A Hard Day At The Office
Tavistock A F C. 3 Bodmin Town 5.
The Lambs lost out in this eight goal thriller, which produced some excellent, exciting football, between two very good teams.
The game got off to a fast start, with both sides playing some fluent passing football, it was Bodmin that got the early breakthrough when Neal played the ball through for Adam Carter too slot the ball home from eight yards, with home defence appealing for what looked like a justifiable call for off side, but the goal was allowed to stand.
In the 16th minute Jack Crago and Glynn Hobbs combined well forcing a great save from Miller to deny Crago from levelling the scores. The Lambs were now having a really good spell putting the Bodmin defence under pressure, a Ricki Shepherd cross found Hobbs but his shot flew inches wide of the target.
Ord in the home goal then made a fine save to deny Neal fro scoring, before Hobbs saw his shot from 20 yards go wide of the target.
The Lambs equalised on the half hour following a terrific passing move which was finished off as Hobbs through ball, found Jack Crago who slotted the ball home pass the advancing keeper Miller into the net.
The Lambs took a deserved lead three minutes later, when another great football move from defence through midfield, to the forward resulted in Hobbs setting up Crago who flashed the ball past Miller into the goal
Six minutes later the home team should have increased their lead when a magnificent cross from Kelvin Fyneboy found Ricki Shepherd, his fierce shot produce another great save from Miller.
The home team started the second half continuing to play some excellent football, both Crago and Fyneboy went close to increasing the lead. In the 50th minute the Lambs increased their lead when Glynn Hobbs provided the perfect cross from the right wing too the far post where Kelvin Fyneboy powered home a magnificent header into the net, giving keeper Miller no chance of saving.
The Lambs then missed a terrific opportunity to make it four in the 53rd minute when Fyneboy shot just wide when well placed.
Shortly afterwards the visitors were awarded a free kick the ball found ex Lambs player Shane Krac, who was lucky to be on the field following a bad two footed tackle, head home from eight yards to make it 3-2.
In the 75th minute the scores were level when the visitors were awarded a penalty after Carter was fouled in the penalty area, Carter made no mistake from the spot kick.
Sadly the officials intervened in the dying minutes when they awarded a second penalty to the visitors, following what looked like a perfectly good tackle by the home defender.
Carter once again made no mistake from the spot to complete his hat trick and give Bodmin the lead. To add salt to the the home sides wounds Shane Crack got his second in stoppage time.
The Lambs can take a great deal of credit from this game even though they will be disappointed at the result. For over an hour they were the better side and proved they are capable of matching the best teams in the league. The telling point was the fact they Bodmin had played four games in the past three weeks, where the Lambs had not played for six week. Training is no substitute for playing matches and this showed in the last twenty five minutes of this encounter, as this showed in the home teams performance.