Home Match vs Bridport FC (MDPL)
Saturday 28 August 2010
Magna Dorset Premier League 2010/11
Sherborne Town Reserves
1-0 (Home Win)
Tony Cunningham's majestic run and goal proved the difference for a tired-looking Sherborne Town Reserves as they maintained their unbeaten spell against Bridport Reserves.
Previous Magna Dorset Premier League matches between the two teams had conjured 21 goals, but just a single strike was enough to secure all three points for the Raleigh Grove hosts.
The striker's finish came 15 minutes into the second half, as he beat five defenders and then the keeper to sidefoot into an empty net.
Manager Jason Lock said: "It was definitely a very tired side and it showed. We looked even more tired in the second half but we stuck to our guns.
"We thought it was going to take something special to win the game, and it did. Tony went on a glorious Maradona-esque and stuck five defenders and the keeper on their backsides to score."
The Bridport keeper had little to do in the opening period, as Sherborne adjusted to the loss of Richard Parkinson to a knee injury after just ten minutes.
Despite looking strong going forward, impressive attacking play failed to result in a goal until Cunningham's moment of brilliance.
After breaking the deadlock, keeper Jamie Cross kept the home side in the game ten minutes later, punching away a stern effort despite slipping.
Sherborne may not have demonstrated the flair that proved Westland Sports' undoing, but Lock remained content with three points that keeps them top of the MDPL.
He said: "We had a few chances with good build-up play but it was all a bit pedestrian. I put that down to a very busy time with lots of games in quick succession.
"The players looked tired but we controlled the game for the majority of it. It was all good football until the last third, but we could not put it all together. If we can win poor games that is the sign of a good side.
"Tony deserved to be man of the match, while Jason Bond was again outstanding in defence - they were the two that really shone."
Sherborne Town Reserves: Jamie Cross, Jason Bond, Richard Parkinson, Lee Clark, Aden Wills, Paul Dalmasso, Shane Adcock-Case, Nathan Geary, Sam Vine, George Warr, Tony Cuningham. Subs: Matt Ward, Craig Dabinett, Craig Lodge.