Match Report Saturday 26th September
Bridport Reserves 0 - 1 Sherborne Town FC Reserves
Dorset Premier League
Saturday saw us travel down to Bridport Town to take on the Reserve’s side who were looking to get their first win of the new season and we were looking to bounce back from our narrow defeat to Gillingham Town the week before.
This looked to be a great opportunity for us to get back to winning ways and get our performance back to the levels that we had been showing in our first two games of the season.
The game got underway way and we immediately started quick by pressing the ball high and keeping our shape allowing us to take control of the game and dictate things. Our passing was slick and our movement was good whilst we kept our shape and discipline well which allowed us to create plenty of opportunities for the majority of the first half however in the last 10 minutes we started to lose our shape and allowed Bridport back into the game. Missed Opportunities from ourselves and several good saves from the Bridport Goal Keeper saw the first half end 0-0.
My talk with the lads at half time was for us to keep our intensity off of the ball and remain patient, keep playing our game and keep our composure on the ball and we will get the opening goal, you could see it was coming.
We started the second half quick and we were looking sharp and pressed Bridport high where we were forcing the Bridport defence into making mistakes which allowed us to win the ball back in the right areas. The immediate pressure paid off with us winning a corner within the first 5 minutes of the second half where the eventual man of the match Steven Burton latched on to the corner to head it back across goal to allow Steven Friend to fire the ball into the back of the Bridport goal from close range to put us into the lead, 1-0.
From the restart Bridport came alive and was beginning to over commit and throw everything at us so we sat back and regained our shape and absorbed some of the pressure for a third of the second half and again our defending was superb. The group showed a great tenacity and togetherness to fight for each other and do everything they could to prevent Bridport from trying to get an equaliser.
With Bridport having a good spell for 15 minutes of the second half you could see they began to tire and over commit still and leave gaps in between and I saw this as a chance to introduce fresh lags and pace into our attacking options for the last 15 minutes. I made two changes and brought Ashley Guppy on for Nick Jacobs and Peter Ireland on for Steven Friend. This gave us a quick outlet and the option for our midfielders to drop the ball in behind the Bridport back four and expose them with Peter and Ashley’s pace which worked well for us. The final 10 minutes of the game we looked dangerous and the more likely to get the next goal especially when our midfield set Ashley Guppy free in a one on one situation with a Bridport Centre Half which Ashley left in his trails then finding himself through on goal with only the Bridport Goal Keeper to beat but unfortunately fired his shot wide of the target.
This ended up being the last clear cut chance for both teams and the game finished with us get the 1-0 win that was deserved and bringing the 3 points back home.
All round the lads showed great character and spirit to bounce back from last week and put together a performance that was important for us to do but we know there is still more improvement in us yet.
This week we eventually and thankfully find ourselves back at Raleigh Grove after a month on the road where we will host Dorchester Sports in the Dorset Senior Trophy competition. This should be a good game of football and hopefully like our league campaign we can get off to a good start in the Cup and get a good run going.
For anyone who can’t make it to our first team’s game this Saturday away at Longwell Green we would love to see you up at The Grove giving our lads some support and hopefully we will put on a good game for you with Kick Off at 2:30pm.
Stay safe and well and thank you for the continued support.