Home Match vs Welton Rovers FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 16 January 2016
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2015/16
1-0 (Home Win)
Sherborne Town manager Jamie Manley was playing down the importance of this fixture but with Welton Rovers two places and five points below Sherborne in the basement of the league table is was a game the home side couldn’t afford to lose.Marc Caines and Luke Winsper were unavailable, in came Pete Ireland and Steve Friend.
The game kicked off on a sticky pitch that had survived an early morning pitch inspection and it was the visitors who were out of the traps first putting the Sherborne defence under constant pressure,Welton striker Antony Conradi was seeing a lot of the ball but couldn’t produce the quality needed to beat Jamie Beale in the home goal although Beale was forced into a top save on 11th minutes turning a fierce drive from Conradi over the top of the cross bar.Sherborne had a free kick on the edge of the area after Sam Farthing had been bought down, Tony Cunningham stepped up and sent a curling effort just over the bar.
The game could be described as scrappy at best as both sides fought for supremacy, the tackles were beginning to fly in.Sam Farthing bagged himself a caution for a rather feisty tackle and Adam Barratt was the victim of being stood on when he lay prostrate on the floor that somehow evaded the eyes of the three match officials but not the 70 odd people in the ground!
Welton had gained the upper hand but were guilty of being wasteful inform of goal Chris Pile broke swiftly but couldn’t hit the target when bearing down on Beales goal.Welton best player on the day Dan Cottle was proving a menace out wide, Steve Burton producing a great defensive clearance as the ball flashed across goal.Cottle then set up Conradi who again was guilty of not testing Beale.Welton finished the half with a host of corners that were not converted into any meaningful efforts on goal.
The second half continued as the first a scrappy affair although Sherborne were competing, neither side registered any efforts of note on target, there were long range efforts from both sides but none of them wold have hit a second set of goalposts! Dan Cottle was cautioned on 59 minutes for a silly push on Adam Barratt.
70 minutes saw the introduction of Elliot Mann who replaced the tiring Steve Friend, this change bough almost immediate dividends as the home side piled the pressure on the Welton back line forcing two successive corners. The game’s only goal arrived in the 72nd minutes Mann sending a strike that looked like it was going wide was inexplicably handled by Weltons Jamie Gregory to give the host a penalty. Mann kept his composure to slot the ball past Sam Lewis to give his side a precious lead.
The goal visibly knocked the visitors’ confidence and Sherborne managed to see out the half with relative ease.
Not a great performance form Sherborne and Welton Rovers will be kicking themselves for the wastefulness in front of goal in the first half when they should have gone into the break with at least a two goal lead. Credit to Sherborne they dug in on a pitch that wasn’t conducive to passing football and got the goal their second half performance deserved. Man of the match was between Steve Burton Harry Montacute and Kris Hasting all superb in their defensive duties, Burton just nicked it for inviting me on the lads end of season tour