Sherborne Town must cut out 'silly mistakes' to maintain challenge
SHERBORNE Town must cut out silly mistakes in order to achieve both league and cup success, according to boss Jamie Manley.
The Raleigh Grove outfit played just their eighth Toolstation Western League Division One game of the season on Saturday, drawing 2-2 against Corsham Town with both teams reduced to ten men.
Sherborne entered last night's clash with second-placed Calne Town having lost just once in the league, but with four stalemates to their name.
Manley admitted that their run to the FA Vase Second Round had impacted on their Division One campaign, but added work can be done to manage their quest for glory on two fronts.
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"We are getting punished for silly mistakes," he said. "That is the only disappointing thing. If we are making a mistake we are getting punished and if we cut those out we will be solid across the pitch.
"We are going from a cup game to league game and we set up differently for whichever competition we are playing in.
"It will be good to get a run of league games together, pick up points and climb the league. That is the only problem of being successful in the cup, it does hamper your league position.
"But it is a long season, there is plenty of time to go. We will keep going and hopefully we will be there or thereabouts at the end."
Sam Jarman missed his third penalty of the season to leave Saturday's first half goal-less before he atoned for his error by levelling soon after Corsham's opener minutes after the interval.
Haydn Binding gave Sherborne the lead only for a mix-up at the back to cost the hosts two points. A visitor saw red for two bookings, the second after he hauled Jarman to the ground, whilst Harry Montacute joined him on the touchline when he was adjudged to have felled an attacker.
Manley said: "Our work rate all over the pitch was superb and I knew we always had enough to get back after they scored from a corner. Sam missed a penalty and Tony Cunningham hit the crossbar.
"To be fair, I was pretty happy and comfortable at half time. I said if we carried on as we were but upped our tempo we would get something of the game. I spoke to Harry about his sending off and he said it wasn't a red card offence. Both players were running back to goal, Harry went to go across the lad and clipped him. The referee's assistant gave it."
SHERBORNE Town Reserves return to action at Holt United in the Magna Dorset Premier League Cup on Saturday.