin, Chris Luke, Lewis Clarke, Phil Ormrod, Tom Richardson. Subs: James Thompson (for Clowes), Kyle Chesterman (for D. Thompson), Sean Westlake (for Luke).