Home Match vs Hallen FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 5 March 2011
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2010/11
Sherborne Town 1st
1-5 (Home Defeat)
Sherborne Town could have no complaints with a 5-1 drubbing against Hallen as the Raleigh Grove visitors punished a performance to forget.
Goals early in each half set the tone for Hallen as they completed a Toolstation Western League Premier Division double over Mickey Spencer’s ten men.
The Town boss said his team got what they deserved, with the visitors capitalising on a string of defensive errors to inflict Sherborne’s biggest defeat of the season so far.
Spencer said: “We never got out of second gear. Hallen before and after knew that if they did not turn up they were going to be on the end of a thumping because of the performances we have been putting in and our performance against Bristol Manor Farm.
“Instead, we were the team that did not turn up in every department. We were second to every ball and we were always behind them.
“We have got no problems with the result because the first three goals were defensive mistakes that left the keeper Marc Lock no chance and the fourth was another error.”
Early Hallen pressure saw them break the deadlock before Sherborne’s Yeovil Town work experience scholar Rob Clowes drew level with a low drive.
Paul Owen’s side struck the post twice before forging ahead again before the break, extending the lead almost immediately after the restart.
Static defending resulted in Hallen’s fourth before Kyle Chesterman saw red for a stamp on an opponent and Lock was beaten for a fifth time.
Whereas Spencer took issue with a first half decision that saw Chesterman booked when he was in fact fouled, the losing boss agreed with the straight red.
He said: “Players have to show some restraint. The ball was out of play and it was totally unnecessary, but the problems were far greater before that.”
Spencer added that after the game he urged his players to focus on affecting a game positively and said: “Overall it was a poor performance. I have spoken to the players about taking responsibility for themselves as well as reminding them that we only have 90 minutes to affect the game.
“It is about how we react to mistakes and there were too many players who reacted poorly to mistakes and that led to our defeat. We deserved the thumping that we had.
“I reminded them that it was not acceptable to dissolve responsibility like that. We were only missing Jamie Manley so therefore the starting 11 was, all but one, the same. However, the performance was well below par and not acceptable.”
Sherborne Town: Marc Lock, James Thompson, Steve Jervis, Matt Chant, Rob Clowes, Andy Martin, Chris Luke, Lewis Clarke, Tom Richardson, Phil Ormrod, Kyle Chesterman. Subs: Sean Westlake, Sam Jarman, Danny Thompson.