Gills Win North Dorset Derby
The Gills beat Sherborne 2-1 in a scrappy game.
Following on from Tuesday’s massive effort against Weymouth in the Dorset Cup Final it was always going to be tough for the Gills’ players to lift themselves mentally and physically for this game. There were some key players missing too, namely Ashley Clarke, Nick Thomson and Lee Sweet.
As soon as the whistle sounded it was immediately apparent that this was not going to be the best of games. Both teams were making lots of mistakes and, as a result, chances were few and far between.
The first chance fell to Gillingham but Lewis Morgan’s glancing header went wide of goal before Harry Baker had a couple of chances, but neither proved to be a serious test for Sherborne keeper Simon Bleazard.
With 24 minutes played Nick Hewlett went close when, with his back to goal, his audacious hook shot fell just the wrong side of the crossbar. Just after this Lewis Morgan saw his long-range shot beat Bleazard but sail just outside the post.
So, a dour first half ended 0-0 and, although the Gills were looking the more likely to score, neither Manager would have been happy with their side’s performance so far.
The Gills started the second half a bit brighter and were clearly looking to move the ball a lot quicker and, as a result they had a good chance to open the scoring just 3 minutes after the restart. A long ball saw Harry Baker race clear of the defence but his shot was straight at Bleazard who blocked the effort with his body.
4 minutes later there was some manic play inside the Sherborne Town area with ping pong shooting and defending which ended with a shot being deflected wide of the goal. When the resultant corner was delivered it was cleared to the edge of the area where Aaron White headed it back towards goal and the ball was then put into the back of the net by Harry Baker to make it 1-0.
Harry had a good chance to double his tally just before the hour mark when he again outpaced the Sherborne defence but hiss attempted lob of Bleazard lacked venom and dropped straight into the keeper’s arms. The Gills doubled their lead after 76 minutes though when a Jamie Beale long kick was headed into his own net by Nick Jacobs.
That goal really typified the game, which continued to be full of errors and lacking in any quality, and it was another error that led to the Sherborne goal in the 2nd minute of additional time. Jamie Beale inexplicably missed a ball gifting Alex Stafi an open goal and he made no mistake to make it 2-1.
The comedy of errors continued in the very next minute when Jamie Beale again missed a ball which flicked up into the air and, despite being outside his area, he then punched clear. The Referee showed Jamie Beale a red card and Haydn Hodges was the stand in keeper for the free kick, which was blasted into the wall and turned out to be the last kick of the game.
Overall this was a poor game with neither team showing any real quality but it was the Gills who slightly edged it and collected the three points.
Man of the Match was Will Pike
Next up for the Gills is a first trip to the new ground of Melksham Town on Monday (17th) with a 1:00 pm kick off.