CINDERFORD 0 TAVISTOCK 4: Macpherson (2), Battle and Harrison on target in Tavi romp Henderson delighted with Four-some Lambs
TAVISTOCK manager Stuart Henderson hailed a superb team performance on Tuesday night as the Lambs moved back into the Southern League Division One South play-off zone with a stunning 4-0 win at Cinderford Town.
Keen to build on their 3-1 success against Lymington last weekend, even Henderson wouldn’t have expected such a dominant display as the Lambs showed their best form to blow their hosts away.
Adam Macpherson opened the scoring on 27 minutes before Alex Battle doubled Tavi’s lead just before half-time. Harrison then added Tavi’s third on 76 minutes before Macpherson bagged his second of the game just two minutes later to complete an emphatic win.
“We seem to have got a shape and a way of playing now and we are getting there again,” Henderson said. “Obviously we have 14 games left now, eight at home and six away and anything is possible. I think we are two points away from safety, which is a good thing, and you never know. We are certainly in the mix with the play-offs, we have some difficult teams still to play, but you never know.”
All season, Henderson has stated it would be a tremendous achievement if the Lambs were able to stay up and consolidate in Division One South, but challenging for the play-offs, rather than fighting relegation, has been Tavi’s story of the season so far. And now they are back in the top five, they are determined to stay there.
“Of course we do (want to stay there) – without a doubt. We can’t get carried away because we have been on a bit of a sticky run, but we have won four of our last seven games now. I keep saying it and it sounds boring, but anyone really can beat anyone in this league – I mean, who would have thought Bashley would smash Wimborne 5-0 last night? Sholing drew with Lymington and then go and beat Totton, it’s just a crazy league.”
Henderson also had words of praise for Macpherson, who made it three goals in two games since his return to the starting XI. “Young Adam has come in and scored three goals in two games and he will keep the shirt, it’s as simple as that,” Henderson added. “People have to deliver else they won’t be in the starting line-up. Don’t get me wrong, there will be rotation of course but, if you are doing the business, you will stay in the team basically.
“This is the thing, there has to be a pathway for the players that I think are good enough. Iestyn (Harris) has come in and he is now arguably the first choice right-back at the club. Adam has come in and we have found a system that we think suits what he can bring to the team and people like Taylor (Scarff) have jumped up four or five leagues to play at this level. That’s what we are all about, trying to find good youngsters and give them that opportunity and pick those gems up from lower leagues.”