Home Match vs Hallen FC (TWLPD)
Wednesday 7 April 2010
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2009/10
Sherborne Town 1st
0-2 (Home Defeat)
- typically tireless
Sherborne Town manager Mickey Spencer believed a loss of composure and trying too hard lost them the game against Hallen.
It was a game of two corners, as the Toolstation Western League Premier Division visitors converted a pair of set-pieces to complete a 2-0 victory.
Both headed goals came too easily for Hallen, with individual errors marring persistent attacking pressure from Sherborne.
Spencer said: "I thought they were trying too hard and lost a lot of composure. We never really got any real passing moves going and were punished for two mistakes.
"Overall, I thought we competed well but the individual mistakes were to cost us dear."
After a cagey start Marc Caines threatened to inject life into the game after he burst into the box. However, the shooting angle was too acute and he fired into the side-netting.
Soon after Hallen took the lead when a corner to the near post was met by a strong, but straightforward, header that left debutant Callum Antell with no chance.
Both Caines and Andy Martin tried their luck from distance before Antell was called into action.
Yeovil Town work experience defender Rhys Baggridge was unable to clear a Hallen through-ball and Antell did well, diving to his left to claw the ball away.
Minutes before half time the former Swindon Town stopper had to race from his line to block a shot after a Hallen striker evaded Sherborne's offside trap.
After the break calls for a Sherborne penalty were waved away by the referee when Nick Jacobs' cross appeared to hit the Hallen captain's arm.
And moments before Hallen's second goal the official further enraged the hosts when a heavy tackle from behind on Steve Burton went unpunished.
The away team's winning strike came against the run of play as Sherborne failed to deal with a corner and a Hallen substitute stooped low to head over the line.
Spencer said: "Both goals were extremely disappointing and probably from an attacking point it was one of our poorer performances.
"If we were to eliminate small errors at vital times a lot more results this season would be in our favour.
"But we seem to switch off and allow oppositions and give oppositions soft goals."
Sherborne Town: Callum Antell, Ollie Wake, Rhys Baggridge, Aaron Mead, Jason Bond, Steve Burton, Andy Martin, Sean Westlake, Nick Jacobs, Chris Luke, Marc Caines. Subs: Sam Bowers (for Wake), Dwayne Forshaw (for Jacobs), Ian Jenkins (for Luke).