Home Match vs Bournemouth (Poppies) FC (Pre-season)
Wednesday 21 July 2010
0-0 (Home Draw)
As much an overused phrase as it is, Sherborne Town's second friendly of the summer truly was a game of two halves.
Bournemouth Poppies again provided opposition that last season competed in the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division and after a vibrant start, the hosts faded after the break.
Continuing in the same style as against Wimborne Town on Saturday, Mickey Spencer's men impressed with slick passing that made light work of the Poppies.
However, the killer touch in the final third was lacking, with both Phil Ormrod and Tony Cunningham failing to make the most of early chances.
Ormrod toiled in attack, pulling the visitors' defence out of shape without bringing a save from the Bournemouth keeper.
Cunningham's best chance came towards the end of the half as he was unable to latch on to a teasing through ball when the faintest of touches would have diverted the ball on target.
It was not just Sherborne, however, that found the going tough up front with Bournemouth stumbling as they gained more of the play.
As Spencer opted to cast his eye over more of the personnel at his disposal, the Poppies attempted to take advantage of a Sherborne outfit lacking shape.
However, the home team's defensive resolve shone through as Bournemouth were limited to shots from distance. Backing up a positive kicking display, replacement keeper Marc Lock made the save of the match as he tipped a long-range drive over the bar.
Spencer said: "It was a good work out but the shape in the middle during the second half was a bit lacking. We have got two more games left before the start of the season and I am looking forward to fine tuning our plans."
Sherborne Town: Roy Emmerson, Ollie Pearson, Nick Jacobs, Jamie Manley, Sean Westlake, Chris Luke, Danny Thompson, Jason Bond, Andy Martin, Phil Ormrod, Tony Cunningham. Subs: Marc Lock, Mike Neish, Kyle Chesterman, Matt Ward, Richard Parkinson, Marc Caines, Dwayne Forshaw.