Home Match vs Barnstaple Town FC (TWLPD)
Saturday 27 February 2016
Toolstation Western League Premier Division 2015/16
1-1 (Home Draw)
Sherborne welcomed Barnstaple Town to Raleigh Grove on a fine sunny but chilly afternoon.Once again manager Jamie Manley was forced into chances from Wednesdays disappointing 3-2 defeat at Cadbury Heath, Club Captain Steve Burton was on holiday returning to the side was Kris Hastings, Elliott Mann and Sam Carney there were places on the bench for Haydn Brown,Pete Ireland and the boss himself Jamie Manley.
The game kicked off with Barnstaple playing with a strong wind in their favour which they made pay in the early stages by immediately putting the home side under pressure, forcing two corners, one of which James Mayne rose well but couldn’t direct his header on target. Barnstaple were unsettled early on when Will Nicholls suffered an early injury that forced him to withdraw from the game to be replaced by Shaun Copp. It was Sherborne who took the lead with their first purposeful venture into enemy territory Harry Montacute sending in a long throw that Luke Winsper, who had survived a pre-match fitness test volleyed home from six yards out to give his side a 12th minute lead.
This spurned the Barum into greater efforts and the game got rather frantic for a period of time with neither side settling on the ball for any periods of play, Nick Jacobs produced a great blocking tackle to deny the dangerous Ryan Turner and Kris Hasting did the same around the half hour mark as the visitors looked to get back into the game.The equaliser eventually came on the stroke of half time when a corner sent in was not dealt with by the Sherborne defence and as it dropped in the six yard area James Mayne was the first to react and sent the ball into the Sherborne net. There was just enough time left in the half for Sam Farthing to pick up a caution for a late challenge.
The second half was to be dominated by the visitors and they should have got themselves into the lead in the 54th minutes after James Turner found himself in on goal having rounded the Sherborne keeper Jamie Beale however he wanted to much time and this allowed Kris Hastings to slide in and make an outstanding tackle to stop the ball from entering the net. Shaun Copp had an effort sail just over the crossbar from the edge of the area as Barnstaple pressed for a winner but the Sherborne defence stood resolute.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and when George Mapletoft suffered a hamstring injury with six minutes remaining the only substitute left for Sherborne was the veteran defender Jamie Manley who fancied his chances of nicking a goal by playing up front??
Barnstaple thought they had found the winner in the 86th minute when a fine run and cross from Copp was met by Ryan Turner who smashed the ball past Beale only to look up and see the assistant referees flag raised to penalise him for being in an offside position, much to the delight of the home side and the dismay of the visitors who were sure the ball was played square and therefore the goal should have stood.With no further chances the referee bought proceedings to a close.
A good point and superb defensive display from for Sherborne given the frailties displayed in mid-week, Barnstaple will be disappointed to leave with only a point given their possession especially in the second half.Man of the Match went to Kris Hastings who stood firm alongside Montacute,Mapletoft,Jacobs and Bond who all played their part in keeping Barnstaple at bay.