The end to a Fantastic Season
Tavistock AFC 4 AFC St Austell 0
The Lambs rounded off their in fine style when they recorded a resounding victory over St Austell, the runners up in the league title, in front of the largest league crowd seen at Langsford Park for many a season.
The game started at a fast pace with the home team going close to opening the scoring in the second minute when Glynn Hobbs won the ball, his delightful pass inside the full back found Jack Crago but his lob over the advancing keeper went agonisingly over the bar. The Lambs were now dominating the proceedings and the early pressure resulted in a mix up in the visitors defence after six minutes, Lewis Coombes won possession and played a lovely ball into Glynn Hobbs who calmly rounded keeper Peters and slot the ball home.
Four minutes later the home team were awarded a free kick twenty five yards from goal, Glynn Hobbs thunderbolt shot cannoned off the upright and ran to safety. After fifteen minutes the Lambs lost captain Lewis Daw with a knee injury, his brother Warren slotted into the centre back position with substitute Dan Follett taking over in midfield.
The home team continued to press forward and Dan Evans saw his header clip the cross bar following a Dave Hallett corner kick.
The Lambs doubled their lead on the half hour, when Warren Daw broke from the back making a penetrating run through the middle of the park, his pass found Fyneboy who set up Lewis Coombe to fire home from fourteen yards.
This spurred the visitors and Jack Ord was called on to make a couple of smart saves to maintain the home teams lead. Three minutes before the interval Peters made a terrific save pushing Jack Crago’s twenty five yard bullet shot away for a corner kick. On the stroke of half time Ord made a good save to deny Evans from reducing the home sides two goal advantage.
St Austell came out strongly after the break and had a very good opening fifteen minute spell. From a free kick thirty yards from goal, the ball was headed clear but the ball fell to Paynne who’s resulting shot was well saved by Jack Ord. Then Giles saw his header go over the bar following a corner kick.
On the hour the home team were awarded a free kick, Shepherd and Fyneboy combined well, with the later shooting just wide of the target. The Lambs had now started to regain control of them, as their passing game now began to flow again.
In the 64th minute once again Crago’s pace caused the visitors defence problems throughout the game, he found Shepherd inside the penalty area who was brought down by Watts, the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty kick. Glynn Hobbs riffled the ball low into the corner of the net.
Shortly afterwards Lewis Pacey played a penetrating through ball for Ricki Shepherd to volley home to complete the scoring. The visitors continued to try and reduce the arrears but the home defence were in no mood to concede and deservedly kept a clean sheet.
The final whistle went with the home team recording their tenth straight win, to bring to an end, what has been a memorable season. Finishing third after a poor start to the campaign is truly remarkable. This is the Lambs highest points total since the formation of the South Western Peninsula league.
It is imperative to keep the same management team and squad of talented players together for next season in order to push for the title next season. Everyone in the squad has been a credit to the club and the football produced since Stewert Henderson took sole charge has been terrific to watch. Scoring over one hundred goals in a season is a great achievement. Well done to everyone at the Football Club.
The manager’s quote after the game was “Let’s go two places better next season.”