“No slip-ups now” says Henderson ahead of Bridport clash Manager calls for maximum points against relegated Bees
TAVISTOCK manager Stuart Henderson is keen to make sure there are no slip-ups as the Lambs head the final week of what has been a fantastic Toolstation Western League Premier Division campaign.
The Lambs welcome already-relegated Bridport to Langsford Park on Easter Monday where the expectation will be a win and plenty of goals against a side that has conceded a whopping 173 already this season.
Seven of those were against the Lambs in the return fixture at Bridport earlier this season and after drawing a blank against Buckland Athletic on Good Friday, Henderson wants his players to take their frustrations out on Bridport, who have collected only four points all season.
“Obviously we were frustrated not to get the three points at Buckland, it was one of those afternoons where they had men behind the ball and we just couldn’t break them down and lacked that bit of quality,” Henderson said.
“I don’t think we played badly, but I just want the players to play without fear, express themselves and show everyone what they can do and that was missing for me at Buckland.
“Bridport will come here with nothing to lose and everyone will expect a goal fest, but the important thing first and foremost is getting those three points. That will then set us up for what we know is a big one against Exmouth on Wednesday.
“We know what can happen from when we went to Ashton & Backwell a few weeks ago. If we turn up with the wrong mindset, anything can happen, so I want the players to go out fully focused, full of intent, keen to express themselves and determined to make sure that something like Ashton doesn’t happen again.”
The Lambs lead Exmouth by three points ahead of Monday’s fixtures, which sees entertain Millbrook at noon and Mousehole welcome Ashton & Backwell to Trungle Parc. The Cornishmen then bring the curtain down on their campaign at Keynsham Town on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Tavistock head to Exmouth in what is sure to be a fascinating clash, although a thrilling chase for the title has sadly been clouded by Keynsham’s failure to fulfil a midweek fixture at Mousehole just a couple of weeks ago, which remains unresolved.
Our understanding is that Keynsham are keen for the fixture to be played, but the likelihood is that the points will be awarded to Mousehole, which could bring them to within a point of Tavistock having played a game more.
The Lambs are again without leading goalscorer Liam Prynn against Bridport, but they are able to call on the services of experienced striker Jordan Annear, who left Tavistock in the summer.
He came on as a substitute in the goalless draw at Buckland and is again involved against Bridport where Tavistock know a big win will also help their goal difference.
As it stands, they have a goal difference of +54, which is three better than Exmouth and nine better than Mousehole.