Following last week’s result at St Stephens Borough the visit of new boys Pensilva was an intriguing prospect at Langsford Park.
The first real chances came to young Jack Tribble of tavi who was unfortunate on a couple of occasions. On 15 mins though a fierce strike from 14 yards was superbly saved by Castle in the Tavi goal inside the far post. Neither side was in the ascendency and both defences kept the scoring potential to a minimum. However, on 35 minutes following a good save from Castle the ball dropped into a crowded box and Sam Rodgers shot was deflected past the keeper and a defender on the line to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage at the break.
Tavistock changed formation for the start of the second half sacrificing a midfielder Rowing-Parker and adding Hicks to the front line.
The shape change had little effect for Tavistock as they lacked urgency and drive to get back on level terms, the gear change never came for the lambs as they rather lamely gave up on the points, Pensilva remained workmanlike and defended well when required, and struck on the counter attack, late on Tavi were gambling men forward in a vain attempt to salvage some points, but never really looked up for the battle, playing a 3-3-4 formation meant the lambs were vulnerable to the counter and late on following a run Pensilva put the game to bed with a second. To compound an awful day at Langsford Park on the final whistle, Castle made a fine save only for the ball to drop to the striker who tapped home for a 3-0 victory.
Tavy manager Tim May was ‘ disgusted by our lack of desire and urgency, we just didn’t turn up as a team today, we got exactly what we deserved from the game, the lads need to have a long look at themselves and come back with a bit of fire in their bellies, there is no substitute for hard work.’