Tuesday 6th September 2016
SHERBORNE TOWN 2 MELKSHAM TOWN 4
Sherborne Town who have conceded 17 goals in the last 3 games were looking to stem the flow of goals against their “table topping” guests from Wiltshire.
Out of the technical area and into the team came Pete Copeland to add experience and guidance to a low in confidence back four.
The home team were up against a good team who will be chasing the honours at the end of season. Sherborne dealt with wave after wave of attacks in the first 15 minutes from the Melksham front line which included the leagues top scorer Luke Ballinger who has netted on 10 occasions already this season.
After a “hat full” of wasted chances, and some smart saves from Sherborne`s keeper Simon Bleazard the visitors finally broke the deadlock with Luke Ballinger netting his 11th goal of the season midway through the first half.
Sherborne were having the odd chance as the half came to a close. David Smith who was the home team’s lone striker chased the Melksham goalkeeper’s clearance down and scored just before the break.
With what was thought to be a confidence boosting equaliser was short lived as Dave Thompson curled a shot from distance into the top corner of the home team’s goal.
2-1 soon turned into 3-1 as substitute Leigh Rogers was on target, quickly followed by Gary Higdon making the scoreline 4-1.
Sherborne continued to play and battle for each ball, even though the game was over as a contest and were rewarded when Pete Ireland fired a conciliation goal towards the end of play.
Next up for Sherborne will be the original “Dorset el clasico” against Bridport being the guests on Wednesday evening at 7-30 pm