Away Match vs Longwell Green Sports FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 5 April 2014
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2013/14
Sherborne Town 1st
1-3 (Away Win)
Sherborne travelled to Longwell Green with a threadbare squad which saw only Jackson and Manager Manley named on the Subs bench.The weather was dry but the wind was strong so the chances of a flowing game of football were looking slim on a pitch that was very uneven.
The game started with sherborne playing with the wind in their favour but it was Longwell who made the first threat on goal that James Smith was alert to punching clear.Sherbornes first foray into enemy territory produced a free kick that Lewis Morgan whipped across the face of goal just evading the advancing Marc Caines and Matt Day.Morgan was again in on the action when his goal bound effort was blocked for a corner. Sherbornes early dominance paid dividends on 8 minutes when Caines worked the ball inside to Plant who shinned the ball (sorry Raiff) into the corner of the Longwell net 1-0.
Caines was again in on the action when a poor clearance from Jackson in the home goal fell to him and again he fed Plant who this time couldn't convert dragging his shot wide of the goal.The Marc Caines show was increasing this time his header was wide of the target.
Longwell got back into the game after Sherborne had a throw deep in the Longwell half, Sherborne gave away possession and some neat football from Longwell,passing the ball up the line and then across the pitch left the striker bearing down on Smith who couldn't do anything as the ball was neatly lofted over him 1-1 27 minutes.
Sherborne attempted to get straight back into the lead and Day had a shot at goal that was well over the bar.A succession of corners was putting increasing pressure on the Longwell back line and it was only Jackson in goal that was keeping the Zebras out producing two top draw saves as shots rained in on him from all angles.The lead was eventfully restored in spectacular fashion as Farthing picked the ball up in the midfield area he fed Morgan who played a clever ball out to Binding who was lurking at the far post,Binding cut inside the defender and smashed a shot into the top corner of the net from an acute angle 2-1 37 minutes.
Longwell frustration was evident as they struggled to have any influence on the game and Pocock was booked for a needless shove on Caines as the half time whistle was approaching.
Going in at half time there was a thought amongst the travelling support that a one goal lead wasn't going to be enough playing against the wind in the second half as Longwell Green were sure to put us under constant pressure.
As the second half started it was sherborne who continued where they left off Caines setting up Plant for an early chance that plant could only blaze over.The second goal came after some superb football Jacobs deep in his own half fed Burton across the back line Burton played the ball out to Binding, Binding made ground before slipping the ball out to Caines,Caines put Day through on goal and he coolly slipped the ball past Jacksons left hand 3-1 6 minutes played.
The Longwell onslaught never arrived as the back line dealt with every thing that was thrown at them and when they were breached Smith was on hand to deal confidently with any danger.Sherbornr were clearly playing with confidence, either that or they were afraid the Manager would sub himself on??
Some more neat exchanges in the midfield area fed Morgan whos radar was off as he shot wide of the target.Sherborne were rampant and a good advantage played by referee Wales saw Day shoot wide when he should have done better, the referee angered the Longwell staff by retrospectively booking Knapman following the advantage, though most neutrals would agree it was good refereeing!
Manley then withdrew Plant, who has played some of his best football for the club in recent weeks and bought on Jackson who has stepped up from the reserves with confidence.
Longwells Gardiner then added to the FAs coffers when picking up a caution for giving the referee some friendly words of advice that he took exception to! Man of the Match could have gone to a few again such was Sherbornes performance but Marc Caines, playing up front on his own and bringing players into the game with great effect just pips it.
Another outstanding away performance from a Sherborne side who have provided the supporters with heart, determination, good football and cracking goals in recent weeks.
This result lifts them up one place in the League table and as one player put it makes it impossible for us to get relegated even if we lose every game for the rest of the season.....now there's confidence for you :-)