Boss backs faltering side to embark on unbeaten run
SHERBORNE Town manager Jamie Manley has backed his side to turn around their faltering season and go on an unbeaten run over the coming weeks.
Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Melksham Town was the Toolstation Western League Premier Division club's fifth league defeat in succession, and leaves them in 14th place, just three points above the relegation zone.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Town, who created plenty of chances throughout the match, but were left to rue their profligacy in front of goal as Melksham grabbed a late winner on the counter-attack to secure just their third triumph of the season.
Manley said he was disappointed with the result on Saturday, feeling that his team had done enough to take something from the match.
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But he insisted he has every confidence in his players to bounce back from their bad run, believing that one victory will help Sherborne on their way to an unbeaten run.
He said: "It was really disappointing on Saturday because the game was there for the taking and I felt we should've won it. We didn't play badly on Saturday. We were knocking the ball about nicely and we had our chances, but we got caught by the sucker punch at the end of the game and that cost us.
"The lads were gutted after the game, and that's a good thing, because it shows just how much they care about giving it their all for this club.
"The important thing now is for us to work hard, stick together and try to get back to winning ways. We need to knuckle down and focus on scoring more goals early in games and taking the upper hand rather than allowing teams to put the pressure on us.
"I know we have what it takes to get ourselves out of this rut. It's all about getting that next win under our belts, and when we do that it will help the players to relax and hopefully then more wins will follow."
Sherborne hope to return to winning ways this weekend when they make the trip to Devon to face an Ilfracombe Town team who are also struggling to string together results.
With their opponents in 17th place in the table, Sherborne will fancy their chances of taking all three points from the match, but Manley said that his side will need to be on top of their game if they are to record their first league success since a 7-4 thrashing of Winterbourne United six weeks ago.
"It's definitely a game we're looking to get all three points from, but so will Ilfracombe and we know they'll be up for it, so we know we're going to need to be on top form to get the result we want," he said.
"Our biggest problem in the last few games has been that we're making mistakes and being caught out, so if we can cut out those errors and pass the ball around like we have been doing then I can see us doing well.
"I'm confident we'll have a purple patch at some point this season, and what better way to start that off than by getting all three points on Saturday."
By Stephen D'Albiac
SHERBORNE Town Reserves shared six goals equally with Cranborne in their battle towards the foot of the Bespoke Teamwear Dorset Premier League.
Tim Trevett gave Town the lead on five minutes before the Cranes hit back to lead at the break. Joe Smith equalised for Sherborne, Jason Bond then giving them an advantage on 70 minutes they held until the closing exchanges.