Away Match vs Odd Down FC (TWLPD)

Date

Tuesday 11 January 2011

League

Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2010/11

Team

Sherborne Town 1st

Result

4-0 (Away Defeat)

Match Report

Sherborne Town manager Mickey Spencer has apologised to the club’s travelling support after they witnessed what he described as “the worst performance under my tenure”.

Toolstation Western League Premier Division hosts Odd Down romped to a 4-0 success, comfortably beating opposition second best across the park.

The victors made the most of lackadaisical defending to canter to the three points, as Sherborne conceded four for the second consecutive match.

Spencer said: “That was by far the worst performance under my tenure. Since I have been here they have been an honest group with a good team spirit and there is only one response I am looking for – a lot more character.

“I am not going to dwell on the game. All of the negatives you could use to describe a performance could go into that match.

“There were too many things that went wrong to know where to start. I am not going to shy away because I am part of the squad, it was embarrassing and I apologise to the travelling support for that sort of performance.”

After a quiet opening, the match sprung to life on 20 minutes when Down attacker Matty Rawlins was gifted the first of his two goals.

The pace and persistence of the Down right winger allowed him to cross from the byline as Sherborne’s defenders failed to confidently clear, the ball somehow found Rawlins at the far post for a simple finish.

The goal came minutes after the visitors had hacked away from a free kick unnecessarily given away by Danny Thompson on the left.

Tom Richardson’s turn and shot following Steve Burton and Chris Luke’s counterattack proved a brief respite as Down found like easy in midfield.

Richardson and Thompson hit the home keeper with a header and 25-yard drive respectively before Lock kept Sherborne in the game with a one-on-one save.

Harry Montacute lost possession near the centre circle, Down broke and Lock blocked with his feet as Rawlins raced through.

However, goal number two came within seconds of the restart as Sherborne were caught napping. The unmarked Jamie Taylor was fortunate to receive a skewed pass, but buried his angled shot at the near post.

Phil Ormrod missed the target, attacking Thompson’s front stick cross and the Down stopper was comfortably behind Kyle Chesterman’s speculative dipping effort.

Lock’s bravery prevented the hosts from reeling off another shot before their forwards wasted two good deliveries by failing to test the keeper with headers.

But the dominance of Lee Burns’ team prevailed again 15 minutes before the end as Thompson was dispossessed in his own half, allowing Down to spread infield and convert through the cool Rawlins.

Burton saw his shot from a corner tipped over just moments before Odd Down compounded Sherborne’s misery with their fourth.

The away team’s captain failed to control Jamie Manley’s chest-high pass and Down crossed for Chris Peck to lash home.

Spencer he too would have to “knuckle down and dig deep” as he challenged his squad to respond in fighting spirit.

“Adversity does not make character, it reveals it and I am more interested in the response from those players,” he said.

“I know I am going to have knuckle down and dig deep. I will be going all out to make sure that we do not have a repeat performance this season.”

 

Sherborne Town: Marc Lock, Harry Montacute, Jamie Manley, Nick Jacobs, Chris Luke, Steve Burton, Andy Martin, Kyle Chesterman, Danny Thompson, Phil Ormrod, Tom Richardson. Subs: Matt Chant (for Chesterman), George Warr (for Richardson), Lewis Voizey.