Home Match vs Willand Rovers FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 12 December 2015
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2015/16
0-4 (Home Defeat)
Sherborne welcomed Devon side Willand Rovers looking to build on last week’s fine success at Longwell Green. Midfield lynchpins Sam Farthing and Luke Winsper were both out injured whilst Nick Jacobs was unavailable.
Willand started the game playing against a strong wind and were immediately on the front foot causing the Sherborne back line problems. The home side were dealt a severe blow in the seventh minute when the recently outstanding Kris Hasting suffered facial injury that was to eventually rule him out of the game having to be replaced by Jonny Manley in the 16th minute.
The first real chance of the game came in the tenth minute when Willand won a corner that was met by James Blake whose header from six yards was superbly kept out by Jamie Beale in the home goal.Marc Caines had a header form Harry Montacutes free kick go close two minutes later. Early indications were that it was going to be a tough afternoon for the zebras.Beale was called into action again on fourteen minutes again saving well from Blake who was put through on goal by Angus Wilson.
Willand had to wait for the lead they deserved until the 45th minute when after Sherborne had failed to clear their lines Blake finally got the better of Beale beating him to a through ball on the edge fo the penalty area to poke past the committed keeper and send the visitors into the break one goal to the good.
Any thoughts that Sherborne had of getting back into the game were quickly extinguished early in the second half by David Steel who picked up a pass form James Blake on the edge of the area and drove a great shot past a stranded Beale to effectively seal the result.
The game then went into a dull period with little action form wither side as Willand totally controlled the game penning Sherborne back for large periods, Willand had to wait until the seventy first minute to treble their lead this time it came after Brett Worbey was felled after going on a fine run,Worbey dusted himself down and promptly sent the resultant free kick flying past a static Beale in the home goal.
The rout was finished in the 83rd minute after fine build up play a cross was met by Man of the match David Steele who sent a powerful header flying past Beale to complete their emphatic win.
A very disappointing afternoon for the Zebras who were second best on the day and failed to test the visiting keeping throughout the afternoon not helped by injuries before and during the match, for Willand a solid performance based on good football and healthy work rate to ensure a deserved win.