Tavistock AFC 4 – 1 Torpoint
With the Lambs almost returning to a full strength team, they gave a much improved performance to that witnessed in previous weeks, running out comfortable winners against a strong Torpoint side. The home team started brightly and, in the 4th minute, John Wyatt broke clear of the visitors’ defence only to be pulled back by a very close offside decision.
The Lambs took the lead in the 14th minute when a tremendous move down the right flank involving Dave Hallett, John James and Johnny Wyatt sent Kiely free. Kiely’s pass found Dan Pethick who played a first time ball to James and James’ return ball fell neatly into Pethick’s path and he fired home from six yards.
The home team played some great football and should have increased their lead before the interval, but Ben Elphick was in fine form and denied Sargent on two occasions with fine saves.
The Lambs doubled their lead ten minutes into the second half when Tom Barwell’s left wing cross found Matt David at the far post, his header finding the top corner of the net.
A minute later the visitors reduced the arrears when Dan Johns set up Stuart Rickard to unleash an unstoppable goal-bound shot from 18 yards.
The Lambs restored their two goal lead when, in the 60th minute, Dave Hallett provided the perfect cross for Andy Sargent to head home.
The home team continued to dominate with both Dave Hallett and Jimmy Keily controlling the middle of the park. The scoring was completed in the dying minutes when substitute Paul Chuwen picked up a ball in midfield after a poor clearance by the visitors. Chuwen made a penetrating run and unleashed a tremendous drive from 20 yards that gave the visiting ‘keeper no chance.
This was a much better performance by the Lambs as they returned to the pass and move strategy they produced earlier in the season. Dave Hallet and Jimmy Keily were outstanding in the middle of the park and Tom Barwell had a fine game at left back. The whole team can take credit for the convincing victory and if they consistently produce this level of performance they will be a challenge to anyone in the league.
Match Report: Derek Pethick.