Away Match vs Wareham Rangers FC (DPL Cup)


Saturday 15 November 2014


Dorset Premier League Cup 2014/15


Sherborne Town Reserves


1-4 (Away Win)

Match Report

In an early afternoon kick off Sherborne Town ran out 4-1 winners at Wareham Rangers home ground, knocking them out of the cup. Despite a hard fought first half Sherborne went two up inside 41 minutes, giving Wareham a difficult challenge over the next 45.

A slow start for Wareham gave Sherborne an early advantage. The first real chance of the game came for the away side on 8 minutes when the away striker fired a curling shot from the edge of the area just outside the post. Wareham then had a spell of their own and after battling in the middle of the park for possession, won a free kick well inside the opposition half. Paul Hardingfloated in a high ball to the box, where Jordan Basing rose highest and headed a fierce ball to the keeper’s right, however a good save by the away keeper ensured the score line stayed 0-0.

Sherborne had a chance to take the lead on 21 minutes when a midfielderweaved through the Wareham defence, only to find his shot well saved. Despite Sherborne having the better chances, Wareham took the game to the away team and had much possession but were unable to break down a regimented Sherborne side. It was the heavy pressing by the home side that undoubtedly left them vulnerable at the back, and on 37 minutes the first goal of the game was scored. Along throw from the Sherborne defender reached the away sides striker and a strong header powered passed the home keepers top left making the game 1-0.

Wareham again conceded on 41 minutes when a misplaced pass was intercepted and a low shot to the right from the Sherborne striker beat a helpless Wareham keeper.The score at half time saw the away side take a two goal lead; however all was not lost as a battling Wareham side looked promising and still had plenty to play for.

HT: Wareham Rangers 0-2 Sherborne Town Reserves

A halftime substitution for the home side saw Harding being replaced by Aaron Merredew.

As the second half commenced Wareham came out the strongest winning a corner early on and making a quick start. A strike from Michael Whiteat the edge of the box on 54 minutes tested the away keeper who made a smart save to his left. Wareham again pressing forward looked most likely to score after a number of opportunities and high pressure in the Sherborne half. However, it was the visitors who scored the third goal against the run of play. A long throw in was half volleyed into the net by the away strikerto make it 3-0 to the away side on 56 minutes.

Two minutes later a fourth goal was scored by the away side in which a goalmouth scramble was eventually bundled in by a Sherborne defender, making it two goals in two minutes for Sherborne, and 4-0 on 58 minutes.

On 59 minutes Merredew was through on goal from a ball over the top of the defence when a dubious offside call was given, it appeared luck was not on the home team’s side and a free kick was given for Sherborne. As the second half wore on again Wareham looked most likely to score, piling on the pressure. At last the breakthrough came through for Wareham on 69 minutes. After a string of successful quick passes the ball fell for Duane Hobbswho half volleyed a thunderous shot in the top right of the goal from 25 yards out. Wareham had dominated the second half and a fantastic goal finished off some slick play, making the score 4-1 on 69 minutes.

On 75 minutes Sherborne made their second substitution of the afternoon with a defender replacing a striker in an attempt to see out the end of the game. In the last fifteen minutes Wareham dominated the play and another goal looked likely. On 80 minutes the away side made their final substitution of the day with a midfielder replacing a striker in an attempt to sure up the midfield which had been overrun by Wareham in the second half. After five minutes of extra play, the referee called time with the final score 4-1 to the visitors.      

By Brett Merredew