Witheridge 2 – 1 Tavistock AFC
The Lambs suffered another defeat at Witheridge, with little to show for their efforts. Once again the game followed a similar pattern to the previous matches against Falmouth and Bovey Tracey i.e. taking the lead and dominating the first half, only to produce below par performances in the second period, conceding two goals, one of them a penalty.
Play was fairly even early on and Dean Smith in the Tavistock goal made a finger tip save from a Jordan Charran 25-yard free-kick. This was virtually the only threat on the visitor’s goal during the first half, as the Lambs dominated possession for long periods, with new signing Andy Sargent leading the front line well.
In the 15th minute Sargent set up Michael Landricombe, with his shot from the edge of the penalty area superbly saved by John Wannell. It was Sargent, once more, who was causing the home defence real problems and five minutes later he broke into the penalty area, only to be crudely brought down by Jamie Dirrane. Sargent picked himself up and calmly dispatched the penalty kick to give the Lambs a well-deserved lead.
The Lambs continued to dominate placing the home goal under considerable pressure. Kojo Ofori should have increased Tavistock’s lead when he was superbly set up by John Wyatt, but he failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.
The Lambs had further chances to increase their lead, but poor finishing prevented them to turn their dominance in the first half into goals.
Witheridge were a different proposition in the second period and it was evident that there were some harsh words used in their dressing room during the interval.
The equaliser came in the 57th minute when a Liam Thomas right-wing cross found Sam Box unmarked at the far post with his powerful header flying past Dean Smith in the Lambs’ goal. It was now the home team who took control and again it was Sam Box whose goal-bound shot struck John James on the hand, leading to a penalty which Jordan Charran duly converted to give the home team all three points.
The visitors tried their hardest to salvage a point but it was all to no avail. The team clearly need to find a way to maintain their level of performance over 90 minutes, and no doubt the Manager will be stressing this as the team face two really tough matches against Bodmin Town at Langsford Park this Friday, followed by a trip to last year’s champions Buckland Athletic on Monday.
Match Report: Derek Pethick