Tavistock are ‘chomping at the bit’ to get back to action Lambs ready to resume their pursuit for promotion to Southern League
AFTER a two-week break, the Lambs return to Western League Premier Division action on Saturday with the visit of mid-table Keynsham Town.
Stuart Henderson’s side have gone 12 games unbeaten and won their last five in succession, a run that has seen them open up a seven-point gap at the top from second-placed Bitton.
Helston Athletic cane draw level on points, if they win their three games in hand, while Mousehole – currently sixth – will go a point clear if they win all four of their games in hand. But it’s no bad place to be in to already have the points on the board.
Looking ahead to the visit of Keynsham, Henderson said: “We had a good training session in the week where Warren Daw trained and so did Dan Evans, who got through it fine, so I expect to see him in the New Year, which is pleasing.
“We know Saturday is going to be tough. Any team that scores five past Helston must have something about them.
“It’s not ideal that we had a break because we like the momentum of playing games and we have been on a good run, but we have got pretty much everyone chomping at the bit to play.
“Luke (Brown) is away and so is Teigan (Rosenquest) but we have a good squad and have named 16, including Tallan (Burns) who is back from University.”
The basis of that good run is keeping clean sheets with three in succession now. While it is a collective for the defence – including goalkeeper Josh Oak, who certainly played his part, especially with a penalty save in the 1-0 win over Bitton – the return of Lewis Daw has been a huge plus for the Lambs.
The Tavi captain missed the best part of two years with a horrible Achilles injury, but he is back fit now and playing a key role as defender and captain of the team.
“For me, he is very passionate. He is all about the club and the boys – not just on the pitch, but off the pitch as well,” Henderson said. “He’s great at organising social events and the holidays, he’s very mature in his outlook.
“It’s nice that I can go to him and talk to him and he can see things from our side as well as his, but he is a winner and wants to win.
“I’d like to think I’ve helped to improve his game because there are a number of things he is very good at and I like to focus on that.
“He wins 99 per-cent of his headers, you won’t find many forwards that are quicker than him, he is brave and comes up with important goals from set pieces and concentrating on what he is good at, I think he is one of the best centre halves in the area.
“He is very effective. You have centre midfielders that pass the ball sideways all game and don’t affect the game but he is a centre half that affects the game because he wins first balls, wins second balls and covers people and is a handful in the other box as well.
“He is a fantastic captain and I hope he continues to play for the next four or five years. He worked so hard to overcome his injuries – the Achilles being the main one – but he has played four or five 90 minutes in succession now and has his confidence back. I think he’s loving it.”
The club are delighted to confirm that the team will be cheered on by Tavistock Community Football Club’s Under-10 side this afternoon.
We’d like to welcome the team, their coaches and the parents to Langsford Park and hope to see you back as the Lambs push for promotion to the Southern League in 2022.