Home Match vs Odd Down FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 29 November 2014
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2014/15
Sherborne Town 1st
2-2 (Home Draw)
Sherborne welcomed Odd Down to Raleigh Grove for what was going to be a tough mid table battle against the Bath based outfit. The Zebras welcomed back Luke Winsper and Harry Montacute who both came in for the suspended duo of Haydn Hodges and George Mapletoft,also returning was Phil Ormrod and Raith Plant but they both had to be content with a place on the bench.
The home side did not start the match to well and soon found themselves a goal down in the second minute when they lost possession on the midfield area allowing Odd Down to play the ball out wide which was crossed into the far post where Troy Simpson was unmarked and had plenty of time to control and shoot across Beale and into the far corner of the net. Troy Simpson then went close again moments later but shot well over when he should have at least tested Beale in the home goal.
Sherborne slowly worked their way into the game and earnt their first corner on 16minutes,this was partially cleared and Sherborne increased the pressure on the visitors Caines found himself unmarked in the six yard area and proceeded to shoot past the keepers near both to restore parity to the scoreline.
Both sides were content to try and counter attack each other and half chances were created by both sides in what was becoming an entertaining game, Odd Downs Hiroli were causing problems for the Sherborne rear-guard and likewise at the other end Caines and Jarman were menacing although shooting practice at training would not go amiss by either side.
Sherborne came the closest to gaining the ascendency when Montacute rose well from a Winsper corner only to see his header sail over the cross bar, Odd Downs Bridson also did the same at the other end of the field. Odd Down may consider themselves unlucky when strong penalty appeals were heard following a suspected hand ball on another Day it might well have been given as it looked like Day leant into the ball to halt it’s progress in the penalty area.
The second half started much the same as the first Sherborne couldn’t retain possession for any length of time as Odd Down pressed their pressure was rewarded in the 52minute when not for the first time in the match Odd Down were allowed to cross the ball without pressure being applied and this time it was Hiroli who out jumped Beale in the Sherborne goal who no doubt will have been disappointed not to have won the challenge.
Sherborne responded as they did in the first half and were rewarded within 3 minutes of the restart as Captain Burton put the zebras back on level terms with what I am told was a stunning header flying past the Odd Down custodian Mathews from the edge of the area! (I was still updating the Odd Down goal on various social media and missed it!)
Sherborne were rampant at this stage and produced a great passing move at pace with Caines feeding Jarman who inturn laid the ball of to Burton, Burton smashed a sot that looked destined for the top corner of the Odd Down goal only for Mathews to pull off an outstanding save to deny the home side.
Odd Down danger man Troy Simpson was again in the thick of the action Day and Montacute had to be alert to keep him at bay and their pressure forced him to shoot into Beals side netting, the same defensive pair then halted Hiroli just inside the penalty area where again Odd Down were appealing for a penalty which was rightly waved away a decision that earnt Guy a yellow card for his protests.Kye Simpson was next to try his luck as the visitor refused to lie down but again Beale wasn’t called into action.
The counter attacking from both sides continued right to the end Montacute bought applause from the gathered masses behind the home goal when he produced a great last ditch tackle on Troy Simpson as he bore down on goal, had he mistimed the challenge he would have been back on the suspended list!
The last action of the match saw Caines work himself into a good situation out wide but he could only shoot into the side netting as the referee drew a conclusion to an entertaining match.
A point apiece was probably affair result, both side could have nicked it, Sherborne finished the stronger but Odd Down front men were always dangerous on the break.
Sherborne’s Man of the Match was difficult to pick with standout performances from Marc Caines and Captain Steve Burton amongst others but I think Harry Montacute back from a three game suspension just edged it.