Away Match vs Clevedon Town FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 23 January 2016
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2015/16
1-2 (Away Win)
Sherborne travelled to Clevedon Town looking to build on their back to back wins in the Toolstation Western League with what is probably their strongest possible squad, back into the starting line up came Marc Caines and Luke Winsper Pete Ireland and Sam Carney were the player to make way for the pair. On the bench was Elliott Mann who could concider himself unlucky not to gain a starting place after his performance coming off the bench last week, Jason Bond and Sam Carney, it was also great to see George Mapletoft returning to the squad after a long term knee injury.
Sherborne started the game well and should have been a goal up in the first minute following some good work from Tony Cunningham who laid the ball off to Steve Friend, Friend flashed a cross across the six yard box that a stretching Marc Caines could only direct wide.
Clevedon were breaking sporadically Alex Whit and Jake Harris combined well until a great tackle from Luke Winsper bought the attack to an end whilst conceding a corner that Clevedon couldn’t convert into a chance. Sherborne were continuing to press, following a short corner Sam Farthing sent over an inviting cross to the back post where Steve Burton and Kris Hastings were lurking but had efforts that were blocked by some last ditch Clevedon defending.
Ryan Gissing went on a mazy run and hit a long range effort that sailed wide on 33 minutes. Sherborne took a deserved lead on 39 minutes after some good refereeing by Mark Derrien who played a good advantage following a foul on Luke Winsper as play developed the ball looped up into the penalty area where Marc Caines rose well to head over the advancing Clevedon goalkeeper Ben Ghast who will be disappointed he didn’t react to the situation quicker.
Clevedon responded immediately through a Syd Cooper effort who sent a well struck shot just over the bar from a central position.
The second half started with neither side settling on the ball, Steve Friend had a shot blocked and Sam Farthing was fouled as he battled for the loose ball on the edge of the box.Tony Cunningham sent the resulting free kick narrowly over the bar. Clevedon were creeping into the game midway through the second period and Jamie Beale was forced to be at his best to keep out a Jake Harris effort on seventy one minutes.Clevedons Alex White picked up a yellow card for a foul on the industrious Adam Barratt as the man in the middle was fighting to keep a lid on the game as tempers rose.
It always looked like Sherborne would double their lead by catching Clevedon on the break as the home side poured forward looking to get themselves back in the game but time and again the final ball was lacking for the Zebras until they eventually got it right on seventy four minutes Marc Caines sent a ball to the back post that Barratt gleefully smashed past Ben Ghast giving him no chance.
A game Sherborne should have seen out relatively comfortably was made harder than it should have been with the lack of a killer ball in the final third. Clevedon were not without their chances Jake Harris bought the best out of the Sherborne custodian followed by substitute Sam Groves. Jake Harris finally got the better of Beale in the eighty fourth minutes sending a thumping shot into the top corner to make the final five minutes a nervous time for the travelling fans but they saw the game out with no more scares to ensure a valuable three points.
Sherborne deserved the three points on the balance of play but did make things hard for themselves by not making the most of their possession when breaking forward, they were not helped by a sticky pitch that given the amount of rain over the preceding week was in a very good condition and a credit to the Clevedon Town groundstaff.
Man of the match went to Adam Barratt who alongside Sam Farthing and Luke Winsper are building up a great partnership. Sherborne:Beale,Montacute,Jacobs,Hastings,Burton,Farthing,Friend,Winsper,Caines,Cunningham,