Away Match vs Longwell Green Sports FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 5 December 2015
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2015/16
0-6 (Away Win)
Having seen Winterbourne United withdraw from the league in midweek meant Sherborne had dropped to second bottom of the table and with today’s opponents Longwell Green sitting two places and four points above them it was a game Sherborne Town needed to win to avoid being set adrift from the rest of the pack. Jamie Manleys team was boosted by the signing of Adam Barratt form Gillingham and he took a place in the starting line up alongside the returning Luke Winsper in midfield. Watching the players before kick-off it was evident the team spirit had returned which put me in a confident mood that there would be a positive result for the Zebras!
The game kicked off in very high winds in which both sides settled to deal with, Harry Montacute tried his luck early doors but couldn’t find the target and for Longwell Green there were long range efforts form Matt Spiller and Liam Oswin.Montacute picked up the first and only caution of the day for bringing down an opponent 25yards from goal, The resultant free kick was wasted by Longwell.
The first goal of the game came from a long throw from Montacute that saw the inform and unmarked striker Sam Farthing fire past Jack Madge in the home goal.Mann had a great chance to double his and Sherbornes tally when Marc Caines set him free but this time he found Madge a tough nut to crack and the shot stopper pulled of a great save.
Sherbornes second goal came in fine style on 38 minutes following a Longwell Green attack the ball fell to Sam Farthing on the edge of the area, many players would have “hoofed” the ball clear but not Sam who played the ball out to Steve Friend who travelled before feeding Elliot Mann out wide Mann controlled the ball before sending it across goal for Harry Montacute who had run the length of the pitch to smash it passed Madge. Great goal boys!
Longwell nearly got themselves back into the game on the stroke of half time following two corners the ball found its way to the edge of the area where Jack Rhys Jones sent a thunderous shot towards the top corner only to see Jamie Beale spring into action to make a fine save turning it over the crossbar.
The second half got off to a great start for Sherborne and in an almost carbon copy off the first goal a long throw from Montacute found Mann who controlled the ball and slotted it past Madge inside the far post to make it 3-0 on 50 minutes.
To their credit Longwell never gave up and kept pouring forward looking for a way past the Sherborne defence, but as in the last few games the central pairing of Aaron White and Kris Hastings are proving a solid unit to shift. White made a great tackle that led to a corner and with the Sherborne bench imploring Luke Winsper to get on the front post duly saw him obey his commence and then clear a header off the line…..well done coaches…and Winnie
Sherborne fourth goal was again on the counter attack this time it was Nick Jacobs who made a vital interception in the defensive area before sliding a pass to Winsper who in turn found Mann, Mann slid a slide rule ball through to the onrushing Friend who made no mistake to grab a deserved goal. Friend who had put in a great shift on a heavy pitch then made way for Pete Ireland.
The Mann of the moment Eliot Mann then grabbed his second of the day and Sherborne fifth when he latched on to a Caines through ball to slot past the advancing Madge and with moments left in the game Mann turned provider to set up substitute Pete Ireland who tapped inform a yard to seal only Sherborne second win of the season.
A superb performance from Sherborne Town, they played the conditions brilliantly catching Longwell Green repeatedly on the counter attack playing some great football and showing a confidence that belied their league position. Man of the Match could have gone to one of many Farthing,Montacute,Winsper and Barratt were top notch but on the day young Elliot Mann has to be the choice.