Home Match vs Longwell Green Sports FC (TWLPD)
Wednesday 10 November 2010
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2010/11
Sherborne Town 1st
2-0 (Home Win)
Steve Jervis - outstanding debut
Goals in either half from Phil Ormrod and Sam Bowers capped a professional display against Longwell Green Sports as Sherborne Town registered their first home league win of the season.
Mickey Spencer's men condemned Longwell to their ninth consecutive defeat, while the Raleigh Grove hosts ended a run of three straight Toolstation Western League Premier Division losses.
Ormrod broke the deadlock midway through the first period, before Bowers netted at the second time of asking with minutes left on the clock.
It was no more than Sherborne deserved, as a bare squad stood up to the test, while 17 year old debutant Steve Jervis impressed over 90 minutes.
Spencer said: "Once again we dominated a lot of the game and I think 2-0 flattered our visitors. I do feel our performance warranted more goals.
"It was good to see our forward line, who I felt had taken a lot of stick in recent weeks, stick to their task. Phil led the line well and is getting stronger and stronger by the game.
"Sam supported him well and looked stronger as the match progressed. It is stil an area where we are looking to always improve and because of our domination and the balls going into the box I just feel we should be scoring more goals."
Sherborne gave an early signal of their attacking intent when, minutes after the start, a Sports defender was forced to poke behind for a corner as Chris Luke shaped to shoot from Ormrod's flick.
Soon after Montacute managed to keep in a deep cross to the far post and Jervis was unable to divert the ball goal-wards.
Industry from Bowers on the right allowed Ormrod to find Luke with another through-ball, only for the former Yeovil Town youngster to hit the side-netting.
However, the hosts were ahead moments later when Andy Martin's stinging, angled shot was only parried and Ormrod reacted quickest to net with a tap-in.
Ormrod fired at the keeper as the presence of a marker weakened his shot before hearts were in mouths at the other end when Jamie Manley lost his footing.
Attacker Danny Thompson was forced to give away a central free kick, which keeper Roy Emmerson opted to tip over the bar.
Soon after Kyle Chesterman struggled to get over an effort from 20 yards, Emmerson was called into action again when he misjudged a right wing cross, acrobatically catching as the ball threatened to go over his head.
On the stroke of half time a Longwell attacker jinked his way through tackles to enter the 18-yard box, only to be dispossesed with a vital challenge from Montacute.
Sherborne started the second period in similar fashion to the first. Within seconds of the restart Ormrod unknowingly beat the keeper to a 50-50 ball over the top. As with his goal, the striker was first to the loose ball, but shot wide.
A swift move that saw play switch flanks resulted in a opportunity for Martin, but he drilled high and wide from an angle.
A deflected shot easily caught by Emmerson proved to be a rare Sports threat, as Sherborne upped an attacking gear, with Danny Thompson showing signs of his incisive early-season form.
Luke's break and pull back to the unmarked Bowers almost brought goal number two, but after being beatent the Longwell keeper recovered to save. From the subsequent corner, Jervis headed downwards and only an athletic save saw the bouncing ball over the bar.
Ormrod scuffed a chance ten yards from goal, Chesterman's 30-yard drive was pushed over and Thompson sent a fizzing ball across the face of goal before Bowers sealed the win.
After turning to face goal the persistent forward gained a slice of luck when his errant shot hit a defender and fell kindly to be converted.
Spencer said: "It was a very welcome three points, considering the indifferent October that we had. I am looking forward to building on this result."
Sherborne Town: Roy Emmerson, Harry Montacute, Jamie Manley, Steve Jervis, Chris Luke, Kyle Chesterman, Steve Burton, Andy Martin, Danny Thompson, Phil Ormrod, Sam Bowers. Subs: Jason Bond (for Ormrod), Lewis Voizey, Nathan Geary.