Home Match vs Longwell Green Sports FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 13 December 2014
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2014/15
Sherborne Town 1st
3-1 (Home Win)
Sherborne faced a tricky fixture against a Longwell Green Sports side sitting fourth bottom of the table but showing signs of recovery following a fine win against Brislington the previous week. Manager Manley was afforded the luxury of naming an unchanged side for the first time this season but his backroom staff were depleted with the absence of Waddleton and Evans.
The game started with neither side settling well although it was Sherborne who were showing the greater signs of opening the scoring although Dan Jackson in the visiting goal was rarely tested until Harry Montacute took a long throw that troubled the visiting keeper allowing Sherborne inform striker Sam Jarman to volley past him.
A confident Sherborne team continued to pile the pressure on the back line of Longwell Green who were content to sit back and try and catch their opponents on the break, this was to prove their undoing in the 29th minute when they pushed forward looking to find a way back in the game Ben Cochrane was on hand to thwart them with a smart interception, he then drove forward purposely with the ball before releasing Sam Jarman who beat the advancing Jackson to the ball and slotted it into the far corner of the net 2-0.
This stunned Longwell Green into greater efforts and they responded immediately, Parnell forced a smart save from Beale and soon after it was Bishop who tried his luck but found Beale in good form. Sherborne continued to play some good football Farthing, Burton and Jarman combining well in the midfield area to set Caines up for a shot on goal that sailed high and wide.
On the stroke of half time the Longwell Green skipper was lucky not to see red when a poor challenge on Mapletoft resulted in only a caution when it looked to me like little effort was made to win the ball, luckily for the skipper referee Annis saw it differently than I did and produced only a yellow card.George had to be replaced by Day at the start of the second half.
Longwell Green started the second half brightly and got back into the game when some poor defending allowed their aforementioned skipper to ride three challenges and slot the ball past Beale to bring the score line back to 2-1.
Longwell continued to press as Sherborne were struggling to play the football they had in the first half, Bond and Cochrane were influential in keeping the visitors at by in what was becoming an increasingly niggle affair. Clear chance were few and far between for either side. Hodges and Day were working hard down the flanks combining well on occasions but they couldn’t find the end product that Caines, Ormrod and Jarman were looking for as they lurked with menace around the penalty area.
Sherborne finally put the game to bed five minutes from time and they did it in a controlled fashion,Caines and Hodges were playing keep ball deep in enemy territory as they looked to see the game out,Caines then fed Jarman who from the edge of the area struck the ball goalwards, not his best strike ever but it did fool Jackson who will feel he should have done much better as he allowed the ball to sneak past him. A deserved hat trick for Sherbornes in form marksman.
Longwell Green were not done and pushed on in the dying stages, Beale was forced into a brave save diving at the feet on the onrushing Longwell attacker and Boughton had a free header that he couldn’t direct on target.
Full time and a another solid win for the Zebras who stretched their run to eight league games unbeaten Man of the Match went to Sam Jarman for his hat-trick, running him close was Ben Cochrane who had to work hard alongside the defensive line with his colleagues to keep a physical Longwell Side at bay.