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Falmouth 2 – 1 Tavistock AFC

Tavistock travelled to Falmouth for their opening league fixture of the season and were very unfortunate not to come away with at least a share of the points. The Lambs had a really good opening fifteen minutes when they played some really good possession football, with controlled passing and movement off the ball. This was causing the home defence some real problems, and Tavistock went close to opening their account when Kojo Ofori’s shot was saved, after a fine move by Kinsman and Johnny Wyatt.

Minutes later a short corner caught the home defence napping and Levi Landricombe and Wyatt combined well only to see Wyatt’s shot go wide of the target.

After this opening period the home side came more into the game and the first real scare for the Lambs came in the18th minute when Josh Sims and Matt Drummond played a one two, to set up a chance for Craig Duff, but he  hurried his shot which went harmlessly wide of the target. The Lambs responded  with another fine attacking move, when Johnny Wyatt, who was having a fine debut, provided a glorious cross, but Levi Landricombe’s shot flew across the face of the goal and wide.

Landricombe made amends in the 24yth minute when he fired a low shot past Jason Chapman from 15 yards after being put in by a defence-splitting pass from Dave Hallett. Devine broke down the left before playing a  one two with Drummond  before having his shot well saved by Dean Smith in the Tavistock goal. Both sides forced further chances as the half time whistle came. The Lambs thoroughly deserved to be leading at the interval.

The game was all square a minute into the second half when the home side were awarded a penalty. Jamie Ahearn and Mark Vercesi both went for a high ball in the penalty area and the referee adjudged that Ahearn pushed Vercesi and awarded a penalty. This was a very harsh decision as there looked to be very little or no contact between the two, with the forward making a meal of the situation; a very dubious penalty. Vercesi soon picked himself up and converted the penalty.

This decision upset the Lambs and it was the home team that got the upper hand for a period, and Dean Smith in the Tavistock goal was called on to make two good saves to keep the Lambs in the contest. Tavistock gradually regained their composure and put the home defence under pressure.

Jerrad Kelly and Levi Landricombe combined well, to set up Levi’s brother Michael, but his shot was well saved by Chapman. Johnny Wyatt then, who was having a fine game, went on another fine run before whipping in a great cross which just eluded Levi on the six yard line. Jerrad Kelly then gave Levi a great chance to put the Lambs ahead, when his cross, which was inch perfect, found Landricombe with the goal at his mercy but he headed woefully wide of the target.

Then with eight minutes remaining the Lambs were punished for their missed chances, when a long diagonal ball found Duff on the angle of the penalty area. He unleashed a tremendous shot which nestled inside the far corner. Still the Lambs pushed forward and could have equalised but it was not to be, and the final whistle went with the visitors shocked not to have picked up at least a share of the points.

It is often said you do not always get what you deserve in the game and this was the case, but there were many positives to take from the performance, with a number of solid performances.  Overall it was a good team performance with new signings Bret Walton and Johnny Wyatt fitting in well, among other fine performances, but the man of the match was Jarryd Kelly, a young lad who played for the reserves last season, and on Saturday proved beyond all doubt that he is going to be a great asset to the first team. He lead the front line with pace, control, and was the instigator of  many of the team’s attacking moves, by bringing other players into the game.

THIS WEDNESDAY THE FIRST TEAM ARE HOME TO BOVEY TRACEY   K.O. 7.30 PM.

THE RESERVES OPEN THEIR LEAGUE CAMPAIGN WITH A HOME FIXTURE AGAINST  BUDE TOWN  K. O. 3 PM.

Match Report: Derek Pethick

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