Away Match vs Street FC (TWLPD)
Tuesday 8 September 2009
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2009/10
Sherborne Town 1st
1-4 (Away Win)
Aaron Lomax - an excellent hat-trick
An Aaron Lomax hat-trick helped Sherborne Town earn their first win of the season at Street, as well as exact revenge for defeat last month.
The Cobblers were 1-0 victors at Raleigh Grove on 12 August and looked to continue where they left off, taking the lead after just three minutes.
However, Sherborne fought back at the Tannery to dominate the game, deserving the 4-1 win.
After Saturday's 2-2 draw at Willand Rovers and defeat in the F.A Cup to Wimborne Town, Sherborne boss Kevin Leigh dedicated the victory to his players.
He said: "We deserved more than we got on Saturday and we deserved tonight as the work rate we put in was fantastic.
"If we put balls in the box Aaron will always score goals. We were stronger than Street and wanted it more than them."
The game started in disastrous fashion for Sherborne, when Lewis Lambert's shot from 20 yards lobbed visiting keeper James Smith before either side had settled.
However, Sherborne refused to roll over and responded in fitting fashion after 15 minutes.
Andy Martin's cross from the right bobbled across the Street box and could have been cleared.
However, Lomax struck the loose ball and after his initial shot was blocked, he thumped home his second attempt.
Leigh's team were growing in confidence coming forward and on the half-hour mark took the lead.
Martin was again provider as his deep, driving free kick was flicked on by Lomax and hit the back of the net via a Street defender.
Moments later Street had an opening to draw level, but their attacker was wasteful yards from goal, blazing over.
After starting the second half in determined fashion, Sherborne distanced themselves from their hosts after 57 minutes from the penalty spot.
Ross Plain's cross from the right was handled in the box and Lomax gave keeper Ben Webb no chance with his strike.
Ten minutes later the result was put beyond doubt as a poor Street defensive chest down allowed Lomax in on goal.
He calmly rounded Webb, slotting into the vacant net to complete a memorable hat-trick.
The former Shepton Mallet striker may have been given the man-of-the-match accolade, but Leigh praised his entire team's effort.
Plain was a constant threat on the right, Matt Rackham impressed in defence and Steve Burton led by example.
However, Leigh does not want his side to rest on their laurels and said: "That work rate is the minimum we need in this league.
"Without that we will struggle to get anything. The players did not deserve to be second-from-bottom in the table and the result is for them."
Sherborne Town: James Smith, Matt Rackham, Ollie Wake, Glenn Nathan, Nick Jacobs, Andy Martin, Steve Burton, Ross Plain, Tony Cunningham, Aaron Lomax, Marc Caines. Subs: Sam Bowers, Sean Westlake, Kyle Chesterman.