Wessex League Division One football: Brockenhurst beat Sherborne Town 1-0 thanks to Sami Makhloufi free-kick
Wessex League Premier Division
Sherborne Town 0
THE Badgers picked up their first win of the year with a tight victory over mid-table Sherborne Town, but were well worth the three points in the end.
Sami Makhloufi provided the match-winner with a sublime free kick early in the second half, but Sherborne had a loud appeal for a goal waved away.
Brockenhurst remain in the play-offs by a point, but have played three more games than the chasing teams.
The first half wasn’t much to write home about from an attacking viewpoint, with few chances created thanks to two strong defensive performances.
Midway through the first half, Brock’s Freddie Bullard had a header cleared off the line, and Makhloufi popped a fine corner across the area which found no takers.
The Zebras were content to lump balls forward but both sides had chances minutes before the half-time whistle, Jonny Davis stopping Ollie Hebbard in his tracks, and Town keeper Liam Norris getting a big paw to Makhloufi’s effort which was flying into the corner.
The Badgers were a different prospect in the second half and started brightly, eventually winning a free-kick just outside the box. Makhloufi stepped forward and slapped it past Liam Norris to give the Badgers the lead.
A few minutes later, Dec Cornish had a good chance to equalise but fired wide, and Norris earned his corn with two excellent saves from Bullard and Toby Bailey.
Bullard found himself in the book for waiving an imaginary yellow card on 71 minutes, before he was brought off for Ben Atiako-Hall.
With 10 minutes remaining, Brock keeper Heath Bartram was called on for a spectacular save before a scrambled clearance from the line by the Brock defence. Desperate appeals by the Zebras that the ball had crossed the line were ignored by referee Omid Farjadpour.
A last-minute chance for BaIley to add one came to nothing, and Brockenhurst pocketed the three points.
Brockenhurst travel to second-placed Shaftesbury this Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Brockenhurst: Bartram, Pearce-Eavis, Drake, Davis, Wellman, Channell, Bailey, Rossi, Makhloufi, Grange, Bullard. Subs: Atiako-Hall, Cacbayo-Borges, Crook, James, Scozen