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Match Report: Tavistock AFC vs Paulton Rovers

Tavistock hold on for important three points after dominant early display against Paulton Rovers!!

By Luca Sperti

Tavi wins their third game in four and bounce back after their disappointing result against in-form Yate on Tuesday. Tavi started the game off against Paulton strong and took the lead in their first attack in only the 6th minute. Tavistock defender Charlie Elkington controlled a clearance by a Paulton defender and played the ball in the air towards the left-wing. The ball found it’s way to Joe O’Loughlin who took one touch before making his way into the box, where he calmly slotted the ball (with his stronger left-foot) into the bottom right-corner, past a helpless Frankie Phillips in the Paulton goal. It was the former Frome Town man’s first goal for Tavi this season. In the 12th minute a first chance for the Visitors saw right-winger Dan McBeam putting a low-cross into the box finding the feet of striker Jamarni Langlais. The tall and athletic forward took a touch before going down after slight contract, the Referee quickly shut down any chance of a penalty being given. In the 15th minute Jack Endacott, who was playing right-wing for the fixture, put in a lovely cross to the far-post which fell to former Truro man Alex Battle, but the midfielder couldn’t quite fully connect with the ball and his touch towards goal was comfortably saved by Phillips.

In the 18th minute the lively Endacott won a penalty for Tavi. The Plymouth Argyle loanee, put the ball through the legs of Paulton left-back Pashen before making way into the box. The aforementioned Pashen then tripped over Endacott in the right-corner of the box and the Referee pointed to the spot. A minute later, regular penalty taker Liam Prynn stepped up and hit the ball into the bottom right-corner to make it 2-0 to the Devonshire based outfit. Phillips dived the right-way and got a touch on the spot-kick, but the sheer power of the strike was enough to beat the former Bristol Manor Farm keeper. In the 21st minute another chance for the dominant home side, saw the ball pulled back to O’Loughlin whose shot was spilt by Phillips down to his left but was retrieved by the Keeper on the second occasion. In the 27th minute the first chance for the Vistors saw tricky winger, Edward Butcher get the better of Tavi Right-Back Iestyn Harris, before moving into the box and flashing a shot from the left just inches past the far-post. In the 40th minute Player-Manager for Paulton, Kyle Tooze looked to bend a shot from the left into the top-right corner. The former Hungerford Town man’s effort went sailing over Aaron Dearing’s goal. This is how it stayed moving into the break, with Tavistock capitalising on a poor start from the out of form visitors.

The second half started with a substitution for the visitors as Harry Barter replaced William Armstrong. The away-side in their change strip of yellow and blue, pulled a goal back in the 48th minute following great wing-play by McBeam. The winger then pulled the ball back to Langlais. The former Bristol Rovers man took one touch before calmly rolling the ball into the bottom left-corner past Dearing. In the 52nd minute Right-Back Harris, was booked for Tavi for taking too long to take a throwing. In the 59th minute a corner for The Lambs fell to defender Ben Cross at the second time of asking. The Number Two’s shot was heading on target before it deflected off a Paulton defender and went just over the frame of the goal. In the 63rd minute, another great chance for Tavi saw Battle spray a pass out wide to O’Loughlin. The winger, let the ball go across his body before smashing a powerful shot from the left at Phillips. The power of the sweetly struck strike was too much for Phillips to catch and the keeper parried the ball away. The ball looked to be falling onto the line for Prynn to have an easily tapping but the ball was cleared expertly and bravely by a Paulton defender and out for a corner.

Only two-minutes later, Tavi had a penalty claim of their own after Prynn got on the end of a through ball and headed the ball past Phillips before going down after slight contact by the keeper. The Referee was once again not interested, and the game carried on. In the 73rd minute a second change for the visitors saw Dan McBeam be replaced by former Bath City player Leo Eglin. Two minutes later, Tavistock’s Jack Endacott was shown a yellow card following a push on Pashen. In the 78th minute the tricky Butcher, once again ran down the left-flank before getting a shot away which deflected off Harris and hit the side netting. The number eleven was a constant threat the whole afternoon but just couldn’t find the killer cross or finish during the match. In the 87th minute Langlais was carded for the visitors for dissent. Three minutes later, Tavi made two substitutions in added time seeing Ben Fowles replaced Alex Battle and Jacob Bowker replace Jack Endacott. In the fourth minute of four added Paulton had a chance to equalise. Tooze won a fifty-fifty ball with Tallan Burns and made his way into the box where he laid the ball to Langlais. The former Slimbridge man laid the ball back to the player manager, who from about six-yards-out rolled the ball weakly into the arms of the grateful Dearing. The final whistle blew not long after, with Tavi holding on for their second win at home in as many matches. The Lambs will now turn their attention to Tuesday’s match as they face Mousehole AFC away in a rearranged fixture. Paulton are also in action this coming Tuesday as they face Evesham away at the Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium, looking for their first win in seven games.

Lineups:

Tavistock AFC: Dearing, Cross, Endacott (Bowker 90), Scarff, Elkington, Burns, Harrison, Prynn, Battle (Fowles 90), O’Loughlin, Harris

Paulton Rovers: Phillips, Armstrong (Barter 46), Pashen, Symes, Peck, Martin, McBeam (Eglin 73), Lenihan, Langlais, Tooze, Butcher