Home Match vs Melksham Town FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 24 October 2015
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2015/16
0-0 (Home Draw)
Sherborne were looking to build on their midweek point gained against Bridport but knew they were in for a tough day against last year leagues champions who look like they will be in for a shout again this year having made a good start to the season. Back in the side were Marc Caines and Jonny Manley replacing the unavailable Tony Cunningham and Aaron White. Taking a place on the bench was stepping up again from the reserves was Jake Hobbs.
The persistent morning rain stopped right on kick off and had made the Raleigh Grove pitch ripe for quick passing football and it was the visitors who were out of the traps quickest putting the Sherborne defence under pressure forcing an early corner.Ben Thomson was featuring prominently swinging in a teasing cross that Dan Kovacs could only fire over form eight yards out. Moments later Kovacs turned provider picking up a pass from Thomson to set up Gary Higdon but again the shot only troubled the safety netting behind the goal.
Sherborne were struggling to retain any kind of possession frequently giving the ball away and it looked like it was just a matter of time before the visitors got on the score sheet, Gary Higdon set up Joe Straddling but again the shot was well wide.
Having weathered the storm Sherborne began to mount some pressure on the Melksham goal but were not help when the normally dependable Man in Black Martin Underhay went to sleep for five minutes and missed two corners that should have been awarded to the home side, the frustration of the home side got the better of them particularly Sam Farthing and Haydn Hodges who both picked up cautions for their continued protests.
Melksham ended the half as they had started the game with a couple of corners but couldn’t make them pay as the Sherborne rear guard stood resolute.
Melksham continued their assault on the home goal at the start of the second half again forcing two quick corners that again were ably dealt with,Melksham were becoming a frustrated side illustrated when Ben Thomson smashed a shot wide when a ball across the box would have been better, his Manager was not shy in reminding him of this!
Sherborne then started to assert some continued pressure on the Melksham goal Cian Cabel and Marc Caine’s combined well to set up Luke Winsper who had a fine shot well saved by Rob Brown in the visiting goal. A Winsper corner moments later was headed narrowly over by Jonny Manley and Sam Farthing saw a shot sail just over the crossbar after good work by Caine’s and Winsper had set him up.
There was just time at the end of the game for the skipper to pick up a caution at the end of the game for a tackle in the middle of the park.
It was a frustrated Melksham that trudged of at the end of the game knowing they should have made their early dominance pay, for Sherborne they are getting back to somewhere near their best with every player playing their part in ensuring they took something form the game. Man of the Match was difficult to pick with strong performances from 1-11 but just edging it from Jonny Manley was Ben Cochrane, another dominant performance….. Arriving at the club early to help with some clubhouse maintenance helped his cause and personified what non-league football and Sherborne Town is all about!