Home Match vs Street FC (TWLPD)
Wednesday 12 August 2009
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2009/10
Sherborne Town 1st
0-1 (Home Defeat)
James Smith - A string of fine saves
A slow start and inability to create clear-cut chances cost Sherborne Town dear as Street left Raleigh Grove with a 1-0 win.
Kevin Leigh’s men hoped to avenge a 3-0 defeat against Larkhall Athletic in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division on Saturday, but were trailing after only eight minutes.
Street left-back Ollie Walby exploited space in the final third after Francis Rolli had switched play.
The defender squared for Jake Harris to firmly finish for his first goal for the Somerset club.
The hosts took time to settle and five minutes after the lead, Street could have doubled their advantage had it not been for James Smith’s awareness.
The Sherborne keeper raced off his line to save at the feet of Harris, who had made light work of his marker.
Soon after Smith was called into a similar save after Harris raced clear of the Sherborne defence. The striker took too long to pull the trigger, allowing Smith to go to ground and extinguish the danger.
The home team’s first shot on target came after 24 minutes, when Andy Martin tried his luck from 25 yards with ground opening in front of him. However, it was comfortably saved.
Despite not having the best of service, Aaron Lomax and Richard Parkinson ran tirelessly in attack as Street enjoyed the best of the play.
On the stroke of half-time the visitors had a golden opportunity to extend their lead, but were once again too greedy in front of goal.
Harris evaded the offside trap and skipped past Smith. However, his hesitancy in shooting allowed Glenn Nathan to track back and put the ball out for a corner.
The introduction of Marc Caines in place of Lomax added a new edge to Sherborne’s attack, but still the Street defence stood tall.
Shortly before the hour-mark Parkinson’s persistency and quick feet in the corner resulted in the diminutive attacker crossing for Nick Jacobs. However, the winger was unable to find the target with a header.
Misfortune could have seen Sherborne fall further behind when Matt Rackham’s back pass under pressure missed the goal by inches.
From the resulting corner Street found the net, but the referee stopped play for a foul in the penalty box.
Sherborne’s final chance came in the last 15 minutes, when a corner was poorly dealt with by the Street defence. The ball eventually fell to Caines, who snapped at his chance and volleyed wide.
Sherborne Town: James Smith, Glenn Nathan, Lee Clark, Matt Rackham, Ollie Pearson, Nick Jacobs, Steve Burton, Andy Martin, Chris Luke, Richard Parkinson, Aaron Lomax. Subs: Steve McDaid, Marc Caines, Ross Plain.