Match Preview: Tavistock AFC vs Paulton Rovers

The Lambs have a chance to get back to winning ways as they welcome Paulton to Langsford Park!!

By Luca Sperti

Tavistock will look to pick up their third win in four as they face an out of form Paulton Rovers side this Saturday. Tavi will be looking to put Tuesday 5-1 defeat away at Yate Town behind them as quick as possible. The Lambs were comfortably beaten by the inform Bluebells last Tuesday, thanks to goals from Oli Jenkins, Calum English-Brown, a brace from Nick McCootie and an unfortunate own goal from Taylor Scarff. Paulton Rovers also played last Tuesday, where they lost 0-2 at home to top of the table Wimborne Town. Goals from Harry Morgan (in the 10th minute) and former Hamworthy player Cam Munn (in the 74th minute) were enough for Wimborne to pick up all three points at the First 4 Pools Stadium in front of a crowd of 168.

Paulton are yet to win in 2024, with the clubs last victory coming on Boxing Day against Yate Town in a 1-0 win. Since that victory, Paulton have drew once and lost four in the League. The Rovers drew with Mousehole 3-3 on the 6th of January, but since then the club hasn’t pick up a single point. The club based in Somerset, currently sit 18th in the table five points above Exmouth Town, who sit in the relegation zone. Overall, this season Paulton have played 21 games winning five, drawing three and losing 13 matches. The Claret outfit also have the worse goal-difference in the division of -26. The team located around 30 minutes from Bristol, have scored 22 goals this season, which is joint worse in the division, joint with 17th place Bashley. Paulton have conceded 48 goals this season which is the highest in the division. Following Tuesday’s defeat, Tavistock currently sit in 14th position, eight-points above Saturday’s visitors. The Red and Black outfit have won two off their previous five matches and the club are still yet to draw an away game this season with the Devonshire based side winning five and losing five away from Langsford Park. Tavi have played 19 games this season, which is the lowest in the division, winning eight, drawing two and losing nine.

The last match between these two sides came in October with the Lambs coming out 0-2 winners at the First 4 Pools Stadium, after a dominant performance. Goals from Ed Harrison and Tallan Burns were enough for Tavi to take all three points back to Devon. The match saw Paulton Rovers unable to defend against the high-pressing Football Tavi played that day. Last season saw Tavistock do the double over Paulton Rovers with a 1-4 win in November at Paulton, thanks to four goals from Liam Prynn. Prynn was the only scorer between the two-sides in August at Langsford Park which saw Tavi come out 1-0 winners.

Paulton Rovers Key Players:

Kyle Tooze- The current player-manager for the Rovers has played 14 games for the Somerset based outfit this season scoring 5 goals. The 33-year-old started this season at Yate Town, where he made eight appearances scoring once, before becoming Paulton Rovers manger on the 3rd of November 2023. The tall and powerful frontman started his career at Swindon Supermarine where he made nine appearances in a single season at the club before joining Frome Town. Whilst at the Robins, Tooze made 22 appearances scoring twice before half-way through the season moving to Mangotsfield United. In a two year-stint at Mangotsfield, Tooze made 80 appearances scoring eight goals before the striker was once again on the move this time to Bridgewater Town, where he scored 15 in two seasons. At the start of the 15/16 season Tooze moved to Paulton scoring three before moving to Larkhall Athletic. Moves to Yate and back to Mangotsfield followed, before Tooze moved to Thatcham Town. Whilst at Thatcham Tooze scored an impressive 26 in 42 appearances which earned him a move to Hungerford Town. Whilst at Hungerford, Tooze made 4 appearances before joining Bristol Manor Farm. Tooze scored two in twenty-three at Manor Farm, before moving to Melksham Town where he scored three in 16. A return to Paulton Rovers followed in 2022/23, where Tooze was electric scoring 16 goals in only 18 appearances. Impressing at the Rovers, the target man was then signed to Yate where he scored seven in 21. Now as a player-manager back at Paulton, the Gaffer is still one of the most crucial players in the side.

Dave O’Hare- starting his career at Yeovil Town but not making an appearance. The midfielder started to get recognition whilst at Bridgewater United following an excellent season which saw, the all-rounded midfielder score 15 goals. This form caught the attention of Paulton Rovers who signed the midfielder during the 15/16 season. However, O’Hare first spell at Paulton didn’t go as planned and the midfielder then moved to Street. Four seasons at Street, where the midfielder was a constant standout player, saw the centre-midfield then return to Paulton Rovers. In the 19/20 season O’Hare scored three goals in only six matches at the Rovers. The next season in little game time O’Hare still manage to get three goals. In the 21/22 season, the former Yeovil man made 33 appearances scoring an impressive nine goals. Last season was the best season for O’Hare in a Claret shirt, seeing the midfielder make 44 appearances scoring 10 goals. This term O’Hare has made 22 appearances in all competitions scoring five.

Tavistock AFC last five results:

Tuesday 30th January – Yate Town 5-1 Tavistock AFC

Saturday 27th January- Bishop’s Cleeve 3-4 Tavistock AFC

Wednesday 17th January- Tavistock AFC 6-2 Frome Town

Saturday 13th January- Tavistock AFC 0-2 Exmouth Town

Tuesday 26th December- Tavistock AFC 1-2 Bideford AFC


Paulton Rovers last five results:

Tuesday 30th January- Paulton Rovers 0-2 Wimborne Town

Saturday 27th January- Paulton Rovers 1-3 Bristol Manor Farm

Saturday 13th January- Frome Town 1-0 Paulton Rovers

Saturday 6th January- Paulton Rovers 3-3 Mousehole AFC

Saturday 30th December- Willand Rovers 5-1 Paulton Rovers



Match information:

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £10

Concessions (13-17 & over 65): £6

Under 12s accompanied with an adult:

FREE Limited parking is available within the car park at Langsford Park. Cash or card can be used on the turnstiles, tea hut and “The Lambing Shed