Sherborne Town admit concerns about ever-growing fixture crisis
SHERBORNE Town assistant manager Neil Waddleton admits he has concerns over the fixture congestion that his side now faces until the end of the season.
A combination of cup runs earlier in the season and adverse weather has kept Sherborne out of league action for almost a month and has resulted in them now having several more games to play than their rivals.
And with just under three months remaining until the end of the Toolstation Western League Division One campaign, Waddleton says the backlog of games will make things difficult for the side going forward.
He said: "We're now in the first week of February and we're not even half way through the league yet. It's always special to be involved in cup runs but the big drawback is that you don't play in the league and you fall behind your rivals.
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"With so many games to fit in we're now going to have to play at least twice a week which makes it difficult for us."
The club returned to league action in fine style on Saturday as they won 5-0 away at Corsham Town. Two goals from Marc Caines and further strikes by Steve Burton, Tony Cunningham and Matt Day helped complete a convincing win.
Waddleton praised the Sherborne players for their performance and said it was one of the best displays they have produced all year.
"It took us a little while to get into the game but we got the first goal at the right time which allowed us to settle down and control the game from then on," he said.
"Considering it had been so long since our last league game it was fantastic to win so comfortably, it was one of the performances of the season in my opinion.
"It wasn't just the result that delighted me but the teamwork as well. The lads kept their shape well and worked incredibly hard for each other."
Sherborne currently lie eighth in Division One but could propel themselves into the title fight if they win their games in hand.
And Waddleton said that although promotion is still the Raleigh Grove club's target, the fixture backlog means bouncing back to the Premier Division at the first attempt is far from certain. He said: "Having games in hand doesn't always help you as you have to play more matches than your rivals and they will be fresher than you towards the end of the season.
"We would love to be promoted but with us having to play two games a week it will be a stiff task for us.
"We're going to take each game as it comes and see where it takes us."
By Stephen D'Albiac
SHERBORNE Town under-18s got the better of Westland Sports as they beat their rivals 3-2 in the Dorset County Youth League.
Goals from Luke Williams, Johann Kirsten and Ekoh Sagoe helped Sherborne to victory and ensured they retained their unbeaten record in the league.