Match Preview: Tavistock AFC vs Wimborne Town

Lambs return to Langsford Park to face Wimborne Town, who need a win to ensure promotion to the Southern Premier Division South

By Luca Sperti

Tavi will be looking to pick up points against the tittle favours, in the clubs first home game off three this week. The Lambs were last in action on Saturday, where they drew 0-0 with Bashley at the GlenMex Stadium, in the Lambs final away game off the season. The Red and Black outfit dominated the first half and had a chance only three minutes in after a Jack Endacott strike stung the palms off Ross Casey in the Bash net. Another chance for the Lambs five minutes later, saw Liam Prynn find Ed Harrison in the box, but the midfielders shot was once again saved by the impressive Casey. In the 18th minute the Lambs missed a guilt edge opportunity after Prynn was played through one-on-one with Casey. The former Torquay man’s effort was saved by the shot-stopper, but the striker did well to keep the chance alive, sending in a ball to the back post. There was Exeter loanee Alife Cunnigham, who look to have a tap in, but the ball just went under the Welshman’s feet. Very little happened in the second half, with both teams looking not to lose rather than finding a winner. The draw was only Tavi’s second away draw off the season and first clean sheet since the 20th of March. Wimborne were also in action on Saturday, as they welcomed Frome Town to the New Cuthbury in a massive tittle decider. If Wimborne picked up three points in the fixture, they would have been crowned Champions but if the visitors won they would have leapfrogged the Magpies into first place. Infront of an incredible 2307 fans at the New Cuthbury, the encounter started slow with both sides not wanting to lose the match. The best chance off the first half fell to Wimborne, when a Harry Morgan freekick just sailed past the far left-post. However, into the second-half, it was the visitors who took the lead in the 58th minute thanks to a powerful header from tricky winger James Ollis. The winger’s effort was powered into the bottom right-corner, after the Number 18 got away from his marker. Ross Flitney, in the Wimborne goal, got a touch on the ball but the sheer power off the header was enough for it to find the net. After the Robins opener, the Magpies were on top having numerous chancing before eventually squaring the game up in the 82nd minute through Harry Morgan. The midfielder rose excellently to head a Oakley Hanger corner into the top-right corner, to put the Magpies level. This is how the game finished with the League still in the hands off the Black and White outfit.

Wimborne are currently unbeaten in a remark bale 14 matches, with the clubs last defeat coming back in January in a 3-1 defeat to Larkhall Athletic at the Plain Ham stadium. In their last five matches, the Magpies have won four and drew once, which was last Saturdays 1-1 draw with Frome. Wimborne last win was last Tuesday as they beat Evesham United 2-1 in a very tight affair. In the 15th minute the Worcestershire based outfit took the lead in the encounter. Slick play between Ethan Moran and Will Owens, saw the latter be played in down the left by-line by Moran. Owens did well to take his time before sending in a cross which was swept home by the inform Aaron Heap. In the 54th minute the Magpies had a way back into the encounter after Jez Bedford was tripped by Evesham right-back Jordy Ngathe, with the referee immediately pointing to the spot. A minute later, Harry Morgan step-up and smashed his penalty in the top-right corner, leaving the keeper with no chance. In the 82nd minute Wimborne took the lead after a goal-mouth scramble was eventually stabbed home by Sam Griffin. Wimborne last away victory, came on Saturday 13th April when they beat Willand Rovers 0-1 at Silver Street. The only goal came in the 29th minute after a Matty Neale crossed was powered home by the impressive Billy Walker.

Wimborne currently lead the way in the Southern League Division South, two points ahead of fellow promising chasing Frome Town, with a game in hand. The Magpies have played 34 games this season winning an impressive 23 matches, as well as drawing seven and losing four matches this season. Wimborne have also scored the most goals this season in the League (in 71, joint with Frome and Mousehole) as well as conceding the least amount of goals (in 38). The Magpies currently sit on 76 points and a win at Langsford Park, would seem them be crowned as Champions off the Southern League. If the Lambs draw with the Magpies, the Black and White outfit, would just need a point against Melksham on the final day to be crowned league winners. The well-supported side also have won the most away games in the League this season in nine, which is one more than Frome Town and Bristol Manor Farm, who have won eight away matches this season. Wimborne also have a special record in being unbeaten at home all season, with Tim Sills’ side winning 14 and drawing four off their 18, matches at New Cuthbury this season. Tavi currently sit in 12th position and a win against the table-toppers on Tuesday, could see them move above fellow Devonshire based outfit, Bideford into 11th place. Stuart Henderson’s side have won 12, drew six and lost 15 in the League this season. The Lambs have also picked up more away points than home this season, with the Devonshire based outfit picking up 23 points away from home this season, compared to 19 at Langsford Park

The return fixture between the two sides only occurred in the beginning of March, with Wimborne coming out 3-2 winners in an eventful fixture. The table topers started the game of well and after constant pressure opened the scoring in the 35th minute, through midfielder Matty Neale. However, against the run of play, two minutes later Tavi equalised through Jacob Bowker who capitalised on a mistake by Wimborne defender Ben Scorey. The Magpies retook the lead two minutes into the second half through a Billy Walker powerful header. But the Lambs didn’t lie down and equalised the game up again through Liam Prynn, with the help of a slight deflection off the unfortunate Scorey. The Dorset based side then retook the lead, through a beautiful curling freekick from substitute Josh Carmichael. The Lamb’s defeat was compounded, when left-back Jack Endacott was sent off in the 89th minute for a second bookable offence.

Wimborne Town Key Players:

Matty Neale- The winger started his career in the academy of AFC Bournemouth where he impressed for the U18 and academy side but did not make a first-team appearance for the club. Whilst contracted to the Cherries, Neale spent time out on loan at Wimborne in the 16/17 season, where he impressed due to his versatility and work rate. The winger left Bournemouth the following season and joined near neighbours Poole Town. Whilst at Poole, Neale made a total of 20 appearances in all competitions scoring once in the National League South against Havant and Waterlooville. Whilst at Poole in step-two of non-league, Neale played in a few different positions, including playing on either flank. At Poole in the National League South Neale played against the likes of Concord Rangers, Wealdstone, and Gloucester City. After leaving Poole, Neale went on to play for Hamworthy United where he impressed in his few seasons at the club. In the 22/23 season Neale found himself at Dorchester Town. Whilst at the Magpies, Neale made 42 appearances last season in all competitions scoring five goals in the process. The wingers goals included strikes against Tiverton, Metropolitan Police and Harrow Borough. The winger also scored a brace for Dorchester last season, in the Dorset Senior Cup against Shelbourne. Neale moved to Wimborne at the start of the season, having previous work under Manager Tim Sills at Hamworthy. This season has seen Neale score four goals and get six assists in 37 games this season. The winger has scored against the likes of Westbury and Paulton Rovers this season. However, the winger may also be a familiar name to Lambs fans, after the winger scored the opener goal for Wimborne against the Lambs back at the start of the month.

Jez Bedford- The 25-year-old midfielder started his career at Portsmouth as a youngster but did not make a first team appearance for the club. However, the midfielder spent time out on loan from Portsmouth at Poole Town in the 17/18 season. Whilst on loan at Poole, Bedford made 32 appearances scoring five goals in the National League South. Following his release from Portsmouth in the summer of 2018, Bedford returned to Poole on a permanent transfer ahead of the 2018/19 season. In the Premier Division South, following Poole’s relegation, Bedford made a total of 48 appearances in all competitions scoring an impressive nine goals from the centre of the park. These goals included strikes against Wimborne, Frome, and Staines Town. The next season due to an injury, saw Bedford play 17 games in a deeper number six role. Whilst in the deeper position the former Pompey man, scored once in a 1-3 win away at Hendon. Returning from the covid season in 21/22, Bedford made 14 appearances at the start of the season at Poole, before in November moving to Wimborne, who were in the same league as Poole at the time. In his first half-season at Wimborne, Bedford made 30 appearances as an all action-midfielder impressing in the middle of the park on a number of occasions. However, Bedford’s good performances were not enough to prevent Wimborne from going down. In what was Bedford’s second relegation of his short career. Last season saw the talent midfielder make 42 appearances in more of a higher role, where the attacker scored an impressive seven goals. This season has seen Bedford make 25 appearances so far, with the midfield scoring three goals and providing 8 assists. The midfielder has played a more attacking midfield role this season which he has excelled in.


Tavistock AFC Last five results:

Saturday 20th April- Bashley FC 0-0 Tavistock AFC

Tuesday 16th April- Mousehole AFC 3-2 Tavistock AFC

Saturday 13th April- Tavistock AFC 1-3 Evesham United

Saturday 6th April- Malvern Town 2-1 Tavistock AFC

Monday 1st April- Bideford AFC 2-3 Tavistock AFC


Wimborne Town Last five Results:

Saturday 20th April- Wimborne Town 1-1 Frome Town

Tuesday 16th April- Wimborne Town 2-1 Evesham United

Saturday 13th April- Willand Rovers 0-1 Wimborne Town

Saturday 6th April- Wimborne Town 2-1 Paulton Rovers

Saturday 23rd March- Wimborne Town 3-2 Westbury United


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.

Club Shop: We have a top of the range Club Shop, located near the Lambing Shed which features Hats, Scarves, pin badges, keyrings, and mugs. We also have a wide range of Programmes, some which are over 20 years old.