Home Match vs Bradford Town FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 14 February 2015
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2014/15
Sherborne Town 1st
1-3 (Home Defeat)
Sherborne welcomed Bradford Sports to Raleigh Grove for this Toolstation Western League fixture looking to stop a run of two defeats by the odd goal.Marc Caines was missing through illness, Tony Cunningham made a first team return after a long absence due to illness and took a place on the bench.
The game started well for Sherborne and the home side should have taken an early lead when Friend found himself unmarked and in space six yards out but his shot failed to trouble Bartlett in the visiting goal as it hit the side netting.Bradfords lively Jordan had a couple of half chances comfortably saved by Beale.
Sherborne were looking the more dangerous of the two sides, Friend had a strike deflected wide and Day fired over from distance.Bradford retaliated through Plummer who saw his shot well saved by Beale.The home side took a deserved lead in the twenty seventh minute and it came in fine style, Hodges working hard won the ball on the edge of the area and fed the ball to Farthing who slipped a clever ball through for Bond as he had made a good run into the box to fire the ball past Bartlett.
Bradford went on the attack right form the kick off and it took some composed defending from Burton to keep them at bay.Minutes later Burton to pick up a caution when he bought down Jordan.Sherborne had one final chance on the stroke of half time, Montacute picked up the ball out wide and whipped a delightful ball across the Bradford penalty area that just evaded the on rushing Farthing.
Not for the first time this season a dominant first half performance that was undone by some poor decision making in the second half and Bradford were soon back on levels terms just after the resumption of the game. Losing the ball in the midfield area Straddling was sent through to fire the ball past Beale 1-1 fifty minutes played.
The fifty third minute provided the games talking point as Bradford Josh Brigham was sent form the field of play for a challenge on Steve Friend on the edge of the area. The referee saw it a serious foul play which infuriated the Bradford contingent, the home supporters had mixed views, some saw it as a fair tackle some agreed with the referee! Hulbert also picked up a yellow for persistent dissent to the referee.
As sometimes happen a sending off spurs the team who feel wronged into greater efforts and this proved the case as the visitors poured forward looking to take the lead which they duly did in the sixty third minute as Plummer picked up the ball form a through in he made his way across the penalty area where he was upended by a poor tackle from Mapletoft, the referee had no hesitation in awarding the spot kick which Plummer cooly despatched past Beale.
Sherborne went in search of an equaliser, a couple of free kicks in dangerous area never threatened Bartletts goal. Cunningham came on for Friend and Jarman replaced Day as the zebras looked to freshen things up. The equaliser should have come in the eighty third minutes when following a goal mouth scramble the ball fell to Jacobs who somehow shot wide from a couple of yards, a miss The home side were made to pay for six minutes later. Plummer who had proved a menace all afternoon worked his way past two defenders to fire past Beale to send the visitors into a 3-1 lead.
A disappointing 3-1 loss for Sherborne who once again were punished for not making their dominance pay against a Bradford Town who were clinical in front of goal when their chances came.