Res match report
Tuesday 6th September 2016
CRANBORNE 3 SHERBORNE TOWN RES 2
Two sides fighting for points at the bottom of the table put in a fully committed and entertaining game for spectators in torrential rain at Cranborne recreation ground. Both side created several opportunities in the opening 20 minutes and Cranborne's seeming reluctance to pull the trigger came back to kick them in the backside when Peter Bray broke free of a static Cranborne back line to neatly slot the ball home after 22 minutes. Both sides continued to look dangerous up until the break with Sherborne being unable to hit the target with several half chances from distance and Cranborne still seemingly being reluctant to shoot when opportunities arose. HT 0-1 Cranborne started the second half on the front foot and seemed the more likely to score but Sherborne again broke the offside trap and Bray bagged his and Sherborne's 2nd after 42 minutes. At this point the writing looked to be on the wall but to their credit Cranborne continued to press and look the more likely. The turning point came after 60 minutes when Brandon Wellham reacted to some verbal provocation gaining a booking for his reaction. Cranborne immediately decided it was better to end the game with 11 players than 10 and substituted Wellham for Adam Long. The change was decisive when less than a minute later Long controlled the ball in the area, held off the defender and played the ball in to the path of Lewis Ryan who hit an unstoppable drive into the top right hand corner. 4 minutes later Long peeled off the last Sherborne defender and latched on to a through ball before blasting a left foot strike beyond a static Sherborne goal keeper. With Cranborne now in the ascendancy the decision not to withdraw Charlie Weir after a reckless if non-malicious challenge after 72 minutes saw him pick up a booking was rewarded when he met a left wing cross after 79 minutes to score with a glorious diving header to win the game. Matt Read in the home goal then made a glorious save low down to his left hand side to keep the final score 3-2 to the home side. Two sides at the lower reaches of the league should be congratulated for a thoroughly entertaining game which in reality could have gone either way. Credit should also go to the 3 officials who controlled a competitive fixture assuredly and sensibly.