MATCH PREVIEW: Make or break time in Tavistock’s season Three tough games could define Lambs' season
TAVISTOCK enter a make or break spell in their quest to finish in the Southern League Division One South play-offs with a challenging run of matches, starting with Saturday’s home clash with high-flying Hamworthy United.
The Lambs slipped out of the top five in midweek after Bashley’s stoppage time winner at Bideford in midweek saw them climb above Tavi and into the top five, while Hamworthy are third, six points ahead of Tavi having played a game more. Stuart Henderson’s side then welcome league leaders Sholing to Langsford Park before a trip to Bashley on March 18th completes a tough run of games for the Lambs.
“The next three games are massive,” Henderson said. “Hamworthy are going well, Sholing are top and have been going well all season and Bashley have just scored ten goals over two games against Wimborne and picked up some other good results.
“I have set the lads a target and if we can get three points or more from those games, I’ll be happy. Anything more will be a bonus because all those teams are above us and Bashley are on the same points as us.
“It will be difficult. Hamworthy are good. Obviously we went up there and were well beaten, but they haven’t lost on their AstroTurf for about three years and that home advantage is massive to them.
“They are on form, we have secured our first target of the season, which is staying in the league and now, there are ten games to go and it is all to play for.”
The Lambs go into the game boosted by back-to-back wins against Cinderford Town (2-0) and at Bristol Manor Farm (2-1) where top goalscorer Liam Prynn took his tally to the season to 22 league goals, with one in each game.
Hamsworthy were 6-2 winners in the reverse fixture and they have not lost on their 4G surface for three years now.
Speaking of that win at Manor Farm last time out, Henderson said: “It’s amazing how football can change, they were in the play-offs last year and haven’t changed their squad too much. They are arguably the biggest non-league club in Bristol, so to go up there and win was a very good three points.”
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