Home Match vs Street FC (TWLPD)
Wednesday 12 August 2015
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2015/16
2-1 (Home Win)
Sherborne welcomed Street to Raleigh Grove on a gloriously sunny evening. Sherborne had selection issues ahead of the game with early season unavailability for a mixture of reasons, this was not helped when Aarron White broke down with a hamstring problem in the pre-match warm up. Elliott Mann was called up from the bench and his place was then filled by Dan Quirke.
The game kicked off in a lively fashion with both teams looking dangerous on occasion, it was Sherborne who carved out the first real chance when Tony Cunningham headed wide from a corner kick with only 4 minutes played.
An early goal looked likely but it was difficult to see from which side it was going to come and when Sherborne won a free kick in the midfield of the Street half the rejuvenated Raith Plant sent over a great ball to the far post where Jonny Manley was lurking unmarked to calmly side foot the ball past Tom Punchard in the visitors goal to give the home side an early advantage.
Street were always threat going forward and liked to break quickly playing some good passing football at time but lacking the killer final ball, they had a succession of free kicks in dangerous areas but were guilty of being wastefull.Craig Herrod had a great chance on 31 minutes but could only find the safety netting behind the goal with his effort.
The latter part of the half belonged to stand in goal keeper Liam Norris who pulled off a string of outstanding saves as the Street forward line attacked with menace, however the inspired Norris saved his best work for the stroke of half time when he saved a penalty from Herrod after Sam Farthing had been adjudge to have fouled the aforementioned penalty taker.
Half time Sherborne Town 1 Street 0
The second half started just as bright as the first Cain Cabell dragged an effort wide of Punchards goal in the 47th minutes, Norris was again on hand with another stunning save on 49 minute which left the street contingent with their head in their hands.
Norris was finally beaten by Mark Salter as he waltzed his way into the box and fired an effort across goal only this time it was the crossbar that was to come to Sherborne rescue. Raith Plant having a great game was then unlucky to sees his efforts to double Sherbornes lead thwarted by the post.
Street then attacked straight form the goal kick and forced a corner that Herrod managed to poke in at the near post to give parity to the score line on 72 minutes. Street had their tails up at this stage and it looked like Sherborne were tiring Herrod had a glorious chance to put his side into the lead when bearing down on the Sherborne goal with “only” Norris to beat but he dragged his shot badly wide and Sherborne escaped.
Raith Plant then had a good chance after some good Sherborne build up but he could only lob his effort wide, he needn’t have worried though as the diminutive Elliott Mann came up trumps in the 84 minutes finding space on the edge of the area to fire a shot towards Punchard who will feel disappointed he didn’t keep it out as his despairing dives and hand on the ball could prevent the net from bulging.
This knocked the stuffing out of Street and the dying stages were relatively comfortable for Sherborne although Street did force a corner in the 90th minute but the man of the moment dominated his area and came through the crowded penalty box to punch the ball clear.
In summary an entertaining game of football for the supporters, Street will be disappointed they didn’t come away with at least a point but they can be comforted by the fact they are unlikely to see another goalkeeping performance like Liam Norris’s again this season. Sherborne Manager was delighted with his charges efforts all over the pitch. The overall team performance will certainly give him some selection headaches over the coming days……but for a change in a good way