Away Match vs Odd Down FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 23 April 2016
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2015/16
4-0 (Away Defeat)
Sherborne Town travelled to the league leaders Odd Down without first choice goalkeeper Jamie Beale,outfield players Harry Montacute, Kris Hastings and club captain Steve Burton.Coming in to replace them were George Irvine,George Mapletoft,Raith Plant and Sam Bowers.
The match kicked off with a cold wind blowing on a hard bobbly pitch making it difficult to play passing football. The opening exchanges were frequently bought to a halt by a pedantic referee who was frustrating both sides with his whistle happy control of the game. The first half bought limited chances for either side in what is best described as a dour affair with little action of note, although Elliot Mann picked up a caution for a rather innocuous challenge.
Odd down sent out a half time tweet on their twitter feed promising their supporters a much better second half and true to their word they took the lead in the 46th minutes when Sherborne failed to deal with a throw in deep in their own half and as the ball bounced in their penalty area and Odd Downs Troy Simpson expertly volleyed it into the roof of the Sherborne goal.
The goal visibly lifted the home side who began to play with the swagger of league leaders,they doubled their lead in the 47th minutes when George Irvine misjudged a swinging cross from Adnan Hiroli that sailed into the far corner of the Sherborne goal. The third goal came in the 52nd minute as Odd Down threatened a rout and again it was Hiroli who sent in a cross that George Mapletoft was unlucky not to prevent from entering the net, colliding with the goal post for his troubles.
George Irvine then produced an outstanding save turning a point blank Hiroli effort over the cross bar in the 58th minute. The fourth goal came in the 67th minute again George Irvine made a great save on the edge of his penalty area taking a hit to the face for his troubles, as the Sherborne contingent called for the referee to stop the game for a head injury Odd Down took full advantage, Cory Simpson slotting into the empty goal to give his side a four goal advantage. Its’ fair to say Sherborne were incensed by this decision from an inconsistent referee.
Irvine pulled off another great save this time denying Matt Guy from close range. Marc Caines let his frustration get the better of him in the closing stages picking up a caution for dissent and Odd Downs John Sage picked up a caution for pulling back Sam Farthing in the dying moments much to the annoyance of the Odd down management team.
Another frustrating days for Sherborne who again travelled to a top of the table side with many players missing.The host were good value for their win although the visitors will rue the mistakes that their host clinically exploited to give them what was a comfortable win in the end. Sherbornes man of the match went to Sam Farthing who again worked his socks off in the middle of the park.