Long wait for home action can work in Town's favour
BEING forced to wait until September to play a home game will work in Sherborne Town's favour, according to manager Jamie Manley.
Football will finally return to Raleigh Grove on September 7, almost a month after the Dorset outfit started their campaign with a goal-less draw in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division at Brislington.
However, once players are eventually given the green light to take to the club's freshly-prepared turf they will do so at a venue reaping the benefits of more than £130,000 of grant money.
Thanks to the hard work of committee members and the generosity of both local and national organisations, Sherborne received a six-figure summer windfall.
The FA Vase First Qualifying Round is always a day to savour for clubs, but the visit of St Austell next month will carry value for Sherborne.
Manley said he and his players were relishing the return, encouraging supporters of nearby Yeovil Town to join them for the game that falls on the first weekend international break of the season as well as national non-League football day.
"The changing rooms are finished now and they look really good," he said. "Not playing at home for so long could be in our favour, really, because everyone will be keen to play a home game, use the facilities and get on the pitch.
"Hopefully that will happen next month and everything comes together soon. The ground work is starting to take shape and everything looks really good.
"We will look forward to coming home. With Yeovil Town now a Sky Bet Championship club in the Football League, we are a good local side to watch if you still like your non-League football.
"People will obviously remember when Yeovil were in the non-League and they can pop down the road to watch us and enjoy our facilities."
Sherborne travelled to Hengrove Athletic in the Premier Division last midweek, four days after beating Christchurch in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.
Town return to action on Saturday following a free weekend, travelling to Corsham Town in the next round of the world's most famous domestic cup competition. But they will do so without striker Sam Jarman.
The forward faces an extended spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg in the 1-0 defat at Hengrove. His tibial plateau fracture does not require surgery, but Jarman still awaits news on ligament damage that can only be assessed once swelling has gone down.
CASTLE Cary still have just their opening day Somerset County League triumph at Banwell to their name as they fell to their third consecutive First Division defeat at Keynsham Town Reserves on Saturday. Combe St Nicholas are another side without a win since the first weekend, losing 4-2 to Nailsea United Reserves in Division Two West.
Ilminster Town host Bishops Lydeard in the Premier Division on Saturday.