Away Match vs Cadbury Heath FC (LP Cup)
Wednesday 19 February 2014
Les Phillips Cup 2013/14
Sherborne Town 1st
1-6 (Away Win)
When the text came through on Wednesday lunchtime declaring game on I should have been happy but part of me was thinking I really can't be bothered today, luckily I soon shrugged that feeling off and began to look forward to some Zebra action for the first time in a couple of weeks.The drive up had me worried though as through Shepton Mallet the weather was terrible I began to wonder what scenario I would be faced with on arrival at Cadbury Heath.I needn't of worried however as their ground staff had worked miracles and the pitch was looking in excellent condition.
Sherbornes preparations were not great which is not unusual for mid week fixtures with people working ect.Physio Fred was left standing at Podimore and never made it, assistant Manager Waddleton was working late and Matt Day also had work commitments to meet, so in came Friend for a place in the starting eleven in Matt place.
As the referee signaled the start of the game is was soon apparent that conditions were still very slippery out on the pitch and it was Cochrane who was to audition for the Bambi Christmas show,luckilly Wake was on hand to mop up the damage an this was to be the norm early on as Cadbury started well playing some neat football that had Sherborne on the back foot.It was Wake and Montacute in particular who were stopping any attempted breaches of the Sherborne back line, although it was nearly undone in the 12th minute when some good play down the left wing the Cadbury attacker sent in a decent cross that was headed past an onrushing Smith but just wide of the intended target.
It was then that Sherborne settled down and began to play some neat football Friend nearly profited from the keepers fumbles but the ball was forced out for a throw which then resulted in a corner which Cadbury could only partially clear to the lurking Cochrane who this time managed to stay on his feet and slam the ball into the Cadbury net 1-0 Sherborne 17minutes played.
One was soon to become two when a though ball that the defender was surely favorite to clear didn't factor in the speed and aggression of Caines who hassled the ball him to fire a tremendous shot into the top corner of the net much to the delight of the travelling support 2-0 19 minute played.
This kicked the home side into greater efforts and it was Smith in the away goal that was the steadying influence for Sherborne commanding his area and taking the pressure off his back four as a couple of corners from the Heath were wasted.
The games real talking point came in the 40th minute when Wake(I think) cleared the ball up the near touchline only for the chasing forward to arrive slightly late in his attempts to block the clearance and catch him on the bottom of his foot. The referee had no hesitation in brandishing the red card however i thought definite yellow but not red,our Chairmen on the other hand was happy to support the referees decision and stand in the red corner.After discussion we agreed to disagree and that shows how hard it is for the man in the middle to get every decision right. However the outcome was still Cadbury were down to ten men.
The second half got underway with Cadbury again paying some neat football and enjoying some good possession making Sherborne midfield work hard to close them down and deny them any space to play in.The only efforts they could muster on goal was one sailing well wide and the other flying into the night sky.
Sherborne then got back into the game with a devastating five minute display of neat attacking football with Hodges breaking well combining with Caines who this time turned provided playing a great ball across the box for an advancing Morgan to run onto and smash a volley into the net to round off a great bit of football 3-0 Sherborne 61 minutes played.Three soon became four on 63 minutes when a great cross field ball found Jacobs in acres of space to attack which he did with joy before playing a slide rule pass across a the box for Caines to tap home for his second of the night.
Sherborne were now rampant taking full advantage of having the extra man Morgan was causing all sorts of problems to the Heath defenders and only some quality keeping kept him from doubling his tally for the evening.The match ball was claimed by the superb Caines on 75 minutes when he was played in again by Hodges but still with a bit of work to do he slipped the ball past the defender before coolly dinking it over the on rushing keeper 5-0 Sherborne.
Challenging Caines for goal of the match or even season was Montacute who in recent matches had rediscovered his best form and this was dislayed in the 80th minute when he volleyed in off the underside of the bar in spectacular fashion to claim Sherbornes sixth goal of the evening.The Chairmen was going to give the goal to Ritchie who poked the ball home after it had bounced back out of the goal was having none of it and I think it shows the earlier incident was yellow not red and he needs to go to specsavers :-) 6-0.
Sherbornes concentration finally let them down with 5 minutes to go when the Heath scored a consolation making the final score 6-1 to the Zebras.A great display against a decent Cadbury Heath outfit and it was not hard to see why they are well in at the top half of the table, however Sherborne should take great confidence from a game where they played some great football scored six excellent goals in what was their performance of the season.....so far!