Sherborne Town ready to start 'exciting' FA Cup run at Christchurch
SHERBORNE Town impressed on their return to the Toolstation Western League Premier Division as a youthful side lacking key players held pre-season favourites Brislington to a goalless draw.
Despite the unavailability of many first-team regulars due to striker Tony Cunningham’s wedding, the side more than held their own and showed that they will be a threat to many opposition this season.
Sherborne assistant manager Neil Waddleton was full of praise for his side and said the club’s youngsters could not have given a better account of themselves at Ironmould Lane.
He said: “We were delighted with the result, we went there with a young side and with so many players unavailable we had a lot of players who had not even played at Western League level before.
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“I feared the worst before the game because Brislington are a very strong team, but the lads were a credit to the club.
“For our first game back in this league, to go away to face a team who finished runners-up last year and are one of the favourites for the title and get a point was just fantastic and I couldn’t have asked any more of them.”
Waddleton was proud of the youngsters that made their debut on Saturday and believes that many of them have bright futures ahead of them at Western League level.
“We know we have the ability in the youth teams to bring players from them through into the side, and the fact that these young players came in and played so well really shows the strength of the squad and it’s a very positive thing for the future because those lads have shown they can be relied upon,” he said.
“The youth team is the future of any team and it’s great to see them do so well when thrown in at the deep end.”
Sherborne begin their FA Cup campaign this weekend when they take on Wessex League outfit Christchurch.
It is a competition that Waddleton believes everyone involved with the club is excited about, and says he is confident that his side will come away from Saturday’s match with a positive result.
He said: “FA Cup games are always exciting for anyone involved with the club. They’re exciting for players to be able to say they’ve played in the tournament and they can bring a lot of lucrative financial awards that go a long way towards helping the club progress both on and off the pitch.
“We’ll go to Christchurch with the confidence that we can compete, and we go into every game believing we can get a result. We want to try and win a couple of games and progress a bit further in the competition and we will have the belief that we can do that.”