Home Match vs Bridport FC (DS Cup)
Wednesday 4 November 2015
Dorset Senior Cup 2015/16
1-1 (Home Draw)
Sherborne manager Jamie Manley was again forced into a host of changes for this Dorset County Cup fixture against Bridport whom we were playing for the fourth time this season. Nick Jacobs,Marc Caines,Steve Burton,Haydn Hodges were all unavailable, back in the side came Ben Cochrane,Kris Hastings,Steve Friend and Sam Farthing.Bridport could only name two substitutes when the team sheets were exchanged.
The match kicked off on a greasy pitch with light drizzle overhead, just ripe for a Dorset Derby!
Sherborne were out of the traps sharply and broke well following a Bridport attack, the ball was fed out wide to Elliott Mann who played a delightful Crossfield pass to the former Bridport man Tony Cunningham who bore down on Josh Hadley in the Bridport goal and rifled a shot into the far corner of the net to give his side a fifth minute lead.
Bridport responded immediately a Chris Senior free kick was blasted wide then Warren Byerley and Mark Slater exchanged passes to set up Sean Stewart who forced a smart save form Jamie Beale.Mark Salter then headed straight at Beale who has rediscovered some of his best form in a Sherborne shirt making another fine save form Senior on 25 minutes.Sherborne were countering well Cunningham and Friend featuring prominently although their radars were awry.
Bridport forced an equaliser in the 31st minute Tom Richardson showing great strength down the left hand side to send a fierce drive that Beale did well to beat out although the rebound returned to Richardson and he made no mistake slamming the ball past a grounded Beale.
Harry Montacute was having a fine game standing in as skipper for the absent Burton leading by example on many occasions although like his fellow strikers on the night he couldn’t trouble Hadley in the visitors goal.
Bridport were dealt a blow right on the stroke of half time when Byerley was forced to retire with an ankle injury, Jamie Beasley came on in his place.
The second half started with Sherborne caught napping Tom Richardson was through on goal but should have done better than to drag his shot wide. The game was livening up with players from both sides using the conditions to slide into tackle form distance, Elliot Mann was the first to enter the referees note book for misjudging a challenge shortly followed by Sam Farthing. Sherborne were pressing well Cian Cabel tried his luck from the edge of the area following a Sherborne corner but couldn’t hit the target. Ryan Hayter was then adjudged to have played a deliberate back pass as Hadley caught the ball on his goal line, Hadley picking up a caution for kicking the ball away in the process again the resultant free kick saw Sherborne blast the ball well over the crossbar.
There only looked like one winner in the latter stages of the ninety minutes Senior picked up a caution for a rash challenge on Montacute.Steve Friend slipped a delicate pass through to Cunningham who should have scored but Hadley made a fine stop to keep his effort out.
Max Buckler then picked up a caution for hauling back Aaron White as he looked to break down the flank.Bridport were forced to play the last five minutes with tem men following a late injury nd having used their two subs, they nearly stole an unlikely winner at the death when Richardson flashed a shot across Beales goal.
Extra time didn’t bring to many chances for either side Jamie Beasley was used to great effect but as for most players on the night his shooting boots were left at o home indeed one effort went out for a Sherborne throw! Cian Cabell and Raith Plant both had efforts for Sherborne but again the Hadley was not called into action.
The tie was to be decided by kicks from the penalty mark and with the shooting that had passed in the previous 120 minutes this was going to be a test for both sides! Sherborne were to strike first blood with Plant and Mann both scoring and Bridports Evans missing the target and Clarke seeing his effort saved Sherborne were looking the likely winners however Cunningham then stepped up and saw his effort saved to give Bridport a glimmer of hope then up stepped Captain Montacute and Farthing who made no mistake to send the hosts through by a score line of 4-2.
A good game of football between two sides with little to choose between them, Manager Manley will be delighted with the performance of his charges who fully deserved to go through on the night and now face an away fixture against Poole Town on December 1st.Man of the Match went to Harry Montacute.