A second home defeat in seven days dumped the Swans back into the fight at the wrong end of the Toolstation Western Premier League. Although still eight points above the bottom two, the Swans need to put a couple of results together shortly to make sure they don’t get dragged back into a proper relegation battle.
A Matt Day goal decided the game in favour of the visitors, who leapfrogged the Swans in the process, but in all honestly, a single goal defeat flattered the home side, who put in a disjointed display, and could have experienced a far heavier loss.
For the visitors, Lewis Morgan and Haydon Binding caused havoc all through the game, and it was ironic that neither of them ended up on the scoresheet. The Swans were agin reduced to very few efforts, the nearest being a Jack Twyman effort on 78 minutes that would have earned the side a point, and which slid agonisingly wide of the post.
Sherborne dominated from start to finish, and within the first ten minutes, Marc Caines saw a good effort blocked, and Day managed an airshot when a cross was headed back across the box by Ben Cochrane. With 14 minutes gone, Morgan’s effort was just wide following a very dangerous run and cross from Caines as the visitors pressed.
The Swans tried to respond, but were failing to make their possession pay – A Danny Chandler Free Kick was cleared when he played a dangerous ball into the box, and Paul Fahy saw his cross too long for Adam Mace as the home side tried to impose themselves on the game.
The last period of the first half was all Sherborne – Caines dispossessed Liam Harding in midfield, and played in Morgan, who shot wide, before Caines’ cross was headed just over by Morgan. Still Sherborne pressed and a goal seemed inevitable – Cochrane’s header from Bindings cross forced Dave Evans into a save, while went Caines went close with two efforts which just cleared the Slimbridge bar as we approached the break.
There was still time for both Sam Farthing and Caines again to go close before half time for the away side, and the Swans were fortunate to go into the break level.
The second half picked up exactly where the first had finished, and eventually, the pressure was rewarded for Sherborne – a scramble in the Swans box following another Evans save saw Matt Day drill the ball home to put the visitors in the lead.
Although Sherborne continue to run the play, they created fewer chances in the second period, and could have paid the price when, 12 minutes from time, Harding’s Free Kick was cleared to Jack Twyman on the edge of the Sherborne box, but his volley was just the wrong side of the post.
As the game closed out, Steve Friend and Morgan again went close, but in the end the teams were separated by just the single goal.
The Swans have to pick themselves as they face an important game at Hengrove Athletic next Saturday (3.00pm) before another away trip, this time to Melksham Town on Monday 24th (7.30pm)
Team: Evans, Ward, Brown, Thornton, Tunnicliffe, Twyman, Harding, Fahy, Chandler (Kinnear 71), Fenner, Mace (Turner 60)
Supporters Man of the Match: Paul Fahy