Match Centre


Tavistock AFC Firsts


St Austell AFC

SWPL Saturday 28 January @ 3:00 pm Langsford Park

With Shane Krac unavailable new signing Tyler Elliot made his first appearance for the club. Glyn Hobbs who was not available last week also returned to the side.

The game got off at a frantic pace with the home team almost opening the scoring in the second minute when a great move saw Glynn Hobbs find Tyler Elliot, his cross into the six yard box was cleared by Insley for a corner kick to deny Jack Crago a scoring opportunity.

Back came St Austell a great deep cross from the right found Eddy beyond the far post but his shot from an acute angle hit the side netting. Josh Grant then made a fine run for the home team but his fierce shot was well saved by Chapman.

Josh Oak in the home goal then made a really good save low down to his left, to deny Watts from scoring from a twenty five yard free kick, pushing the ball away for a corner kick.

St Austell thought they had opened the scoring in the twenty fifth minute when from another free kick they forced the ball home but the referee had already blown his whistle for an infringement, awarding the Lambs a free kick.

Both teams both continued to play some really good football, probing for that opening goal, but it was the Lambs that looked the more likely to break the deadlock, as the forced a series of corner kicks mid way through the half. A free kick from Glynn Hobbs was blocked as the the first half remained goalless.

The Lambs were fast out of the blocks again in the second half, two minutes in another fine move saw a cross from Jack Crago clearly handled by a defender, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Glynn Hobbs made no mistake as he riffled the ball home low into the corner of the net giving Chapman no chance of saving.

Three minutes later Josh Oak made a terrific save to deny Watts, diving low to his right pushing the ball away for a corner kick. From the the kick Chambers headed wide oft he target.

In the fifty third minute the Lambs doubled their lead when from a Dave Hallett corner kick was partially cleared, Lewis Daw was the first to react, and fired the ball home from eight yards. Good work by Josh Grant saw him find Tyler Elliot but his shot was well saved by Chapman.

Just before the hour mark the Lambs were reduced to ten men when Tyler Elliot was shown a straight red card for a foul on Insley.

This setback did not disturb the Lambs rhythm of play as they continued to pass the ball really well. On the hour a long ball found Glynn Hobbs and Chambers in a chase for the ball, Hobbs seemed to have got the upper hand and was in on goal, only for the referee to whistle awarding St. Austell a free kick, harshly adjudging Hobbs had fouled the centre back.

The Lambs then had a real scare when the visitors opened up the Lambs defence but Josh Robins was on hand to make a magnificent goal line clearance.

With the extra man St Austell were having the greater share of possession but the Lambs were still created chances to extend their lead. The home team continued to pass the ball well,  enabling them to maintain a fair share of the ball. Both Glynn Hobbs and Ricki Shepherd had efforts well saved by Keeper Chapman.

St Austell continued to press for an opening but the Lambs defence were in great form and Josh Oak was commanding in goal, making another smart save to deny Watts in the 84th minute. Three minutes later Chapman in the visitors goal made a terrific save to deny Glynn Hobbs. The Lambs saw out the remainder of the match to record a magnificent victory over the title contenders, and maintain their push for honours.

This was another great performance by the team, every member of the squad played their part, with many great individual performances, but the man of the match was Dave Hallett who was magnificent in midfield, showing all his experience and skill. The team must repeat this standard of performance for the next game when they entertain last years Champions.


Previous meetings

07 May 18 2:00 pm SWPL Tavistock AFC Firsts v St Austell AFC 5 - 1
25 Aug 18 3:00 pm SWPL Tavistock AFC Firsts v St Austell AFC 5 - 2
29 Sep 18 2:30 pm ECPL Tavistock AFC Reserves v St Austell AFC 0 - 5
14 Nov 18 7:30 pm ECPL St Austell AFC v Tavistock AFC Reserves 2 - 2
16 Feb 19 3:00 pm SWPL St Austell AFC v Tavistock AFC Firsts 5 - 0