Away Match vs Hallen FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 12 February 2011
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2010/11
Sherborne Town 1st
2-1 (Away Defeat)
Lewis Clarke - deliveries went unrewarded
SherborneTown manager Mickey Spencer argued that both sides had reason to demand police intervention during Hallen’s 2-1 “smash and grab” victory.
The Toolstation Western League Premier Division hosts ended Town’s three-game winning streak as Spencer’s men were left to rue spurning chances.
Hallen raced into an early lead that sparked Sherborne to life. However, the visitors struggled to hit the target and make the most of their final third supremacy.
Spencer said: “I was almost going to call the police because I felt we had been robbed. It was a snatch and grab victory from Hallen but before that we could have been done for assault because we absolutely battered them.
“I asked for a good performance and barring the first ten minutes we got it. We carved them open at will and we must have missed eight guilt-edged chances.
“Their management team shook hands at the end of the game and said they did not deserve the win, but we left that door open.”
Hallen’s opener prompted the sort of response Spencer had demanded, with Yeovil Town scholar Rob Clowes guilty of failing to convert a hat-trick of first half chances.
Danny Thompson restored parity after the break and despite the away team and substitute Phil Ormrod presented with a trio of scoring opportunities, they were unable to find a second.
The winning goal came shortly before the end when Sherborne were caught short at the end, giving away a decisive penalty.
Spencer said: “In the warm up I could sense we were a little bit sluggish and in the pre-match talk I did warn the guys of the importance of a quick start, but we never got started until they scored. From then onwards we created enough chances to score ten goals.
“We could not believe the chances we missed but I could not have a go at the guys because it was a great performance and hopefully we will never have a game like that where we create so many chances without scoring.
“Barring not taking the chances, we were doing everything and the defence was strong. It was more about us not taking control of the day by not taking the numerous amount of chances.
“Had we got the goals that reflected the play it would have been on par with what we have been doing in the last three or four games.”
Sherborne Town: Marc Lock, James Thompson, Jamie Manley, Matt Chant, Lewis Clarke, Sean Westlake, Andy Martin, Chris Luke, Danny Thompson, Rob Clowes, Phil Ormrod. Subs: Phil Ormrod (for Clowes), Kyle Chesterman (for D. Thompson), Steve Jervis.