Match Report
Sherborne School Mini Colts A vs  Monmouth School for Boys
On: Saturday, 18 Jan 2020
Venue: Away

The weather was much better for this fixture on a cold, dry and sunny Saturday afternoon. The pitch was in good condition although very soft under foot. The game got underway with each team exchanging attacks, playing pass and move football. Jonny L saw a lot of the ball down the right wing and used his pace to good effect, sprinting past the opposing left back a number of times and delivering passes into the middle. Sherborne carved out a number of shots doing this but lacked some power behind the efforts. Monmouth’s goalkeeper, who I heard was on Cardiff City’s books, showed his quality to deny Sherborne on a couple of occasions, where in another game we may have scored. Sherborne, with a combination of dogged defending and good fortune, shut Monmouth out from scoring, with Finn W making some magnificent tackles and the hosts hitting the woodwork three times. Half time 0-0. The second half saw Monmouth take a bit more control of the game, pushing an extra man into midfield, which our midfield found difficult to deal with. When we did have possession we continued to play down the wings and switch the play with some well-measured long passes by Robert C. As the game wore on Monmouth grew into the game and with some quick combination play high up in midfield, found a cutting ball through our defensive line to a striker who finished well. 1-0. Keeping heads high Sherborne pressed forward, trying to find a way to an equaliser. Opportunities were few and far between but a good long range effort saw Sherborne hit the bar. A second goal came for Monmouth when a hole in our defence was exploited with their striker finishing well. A slight drop of heads and fatigue setting in allowed a Monmouth attack down the right wing, followed by a cross and a good finish by their striker. Full-time 3-0.

Although the team was disappointed in the result there were many positives aspects to our game and the areas we need to improve on will come with time.