Home Match vs Cranborne FC (DPL Cup)
Saturday 15 January 2011
Dorset Premier League Cup 2010/11
6-1 (Home Win)
Stuart Sweatman - fine hat-trick
Sherborne Town Reserves survived an early scare against Cranborne to crush the strugglers 6-1 and earn a place in the Second Round of the Magna Dorset Premier League Cup.
The Cranes, bottom of the division with just four points to their name, made the most of keeper Marc Lock's positioning to break the deadlock within five minutes from a free kick.
However, the Raleigh Grove hosts hit back to lead 2-1 at half time, piling on the misery after the break with four further strikes.
Manager Jason Lock said: "It was a poor first half and the weather really did play a part with the wind and a sticky pitch.
"It was a struggle to play football but it showed our character that we can grind out results and overall it was very pleasing.
"We went behind early on and it was a good strike, but went on to dominate the game and did not give away much at all."
Sam Jarman levelled for Sherborne after 12 minutes, converting a cross after taking several attempts to finish.
Ten minutes later the home team forged ahead when Stuart Sweatman beat three defenders at the far post to head come Jordan Butler's delivery.
Sherborne had to wait until the 55th minute for goal number three, as George Warr's perfectly-weighted through-ball allowed Sweatman to round the keeper and score from 18 yards.
Butler's cross caused panic in the Cranborne area on 65 minutes, before Shane Adcock Case set himself and curled the ball beyond the reach of the keeper.
Soon after, Lock made up for his early error, acrobatically tipping over a long range effort from a visiting attacker.
On 78 minutes Warr beat the offside trap to race through on goal, only to be a dispossessed by a clumsy combination challenge from stopper and defender.
However, the ball was only cleared as far as Sweatman to complete his hat-trick from 20 yards to make the score 5-1.
Sherborne completed the rout on the stroke of full time when Sweatman flicked on substitute Chris Hedges' long throw. Warr, with his back to goal, controlled, turned and finished.
Warr and Sweatman have now netted nine times in three games since being partnered together, with the latter having scored ten in seven.
Lock said: "The first half was a midfield slog. We had a lot of possession but were not really making any inroads.
"We talked about where we were going wrong and playing with the wind in the opening 45 minutes we thought we would have needed more of an advantage.
"We played into the wind after the break which meant we had to play football, and that is what we did. We got the ball down and passed it around well.
"I am pleased we are still unbeaten at home this season and we scored six. However, I do not know if we can keep carrying on with fortnight gaps between games as it might bite us back."
Sherborne Town Reserves: Marc Lock, James Thompson, Steve Jervis, Craig Dabinett, Neil Budden, Shane Adcock Case, Nathan Geary, Sam Jarman, Jordan Butler, George Warr, Stuart Sweatman. Subs: Chris Hedges, Paul Dalmasso, Sam Vine, Jason Bond, Dwayne Forshaw.