Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U14D vs  Clayesmore School
On: Thursday, 17 Oct 2019
Venue: at Home

Sherborne School Mini Colts D 10 – 10 Clayesmore School

It has certainly been an extraordinary season so far for this talented Sherborne side, a side which has clearly been growing in enthusiasm and cohesion as the term has progressed. The last match of the half term was at home against a talented and energetic Clayesmore side. Captain Sam Nokes returned from a heavy knock in the match against Millfield at the weekend to lead the side with his tremendous and customary passion. And how the boys responded. On an extremely blustery afternoon handling was difficult but both teams were determined to make a running and passing game. First spoils went to the visitors as one of their robust forwards charged through a stretched Sherborne defence, eluding several tackles before grounding the ball. Rather than giving in to dejection, the Sherborne side showed tremendous resilience and in a game which ebbed and flowed from one end to the other it was not long before the diminutive Peter Henderson somewhat miraculously crossed the line after evading several firm-ish tackles of his own. And so it was that the sides went in all square at half time. Yet another encouraging and inspiring half time team talk followed, before Sherborne took to the field with just a whiff of a potential victory in their nostrils. That whiff became a full scale odour as Peter Henderson darted mercurially from one side of the field to the other and then touched the ball down once again. The team were in dreamland at such a unfamiliar situation and perhaps remained there rather too long as another of the opposition powered his way over the line for the equaliser. By this time a large crowd of players from other games had arrived on the touchline and something of a carnival atmosphere ensued. Never before playing in front of such a partisan crowd, the boys raised their game even further and pressed hard for the winner. Unfortunately it wasn’t to come, but when the referee sounded his whistle for full time there was still jubilation without measure. The first non-defeat of the season and the solemn promise that best is still to come.