Home Match vs Bridport FC (TWLPD)
Wednesday 29 January 2014
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2013/14
Sherborne Town 1st
2-1 (Home Win)
Sherborne went into this Dorset derby with a sense of relief that they finally got a game to play after five cancellations due to the incessant rain that has hit the south west rather badly over the December January period.The only change from our last outing at Brislington was Ollie Wake in for the injured Adam Barrett,not that anyone would remember that far back!
The game kicked off on a cold crisp night, the looking good considering the soaking it had taken over the previous month and it was Sherborne who were to start the brighter of the two sides and indeed they very nearly had a penalty kick in the first 5 minutes when Caines appeared to be flattened in the box but referee Corp was having none of it.Caines couldn't believe this and it took Corp a full minute to explain the laws of the game to Caines at the next break in play....yawn yawn, come on ref lets play the crowd cried!
Bridports first chance came moments later when a break up field led to a corner but this came to nothing, in a scrappy but open first 15 minutes it was end to end and next up it was Days turn to go on the offensive and not for the first time this season Day was upended in a tackle that led to the opposition player picking up a caution for his recklessness
The next period of the game saw Bridport enjoy good possession and it was some stout defending from Cochrane,Morgan and Montecute that kept them at bay although Bridport will not be happy with the amount of possession they kept giving away.
Sherborne then went corner crazy earning 5 in as many minutes as they piled the pressure on a Bridport rearguard that refused to be beaten.This bought about the end of a first half that was devoid of any great passing football but with both teams working hard to seize the upper hand without either side creating to much in the way of clear cut chances.
The second half got underway pretty much the same as the first with Caines again bearing the brunt of referees Corps interpretation of the laws of Association Football when a deflected shot went out for what everybody including the Briport defence thought was a corner he signaled goal kick!
The game was continuing much the same as the first with both sides giving away possession in a heated and hectic midffield area, Hodges was next to listen to Corps life story and then moments later picking up a caution for not heeding his advice.
The first goal game when Montecutes arrow like throw into the box was partially cleared to Burton lurking in the midfield area who played a great first time ball out to Hodges who then fed Caines,Caines dillied and dallied before sending in a great cross for his strike partner Day to slam home 1-0 Sherborne 71 minutes played.
One was soon to become two on 77 minutes when again some great midfield hassling from the busy bodies of Farthing and Hodges who seized the ball between them and fed Day who raced though to slide the ball past the on-rushing Bridport custodian to make it 2-0.
Sherborne were content then to try and see the game out a couple of substitutions followed seeing Friend and Jarman come on for Caines and Morgan who had both put in a good shift.Bridports consolation followed in the 85th minute when following a corner Dovell was first to the ball in front of Smith in the home goal to head home and make the last 5 minutes a nervy one for Sherborne but they held on quite comfortably to secure a Dorset El Classico League derby double over the near neighbours.