Away Match vs Street FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 22 February 2014
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2013/14
Sherborne Town 1st
2-2 (Away Draw)
Sheborne travelled to local rivals Street full of confidence after their superb mid-week victory over Cadbury Heath in the Les Phillips Cup with the returning back room staff of Waddleton and Theobold alongside Matt Day taking his place on the subs bench leaving the starting eleven the same as the aforementioned game.
Very early on it was apparent the pitch was very bobbly and it was not a day for free flowing football and it was Street sitting fourth in the League who were immediately on the front foot forcing an early corner which fortunately came to nothing.It took Sherborne 10 minutes to create their first chance which fell to Sam Farthing who headed over when well placed.
The game was not a great spectacle with both sides relying on long balls due to the inconsistent surface they were playing on, it really was a battle of both the elements and the pitch.Sherborne had a couple of opportunities from free kicks but the delivery was not good enough to trouble the Street rearguard.
Caines earnt himself a lecture from the man in the middle on twenty minutes when the MIB never blew for a foul after he had his ankles tapped, Caines' advice did not go down to well and a lecture duly followed.At this point Sherborne were beginning to gain the upper dominating the midfield areas with the whole side battling well.They were rewarded on 34 minutes when good work from Caines out wide led to the ball being crossed for Friend competed for it gamely causing the home keeper to flap it out in the path of Jacobs who from 12 yards out smashed it into the roof of the net to join the ever growing list for goal of the season 0-1 Sherborne.
This rattled Street who immediately went on the ascendancy and straight from the kick off they forced a corner which Sherborne custodian Smith was forced to punch clear under pressure, further Street attacks was ably dealt with by Smith and his defensive team as they saw out the half to go in 0-1 to the good.
The second half started much the same as the first with both sides fighting to gain the upper hand,Street were first to strike at goal but could only blast wide whilst the hardworking Sherborne front men Caines and Friend combined well only for a last ditch tackle from the Street defender to deny Friend who injured himself in the process and had to be replaced by Day.
The half had settled down and Sherborne were having a good spell but they were spurning the chances they were creating most notably Farthing,Caines and Hodges being unable to find the target,they were soon made to pay for this in the 59th minute when Street earnt a free kick out wide which was played into the front post for the attacker to tuck past Smith.This infuriated the Sherborne side who insisted that Caines had been fouled as the ball was played in and the evidence of blood around his face would support their case, unfortunately the referee again irked Caines by simply branding a yellow card at him! 1-1
Street had their tails up now and grew in confidence soon finding themselves 2-1 up after the striker broke through the middle of the park to shoot on goal forcing Smith into a great save unluckily the ball broke to a Street player who slotted the ball into an empty net, this resulted in a mini melee and an exchange of handbags in the Sherborne box but it never lasted long.The next talking point soon followed when again Street broke clear up field and it was left to Montacute to "take one for the team" as he upended the Striker and being last man must have felt he was in danger of walking, as it happens the ref had changed sides and favoured Sherborne on this occasion and only displayed the colour yellow....phew!
Montacutes decision was vindicated on 74 minutes when Morgan was bought down in the penalty area and as the ref was still on our side he pointed to the spot much to the fury of the Street back line number 2 in particular vented his spleen to such an extent the referee showed him a red card for his comments,for what it is worth I thought this was another one the ref blundered but hey we love it when it goes for our on side don't we? It was left to the reliable Caines to slam the sot kick home and make the score line a deserved 2-2.
Sherborne dominated the closing stages taking full advantage of having the extra man but alas chances were going begging this time from Caines,Hodges and Day which Sherborne were very nearly made to pay for when another Street break up field resulted in Smith making another fine save and earning himself my Man of the Match for his fine afternoons work making some great saves and commanding his box and comrades to great effect.