Away Match vs Bridport FC (DS Cup)


Tuesday 28 October 2014


Dorset Senior Cup 2014/15


Sherborne Town 1st


0-1 (Away Win)


Haydn Hodges

Match Report

Sherborne travelled to Bridport looking to gain revenge on a league defeat earlier in the season and hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s Dorset Senior Cup fixture which saw multiple red and yellow cards.Matt Day and Steve Burton were welcomed back into the starting line-up.
Bridport kicked off the match in slight drizzle although it was a calm warm evening, Sherborne made their intent clear right from the off not giving Bridport a moment to settle on the ball.Montacute made an early foray into enemy territory but couldn’t keep his shot on target and Matt Day also made one of his trademark penetrating runs at the defence but also couldn’t test Weeks in the home goal. Burton was net to attempt an effort on goal but alas another effort for the ball boys to collect!
Disaster was to strike Bridport in the 16th minute when the influential Byerley has to be escorted off the pitch with what looked like a knee injury, he was replaced by Filkins.Bridport registered their first meaningful attempt in the 19th minute when Symmes tried his luck but could only shoot over.
Sherborne continued to dominate and play the brighter football Jacobs combined well with the hard working Friend but again another shot wide, although this effort gave him a sighter as moments later he called the home custodian Weeks into action. Mark Morley latched onto a great cross field ball before cutting into the danger area but scuffing his shot wide of the target.
The breakthrough came in a genuine route one fashions fashion, Jamie Beale launched a goal kick onto the head of Marc Caines who flicked it on to Haydn Hodges who calmly lobbed Weeks in the home goal who may be a bit disappointed he never kept the ball out getting both hand s on it as it sailed over his head 1-0 Sherborne 25 minutes played.
Bridport sought to get back into the game immediately by forcing a corner but wasted the chance.Caines was again in the thick of the action forcing Weeks into a fine save. Burton and Farthing were putting in a great shift in the middle of the park stopping Bridport from playing and crating chances going forward. Burton was unlucky to see his long range effort bounce back off the Bridport bar and away to safety.
Symmes was looking dangerous when Bridport did break forward but couldn’t test the ability of Beale.Montacute was unlucky to pick up a yellow card when bringing down the lively Morley on the stroke of half time when it looked like the Bridport wingman had slipped.Bridport wasted the resulting free kick and were nearly made to pay when a quick break saw Day away and bearing down on goal only see his well stuck shot rebound of the post. 
If Sherborne were the dominant force in the first half it was certainly Bridport who had the lions share of the second,Montacute had to be alert to stop Symmes breaking through on goal as early as the 49th minute.Symmes was then unlucky to see his header from a Morley cross just slide wide of the goal with Beale stranded.
For all of Bridport possession and endeavour they never really created to many clear cut chances as Sherborne defended well as a team. On 59 minutes Morley who was beginning to feature more in the game fed Condliffe with  cross filed ball a great strike from left the Bridport defender with his head in his hands as the effort hit the inside of Beales post only to bounce away to safety.
 Sherborne only had one meaningful effort on the Bridport goal in the second half Marc Caines seeing an effort creep just wide of Weeks’ near post with the keeper merely watching.
The last 15 minutes were truncated by substitutions and Sherborne managed to see the game out with little drama.A classic game of two half and Bridport will feel they deserved to a goal for their troubles. Sherborne manager Jamie Manley will have been pleased to have inflicted Bridport first defeat in 5 games especially with the way his side defended as a unit and to get a clean sheet will be an added bonus. Man of the Match was difficult to pick, Marc Caines worked hard for the full ninety minutes Sam Farthing was his usual menacing self but Haydn Hodges bags the award for his goal and industrious work getting back to somewhere near his best form.