Sherborne Town Reserves boss eyes climb in time for Christmas period
SHERBORNE Town Reserves climbed off the bottom of the Magna Dorset Premier League with a 2-0 win at Blandford United.
Two first half strikes from new signing Benjani Ben Salem proved to be too much for the hosts to come back from and saw Town move up to 13th place in the division.
Manager Matt Turner praised the former Gillingham Town striker's impact and explained his delight at the team's performance.
Ben Salem left Hardings Lane for Evo Stik Southern League outfit Bridgwater Town last month but has made a swift return to Dorset with Sherborne.
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He said: "Benjani made a big difference for us. The keeper made two mistakes and he scored from both of them. We have lost a few players to the first team recently because of injuries and we have found it difficult to grind out results but we found a system that worked for us on Saturday. It was a solid performance and probably the best we have played for a month.
"It is looking promising for us now. We have moved up five places from the bottom. It will give the players a bit of confidence and hopefully it will spur them on now for the games coming up. We have got to keep getting points to get up to mid-table and I think by Christmas we can comfortably be in there."
The victory was Turner's first since taking charge earlier in the season and he admitted securing the three points was a relief. He said: "It has taken a weight off my back and now I can get on with it and hopefully win some more games."
MERE Town are the early pace-setters in the Dorset County League Senior Division. They beat Sturminster Newton United 3-2 last weekend to climb five points clear of Portland United Reserves at the summit with five games played.
Westland Sports will make a second attempt to play their Somerset Senior Cup clash at Congresbury on Saturday after the Somerset County League hosts' waterlogged pitch forced the game's postponement.