Away Match vs Poole Town FC (DS Cup)
Tuesday 1 December 2015
Dorset Senior Cup 2015/16
Sherborne Town 1st
1-2 (Away Win)
Sherborne took a welcome break from Toolstation Western League action to travel to Poole Town to face the Southern League Leaders in the Dorset Senior Cup.Kev Leigh and Wayne Jerome were to head the Zebras coaching staff in manager Jamie Manleys absence.Sherborne were without Marc Caines and Luke Winsper,Club Captain Steve Burton was only fit for a place on the bench.Poole opted to field a much changed side than that of their previous Southern League game, a decision Manager Tommy Killick was later to rue.
The home side were to start the brighter as their pacy young side looked to get the ball into wide area quickly, Luke Stone had the first effort on goal but dragged his shot well wide of Jamie Beales goal. Sherborne settled and played some great football at times Steve Friend send a diving header wide of Tom Rees goal on 7 minutes.The 11th minute should have seen Sherborne go a goal to the good Harry Montacute fed Raith Plant from a free kick, Plant played a clever ball to Elliott Mann who lacked the composure required and fired wildly over when he should have hit the target.
Aaron White and Kris Hastings continued their excellent form from Saturday stubbing out any threats on the Sherborne goal,Stone was looking lively for Poole and was howling for a penalty when he went down after being pressured by White as he looked to bear down on goal, Referee James Durkin was unmoved by the protests.George Richardson was the first to pick up a caution for pulling back Plant on 32 minutes.Conner Doe had a decent header at the far post go just over Beales crossbar.Sherborne took a deserved lead in the 33rd minutes Sam Carney showing up well in the midfield area fed Mann who this time made no mistake turning the Poole defence inside out before firing past Rees in the home goal.
If Sherborne were the better side in the first half Poole were certainly that in the second,Poole sent on Dominic Panesar at half time and he looked dangerous going forward,Beale was forced into a fine save from Alan Connell who had a frustrating night but should have scored when in on goal but Beale produced a fine save to turn his shot around the post.The hosts continued to pour forward and had some guilt edge chances Beale again saving well and then seeing the ball bounce off the post and into his arms.Ollie Davis was also featuring prominently in the second half but Sherborne stood firm.Toby Holmes missed a sitter inside the six yard area after Beale had beaten out an attempt at goal.
Just as it looked like Sherborne would hold on for an unlikely victory Jamie Beale decided he was enjoying the game so much he wanted an extra half an hour, following a misplaced back header Beale attempted to stop it going out for a Poole corner but in doing so merely palmed the ball into the path of a grateful Ollie Davis who gleefully walked the ball into an empty net to send the game into extra time.
The late goal appeared to knock the stuffing out of the Sherborne players as a now confident Poole side went for the jugular, credit to the Sherborne players they dug deep to ride out the storm and then in the 107th minute took the lead for the second time substitute Alex Hodges sent in a great cross that was well controlled by Mann who coolly fired under the body of Tom Ree’s much to the delight of the Sherborne committee gathered behind the goal. The zebras saw out the rest of the game with relative ease to earn a much warranted victory against a good, well coached Poole Town side who played some good passing football. Sherborne thoroughly deserved their victory especially for their first half performance where they played some great passing football although they did ride their luck during periods of the second half.
Man of the match went to Elliott Mann closely followed by Sam Carney and Kris Hastings.