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Tavistock AFC

Tavistock AFC


Cullompton Rangers AFC

April 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm Langsford Park

This game was the 8th in 12 days for the Lambs .Both sides had played just 24 hours prior and Manager Stuart Henderson had no option but to ring the changes in his overworked squad. Resting both centre backs Lewis Daw and Dan Evans. Luke Brown returned from suspension .Reece Shanley took over the full back position from Corey Burns who moved to Centre back with striker Kelvin Fyneboy also in that role. Writes Eric Pinch.

The Lambs forced a couple of corners in the opening stages but the visitors had the first real chance on 15 minutes when from a free kick on the edge of the area Parson’s shot flew low past Josh Oak’s upright. The home side responded 5 minutes later with Brown’s low cross inviting Josh Grant to slot home but somehow missed the target from close range. Brown was then fouled close to the area with Tallan Burns taking the kick, the ball was moved about for Burns to have the final touch only to see his effort go over the bar.

The Lambs continued to press for the opener and on the half hour Liam Prynn’s close range effort was blocked close to goal with grant following up for his first effort saved by keeper Seedhouse-Evans and the rebound yet again blocked. Despite all this pressure the Lambs found themselves a goal down 2 minutes before half time. A through ball from Donahue split the Lambs defence for Alex Greening to slot home.

The visitors were out on the field of play very early for the second half warming up and it obviously paid dividends. Within 3 minutes they were to double their lead when from a corner an almighty scramble finally saw the fortunate Captain Lloyd Beech (he could have easily had a second yellow in the first half) force the ball home from close range.

At the restart Jack Crago replaced Fyneboy who’d had a good game in an unusual position for him. Skipper Dave Hallett slotted into the back four. Crago was immediately in action as a through ball saw him clear of the defence only to see his rising shot tipped over by the keeper for a Lambs corner.

Crago was not to be denied as from the resultant set piece he headed home from close range to give the lambs hope. Their tails were up as they went for an equaliser. Josh Robbins run and cross saw Leon Prynne’s powerful close range volley held by Seedhouse –Evans. A Burns free kick saw Crago glance a header wide before the lambs deservedly drew level. Cometh the hour, cometh the man as Grant put Prynn through on goal and he made no mistake to slot home.

The Lambs sensed this game was there for the taking with Prynn cross met by Tyler Elliott only to see his effort off target.

But it was not all Tavistock as the visitors looked dangerous on the break and with 10 minutes remaining they again regained the lead though fortunate circumstances. The ball was worked forward into the Lambs half and from distance Greening shot high it looked to be covered by custodian Josh Oak but somehow it slipped from his grasp and agonisingly dropped over the goal line. The chance for a second equaliser on 85 minutes seemed to have been lost when Elliot had space in the area only to blast over from close range.

But this flock of Lambs have never given up all season and right at the death of added time from a corner Prynn got his second with a close range header for a well-deserved equaliser and a share of the points.

Full credit to both sides having played the previous evening and also the officials who equally are having to do many matches in this congested end of season


Previous meetings

29 Sep 15 7:30 pm Tavistock AFC v Cullompton Rangers AFC 1 - 3
02 Apr 16 3:00 pm Cullompton Rangers AFC v Tavistock AFC 0 - 3
27 Sep 16 7:30 pm Tavistock AFC v Cullompton Rangers AFC 6 - 0
11 Apr 17 7:30 pm Cullompton Rangers AFC v Tavistock AFC 0 - 2
03 Oct 17 7:30 pm Cullompton Rangers AFC v Tavistock AFC 0 - 3
26 Apr 18 7:30 pm Tavistock AFC v Cullompton Rangers AFC 3 - 3