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Sherborne Town management team split focus between league and future

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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FOCUS may have returned to league matters at Sherborne Town, but the club's management staff have one eye on building for the future.

Raleigh Grove assistant boss Neil Waddleton readily admits that the team's first season back in Toolstation Western League Division One involves a steep learning curve and one of rebuilding.

He and manager Jamie Manley have constructed a team of familiar faces on the local scene and one that on paper could be a force to be reckoned with.

However, the pair are keen to ensure their players do not feel the pressure brought with expectancy and - backed by a united committee hungry to bring cheer back to Sherborne - want the squad to make the most of their unity.

Waddleton said: "Ever since we were knocked out of the FA Vase earlier this month our focus has really shifted. We knew with the games remaining that as soon as we were out of the Vase we had to say our season had to start again.

"But we don't want to put extra pressure on the lads. This season is about regrouping, having fun and doing things the right way.

"There is no pressure over the next month to make up lost ground, we will just go out to win every game.

"It's a brand new team and the management team is completely new as well. Although some of the lads have gone back to Sherborne this season and a lot of the lads played together last season it's still a learning curve because they are playing a league higher.

"Although they have done that individually in the past it's about doing it together now. We have got a competitive team and we need to enjoy ourselves along the way.

"For Jamie and I, football is about playing with your friends at a good level and doing your best to win games. These lads have a great opportunity to do that."

Cup games and subsequent league postponements have left Sherborne having played anything up to seven games fewer than their rivals.

But despite the disjointed start to their Western League campaign, Sherborne occupy a healthy mid-table position, having lost just one of their 11 outings.

Ahead of the weekend home clash with Roman Glass St George, Waddleton said: "We have drawn games early on, which was disappointing because in each we got ourselves into a good position to win.

"It has been a learning experience in that respect as well and we were punished by half-chances that on other days may have sailed past the post. It is now about correct decision making and being able to see out the game when in front.

"We have got the ability, it is just about knowing when and where to play. It's all about the lads concentrating for 90 minutes because we have bossed games for long periods but let teams back into it when we shouldn't have.

"We have learnt from that and for the games now we will hopefully take our chances whilst being more ruthless in defence."

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