Home Match vs Bridport FC (TWLPD)
Wednesday 21 October 2015
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2015/16
2-2 (Home Draw)
Having been on their travels for the last five games it was good to back amongst the familiar surroundings of Raleigh Grove. Looking to halt a run of six straight league defeats it was not going to be easy against a good Bridport side who would surely be fired up for this Dorset Derby. There was one change in the Sherborne starting eleven from Saturday, Cian Cabell coming in for Jake Hobbs.
The match kicked off in light drizzle making the surface a touch greasy but one that was conducive to passing football.Bridport were the first to threaten the score sheet a Ryan Dovell cross flashed across the face of goal just evading the onrushing Warren Byerley.Bridport took the lead on 13 minutes a Shane Evans free kick found Ryan Dovell unmarked eight yards out and he made no mistake powering a header past a stranded Jamie Beale.
Sherborne got themselves back into the game in spectacular fashion after Ben Cochrane had won the ball he fed Luke Winsper who went on a mazy run before sending an unstoppable shot past a floundering Chris Weeks into the top corner of the goal 1-1 17 minutes played.
The visitors nearly retook the lead a minutes later after Aaron White slipped as he was about to clear the ball Bridports Darren Watts sneaked in and nicked the ball, but as he bore down on goal an advancing Jamie Beale did just enough to force Watts to shoot weakly wide.
It was Sherborne who were to edge themselves in front in the 24th minutes when fine work by Haydn Hodges saw him dispossess the Bridport defence and send a ball across goal for Tony Cunningham to poke past Weeks. Sherborne were growing in confidence and began to dominate Aaron White sent a great Crossfield pass to Harry Montacute who controlled the ball well to send in a great cross for Cunningham who could only fire over the bar under pressure from a tackle.
As always in these derby games there was no quarter asked nor given but Sam Buckler can consider himself lucky not to get himself into the referees note book having crudely bought down Cunningham, Referee Rutter choosing a chat rather than the caution most in the ground thought it should be.
Bridport got themselves back on level terms in the 34th minute Chris Clarke found himself in acres of space on the just inside the Sherborne box and with the ball at his feet and a lack of a challenge from the Sherborne defence sent a shot in on goal that Beale got his hands to but couldn’t prevent from hitting the back of the net.
Referee Rutter was not endearing himself to the Sherborne staff or supporters when what looked like another certain caution for Chris Senior when he cynically bought down Luke Winsper was dealt with by another talking to.
The Second half started with Sherborne much the better side without troubling Weeks to much in the home goal a succession of corners well delivered by Winsper caused panic at times but never came close to Sherborne restoring their lead, the nearest they came was Nick Jacobs slicing high and wide from a partial clearance.
As the half wore on Bridport had weathered the storm and were becoming more and more prominent in the Sherborne half Watts turned Ben Cochrane on the edge of the area but could only fire wide of Beales goal.
The game’s biggest talking point came in the 76th minute when Cochran was harshly adjudged to have fouled a Bridport attacker by referee Rutter,it would be fair to say the Sherborne contingent were furious with this decision but they needn’t have worried as Dovell stepped up to fire to Beales left the keeper guest right and pulled off a tremendous save but the danged wasn’t cleared Bridport were first to the rebound but could only thunder a shot against the crossbar.A minute later Beale again excelled himself saving well from Buckler who struck a fine shot from the edge of the box.
Steve Burton was then correctly awarded a yellow card for crudely bringing down a Bridport player, this rather irked the Sherborne staff and supporters who failed to see the difference between the two tackles by Senior and Watts in the first half and Mr Burtons, it is this inconsistency that frustrates all in the game….
Bridport were the stronger side towards the end of the game as it became stretched and they should have bagged all three points at the death when a ball across the face of the Sherborne six yard area found its way to Dovell who inextricably fired over the top of Beales goal and left Sherborne breathing a huge sigh of relief!
An entertaining game of football enjoyed by both sets of supporters that Bridport will feel they should have nicked at the end, for Sherborne things are looking brighter Luke Winsper offers the side an attacking threat they have been missing in recent weeks.Man of the Match went to the aforementioned Luke Winsper a superb goal and involved in most things offensively for his side.