The Lambs were without the suspended Josh Robbins plus the services of Warren Daw and Luke Brown as they took on Bodmin Town last season’s 3rd placed team Bodmin Town. Into the starting line up came the returning Ben Cross and Lewis Daw with Tyler Elliot making up the eleven. Included on the bench was new signing George Swain with Dan Follett drafted in from Bere Alston.
The Home side had not had the best of starts in the league this season having drawn the first two and surprisingly losing mid week, away to Falmouth, the Lambs were facing a wounded animal. But it was the visitors who had the better start as Josh Grant latched onto a through ball from Jack Crago cutting inside and the ball was lost and the chance gone. Grant was on another jinking run and crossed for Elliot who headed just over.
The home sides first chance came on 13 minutes when the ball fell kindly for Chris McPhee in the area but his shot went wide of the post. Two minutes later the Lambs took the lead, Ryan Swain took a long throw into the area, Elliot got a touch on to it and there was ex Bodmin player Dan Sullivan to volley home at the near post. Bodmin’s keeper Grant Fisher then came to his sides rescue to block Daw’s effort.
The game changed on the half hour in the Lambs favour. Luke Rundle fouled Elliot near to the touchline. After discussion with the assistant, Rundle was cautioned for the offence and then stupidly applauded the referee who immediately produced a second yellow. It was to prove a costly mistake as within two minutes the Lambs had increased their lead. Crago and Grant combined down the left flank and it was the latter to send in a low cross and there was Sullivan ghosting in at the far post to slide the ball home. Sullivan and Grant both went close prior to half time with Fisher denying Sullivan and Grant hitting the side netting after another jinking run.
The second half started the same as the first with the lambs in the ascendancy, Crago shot wide from a great Elliot cross on the hour but it was a break out from defence on 70 minutes that sealed victory for the Lambs. The ball was worked out to Elliot on the wing to go past his defender and it was another low cross that hit the near post and rolled across the goal and there was Grant to stroke home.
It could have been a more emphatic win with 10 minutes left, Ryan Swain’s cross got headed goalwards by a defender, but luckily for him it came back of the upright.
The Lambs finished the game as strong as they started with Crago going on a jinking run, turning Simmons inside out but his final effort was tipped away for a corner.
What could have been a very tricky match turned out to be a comprehensive victory with a great team performance.