Away Match vs Bradford Town FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 3 October 2015
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2015/16
3-0 (Away Defeat)
Sherborne are on a tough run of games at the moment and todays game is no exception opponents Bradford Town having pushed Southern League high flyers Chippenham close in the FA Vase last week. Sherborne Manager Jamie Manleys cause has not been helped by player injury and unavailability which has meant he has struggled to field a settled side in the early part of the season.Marc Caines returned from injury and Pete Ireland was available, Harry Montacute,George Mapletoft and Jason Bond were all out.
Bradford started the game on the front foot playing with confidence forcing a couple of early corners as Sherborne defended desparately.The home side nearly took the lead in the sixth minute a long ball over the top was met by Jack Hopper who controlled the ball and ran in on goal only to be halted by a smart stop form Jamie Beale in the away goal. Parity to the score was short lived when another attack saw a far post cross controlled and fired home by the Bradford skipper Aaron Wilson.
The closest Sherborne came in the first half was Marc Caines shooting over from the edge of the area following fine work form Nick Jacobs who supplied the cross.
Sherborne started the second half much better than they had played the first,Caines and Ben Cochrane combined well only for Cochranes header to sail over,Sherbornes best chance of the game came moments later Haydn Hodges sent a cross along the six yard box that fell to Pete Ireland who sent a shot in that was well saved by Jamie Bartlett in the home goal, Sam Farthing was then unlucky to see his shot go narrowly wide.
Sherborne were made to pay for not getting themselves on the score sheet Beale was forced into a great save from Bradfords Sam Jordan and then moments later when Tyson Pollard was given acres of space at the far post.Bradfords almost inevitable second goal came from the boot of the prolific Sam Jordan who got on the end of a fine far post cross from Rickey Scott.
The game was over as a contest a minute later as Jack Hopper made his way into the penalty area he was bought down by Steve Burton up stepped Micheal Rimmer to confidently fire the ball into the top corner giving Beale no chance.
A disappointing defeat for Sherborne who for a spell in the second period threatened played some good football and should have got themselves on the scoresheet, however there can be no complaints about the score line, Bradford Town were worthy winners on the day.Sherborne have a break from league action next week when they travel to Wellington in the Les Phillips Cup.