Ruthless Sherborne Town hit Devizes Town for six
SHERBORNE Town boss Jamie Manley was left purring after his side demonstrated a ruthless streak to smash Devizes for six.
The Raleigh Grove outfit entered the Toolstation Western League Division One game on the back of a hard-fought draw against third-placed Calne Town on Wednesday and found themselves 4-0 up at half time against Devizes thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Sam Jarman and a spectacular bicycle kick from Marc Caines.
Caines scored the hosts' fifth after the break and Ollie Wake netted direct from a free kick to complete the rout. Not even the dismissal of pint-sized player-coach Richard Parkinson with just ten minutes remaining on his long-awaited return to the pitch could knock the smile from Manley's face.
The boss explained how his players drew confidence from their midweek result and said: "We had a tough game in the week against Calne. They are the best side we have played against so far and we played really well. I told the lads to build on that performance and that is what they did.
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"Devizes are down the bottom of the league and they have conceded quite a few goals so I said to the lads we could be in for a few goals if we apply ourselves. In the end we could have scored a few more.
"We had three players missing so the lads that came in did a great job. We have been threatening to get a big win as the season has gone on and it would not surprise me if we did again soon. It was only one game but there were some great performances and some great goals."
Sherborne are now unbeaten in five games and the manager is delighted that his players have added a gritty streak to their game which has seen them lose just once in the league all season – the least of any team.
"We are a hard side to beat and we are always up for the fight," said Manley. "It is nice to go on a good run and hopefully we can keep that going. We will take each game as it comes. The clean sheet was really pleasing because we have not kept one for a while."
The Dorset side are back in knockout action on Saturday as they travel to Parley Sports in the Dorset Senior Cup. Hoping to progress and see a continuation of Sherborne's good form, Manley said: "As a player I have won the cup three times and I want to go far as a manager. I can bring in a few players for it as well and mix it up a bit."
SHERBORNE Town's reserve team crashed out of the Magna Dorset Premier League Cup at the first hurdle.
They endured a tough trip to Holt United, who inflicted a 6-1 thumping. They visit Wareham Rangers on Saturday.