Bovey Tracey 0 – 0 Tavistock AFC
The Lambs certainly learned their lesson from last week, when they were slow starters and conceded early goals. In this game they really started at a high pace and tempo. The influential Dave Hallett returned from injury and had a fine game, controlling the midfield play.
Although the game remained goalless, both sides had their chances to win this entertaining match.
The Lambs had much the better of the first half and, in the opening ten minutes, both Jamie Ahearn and Dan Pethick forced fine saves from Bovey goalkeeper Nicky Moyse to prevent the visitors taking the lead.
The Lambs continued to have a large share of possession and, in the 29th minute, Dan Pethick put Johnny Wyatt free, but his shot flashed wide of the target. Shortly afterwards a Paul Quinn free kick found Jamie Ahearn, but his header was pushed around the post for a corner.
The Lambs dominated possession in the first half, forcing eleven corner kicks compared to the home side’s two.
The home side certainly put in a better performance in the second half, but it was the Lambs who came closest to opening the scoring when, in the 60th minute, Hallett found Wyatt on the right flank, who cut inside his fullback and released a fierce left foot shot which was brilliantly saved by Moyse.
In the last twenty minutes, having made some substitutions, Bovey got more into the game, and in the 76th minute a cross from Liam Jones saw Lee Pascoe’s diving header superbly kept out by Lambs’ ‘keeper Andy Meeds. It was now end to end stuff with both sides pushing for a winner; both Dan Pethick and John Wyatt went close, before Andy Meeds was called upon to make an outstanding point blank stop from a close range Ellis Laight volley.
But it was the Lambs who thought they had won the match when, in the final minute, Matt David saw his powerful goal-bound header beat ‘keeper Moyse, only to see defender Ben Head miraculously and acrobatically clear the ball from under the bar for another corner kick.
This was a much improved performance on which the team must build. The build up play was really solid and with a better final ball selection in the attacking third, they would have surely ensured victory.
Match Report: Derek Pethick