Home Match vs Cadbury Heath FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 31 January 2015
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2014/15
Sherborne Town 1st
1-2 (Home Defeat)
After an early morning pitch inspection it was game on for Sherborne who welcomed Cadbury Heath to Raleigh Grove. Sherborne were still without their first choice strike pair of Marc Caines who was serving the last of a two game suspension and Phil Ormrod who is recovering from a stomach operation.
Before the game started there was a minutes silence for Terry Gregory who was the President of The Wiltshire FA who passed away this week having given over 50 years’ service to the Football association.
The game kicked off on a sticky surface that was to make free flowing football difficult. It was the home side that was to start the brighter although chances were few and far between. Luke Winsper was on the end of a few robust challenges early on as he looked to get on the ball to get the Zebras playing. The first real chance fell to Sherborne’s striker Steve Friend who got on the end of a Day cross only to see his header tipped over the bar by the visiting custodian Simon Crowford.
Matt Day was next to try his luck but could only watch as his firm strike went narrowly wide of Crowfords goal. The middle part of the half was very bitty with neither side being able to threaten their opponent’s goal as the game struggles to settle into any pattern for either side.
Sherborne’s best chance came on the 28 minute mark when some great footwork form Winsper inside the Cadbury penalty area set up Burton who looked sure to score only for Crowford to pull off a great save to turn Burtons effort over the bar, the ensuing free kick saw Day again try his luck but he could only blaze over.
Cadbury Heath were then incensed as they looked to break forward a last ditch tackle form Bond saw him handle the ball when it looked like the visitor would break on goal, luckily for Bond the referee only saw the foul and not the probable intent to halt the Cadbury attack. The game was getting a little stretched as the half was coming to a conclusion and again Sherborne were missing that killer instinct inside their opponents’ penalty box as a scramble went begging in the 41st minute.
The home side were made to pay for this as with their first real chance of the half Cadbury took the lead following a corner Joe Chandler was afforded the freedom of the penalty are to power home a header to send the visitors into half time with a 1-0 lead.
The Sherborne faithful were looking for the home side to come out fighting in the second half but unfortunately this never happened as the visitors dominated the restart as a strangely subdued Sherborne struggled to get a foothold in the game. Cadbury deservedly double their lead on 51 minute when a poor clearance found Boon out wide, Boon travelled forward took his time they played a cross into the onrushing ace Western League marksman Matt Huxley who beat Beale to the ball to nod home.
Sherborne manager Manley was a frustrated character on the touchline and tried to chance the pattern of the game by replacing Friend for Hurford on 71 minutes, having got themselves into a decent position Cadbury were playing on the break and it took a couple of decent saves from Beale to keep the score line down.
Sherborne finally woke up with 15 minutes to play as they exerted some pressure on the Cadbury back line and eventually hauled themselves back into the game with 10 minutes left as panic from a corner forced Joe Chandler into heading into his own net.
Sherborne had the lion’s share of the final ten minutes but couldn’t breach a staunch Cadbury back line who stood firm, on the break Cadbury should have put the game to bed but some poor choices gave the home side a lifeline to fight for, but alas they ran out of time and succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.
A disappointing home defeat where Sherborne missed the quality up front of Caines and Ormrod.Man of the Match went to Luke Winsper who was involved on most things positive for the home side.