St Austell v Tavistock AFC
A Quality Performance
AFC St Austell 1 Tavistock AFC 4
The Lambs travelled to Poltair Park last Tuesday, and came away with a convincing win over top of table St Austell. The team put in a great performance and the home team can have no complaints as, on the night the visitors were worthy winners.
The home team were fast out of the blocks and showed their attacking intentions as they pushed forward early on. The Lambs defence however were determined not to concede and defended brilliantly in the opening 15 minutes. The nearest the home team came to scoring came in the 10th minute when following a corner kick Liam Eddy shot wide of the target when well placed. The Lambs defence stayed firm and reduced the home team to long range efforts. As the game progressed the visitors gained more than a fair share of possession, and only a last ditch tackle denied Lewis Coombes from opening the Lambs account. Glyn Hobbs then had a shot well saved by the home keeper.
The Lambs were now on top of their game, and took the lead in the 40th minute when a fine passing move from defence saw Warren Daw find Jack Crago just outside the angle of the penalty area, Crago unleashed an unstoppable right foot shot into the top corner of the net to take a goal advantage at the interval.
The home side pressed for an equaliser but again they were restricted to shot from outside the penalty area. Hobbs then forced the home keeper to make a great save to deny the visitors from increasing their lead. Lewis Coombes and Glyn Hobbs combined well but Kelvin Fyneboy spurned a great opportunity when he shot over from eight yards.
The Lambs deservedly doubled their lead in the 70th minute when Jack Crago became provider, making a great run down the left, his fine pass put Glyn Hobbs in on goal, he calmly slotted the ball home from twelve yards.
The home team scored when a shot from Eddy took a wicked deflection which left Jack Ord helpless as the ball looped over him into the net. In the 75th minute the home team missed a chance to level the scores but Liam Eddy dragged his shot wide of the target from fifteen yards. Five minutes later the visitors were awarded a free kick some twenty five yards from goal, Glyn Hobbs unleashed thunderous shot that nestled in the top corner of the goal to give the Lamb a 3-1 advantage.
Following another flowing move by the Lambs saw Crago get into the penalty area where he was dragged to the ground, the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty kick. The home team’s right back contested the decision to such extent that he was shown a straight red card. Glyn Hobbs made no mistake from the spot, to make it four. The Lambs saw out the remainder of the game to record a deserved victory and open up the race for the title.
This was a terrific performance against a quality team, and proves how the team has progressed over the season. The Manager must take credit for the improvement in the team. If the club can keep this squad of talented players and the management team together next season, there is no reason the club cannot be pressing for honours.