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Tavistock AFC

Willand Rovers


Tavistock AFC

FA Vase November 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm Stan Robinson Stadium

The Lambs travelled to Willand Rovers on the back of a good result at Millbrook. Willand, are currently third in the Western Premier League, one step higher in the FA pyramid system.
The game got off to a terrific start with both teams playing some excellent football each probing for the first opening. It was the home team that got the breakthrough in the ninth minute, when a good move down the left flank when a deep cross was headed back across the goal by Alden and there was Stamp to fire the ball home.
The Lambs rallied and created a half chance five minutes later, before Alden went close for the home as his shot was wide of the target from twenty yards.
A fine move saw Josh Grant powerful shot parried by the home keeper but no one was on hand to turn the rebound home.
The Lambs deservedly levelled the scores in the 28th minute when a pin point free kick by Tyler Elliot resulted in Josh Grant gliding his perfectly placed header into the corner of the net.
Four minutes later Josh Oak was called upon to make a good save to deny Mortimore from scoring. Both teams continued to probe to take the lead, with both teams serving up some entertaining attacking football for the large crowd.
The second continued to replicate the First with the play flowing from end to end with very little to choose between two evenly matched teams.
Searle in the home goal made a fine save turning a fierce shot from Josh Grant over the bar. He was again called into action to deny Jack Crago.
Back came Willand, Josh Oak made a great save to prevent Alden from scoring.
On the hour another fine move by the visitors resulted in a thunderbolt shot from Luke Brown went inches wide of the target.
Then with minutes remaining the Lambs came close to taking the lead, when a terrific shot from Tallan Burns which looked destined for the net, was diverted against the crossbar by keeper Searle, and the ball fell to safety.
Extra time looked inevitable with neither side creating that big chance in the nervy last few minutes, however in the 91st minute Willand won a corner kick, the ball was only partially cleared, a goalmouth scramble ensued, the first shot was blocked, the second shot rebounded and fell kindly for Guppy to stab the ball home from five yards, to snatch victory .
This was a magnificent game of cup football between two evenly matched teams, credit must go to both sides for providing great entertainment for the large crowd. Although the Lambs players and management must be really “gutted” at losing, they can be proud of their performance. The team need to put this setback behind them and be ready for the next tests which are difficult fixtures at Bodmin and Exmouth


Previous meetings

03 Nov 18 3:00 pm FA Vase Willand Rovers v Tavistock AFC 2 - 1
24 Dec 22 1:00 pm Southern League Div One South Willand Rovers v Tavistock AFC 3 - 1
10 Apr 23 3:00 pm Southern League Div One South Tavistock AFC v Willand Rovers 0 - 3
16 Aug 23 7:45 pm Southern League Div One South Willand Rovers v Tavistock AFC 2 - 0
28 Feb 24 7:45 pm Southern League Div One South Tavistock AFC v Willand Rovers 1 - 3