Henderson delighted with first half of the campaign Lambs top after 18 games and averaging over two points game
THE LAMBS have reached the halfway point in our Western League Premier Division season and manager Stuart Henderson is delighted with how things are going.
Averaging just over two points per game, Tavistock are sitting pretty at the top of a fascinating division in which there are still plenty of clubs in contention for the title, such is the dog-eat-dog nature of the league.
On Saturday, Tavi head to Cadbury Heath looking to stay in pole position which they would lose if teams around them win all their games in hand. But Henderson says he would rather have the points on the board than be playing catch-up.
“There is still a long way to go but if someone had offered me and Ken (Ord) this position after we had lost 2-0 at Saltash and were playing half a fit team and that sort of stuff, then we would have taken it all day long,” Henderson said.
“There is still a lot of work to do and there are teams with games in hand on us and if they win those, they’ll be level or even a point or two ahead of us, but we have the points on the board and we have to get our heads down for those final 18 league games and see where it takes us.
“There’s only a couple of teams that could catch us and it would only be by the odd point or two that they’d go ahead of us. I don’t think there are many teams in this league that have won four or five consecutively.
“That’s not to say that won’t happen, but I feel we have suffered with injuries, certainly in the early part of the season, so I would rather have the points on the board.”
Since a 3-2 home defeat to Helston Athletic in which Henderson was quite critical of his side, Tavi have been on a fantastic run of form which has seen them win five and draw three of their next eight league games.
That has taken them to the summit and Henderson is determined to stay there, even if he knows his side are there to be shot down.
“Everyone raises their game against you. We have worked hard to get into this position and it is important that we maintain our levels,” he said.
“I think some people expect us to turn up, cross the white line and be at it, but it doesn’t always happen like that, even for the want of trying. It’s not a lack of effort, but we have to try and find that consistency and when we don’t play well, it’s important that we don’t lose games.
“When you look at our points tally, it is pretty much two points a game and I feel that if we can continue that form in the second half of the season, we will be there or thereabouts.”
Many of their rivals continue to add to their squad in a bid to strengthen for the second half of the season, but that is not something the Tavi boss is contemplating. The likes of Josh Parry, Dan Koita and Josh Sargent have come in from Brixham, Crediton and Bude respectively and added strength, depth and quality to the Lambs squad.
“I’d like to think our squad now has some depth. We were scratching around for players at the start of the season but now, players have come back and are fit and I have had opportunities to sign other players but I have resisted that temptation because I think it is important to manage and keep everyone happy.
“I have got a settled 16 and with Dan Evans coming back, hopefully in the New Year, that will be 17 and it is hard enough to keep everyone happy within that 17 so, providing everyone stays fit, I won’t be looking to sign anyone else this season.”
Places are still available for Saturday’s trip to Cadbury Heath. The cost of travel is just £15 per person return, or £13 for 200 Club members.
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