After a convincing win in midweek, Tavistock AFCs next challenge was in the FA Cup where they were drawn against Southern League side Frome Town. In a tight affair which marked Frome’s 100 year anniversary in the competition the Lambs prevailed and progressed to the next round on a sun drench Langsford Park.
The team remained unchanged from the Buckland game with the exception of Keeper Josh Oak who was unavailable so Lambs stalwart Jack Ord was recalled.
Tavistock Manager Stuart Henderson reflected “I felt that we were a little too cautious in the first 20 and although we had a fair amount of possession I felt it was Frome that were more purposeful with their attacking play”.
The lambs weathered the storm and with new signing Jordan Annear worked tirelessly up front, the combination play of Annear and Prynn caused problems for the Frome back four, which resulted in a foul in the box and from the resulting penalty Jack Crago gave the Lambs a 1-0 lead.
The lead was short lived however as a fine header followed by a cross from Frome’s dangerous winger Davies levelled the the score line within 5 minutes making it 1-1.
The game ebbed and flowed for the remainder of the half and other than a save from Ord from Joe OLoughlin the score remained 1-1 at the break.
The half time team talk led to a few minor changes, but the first 20 minutes of the second half both teams continued to match each other, however some inspiring work by Josh Robbins and Callum Watson allowed the Lambs to find another gear and in the final 15 minutes had three good opportunities to put the cup tie out of Frome reach, Annear was unlucky to hit the bar, Prynn on the stretch shot over from close range, and Brown had an effort cleared off the line.
However the Lambs weren’t too be denied and in the 86th minute good build up play involving Crago, Prynn and Annear resulted in the ball coming to Brown, who after a mazy run beating three Frome defenders steered the ball into the bottom corner to set up a grandstand finish.
With less than 5 minutes to go Frome threw everything at the Lambs defence and came close but for a stunning save by Ord. But the Lambs triumphed much to the delight of the crowd and ensured Tavistock progressed to the next round.
A smiling Henderson said “With outstanding performances across the pitch the team deserved the win, we knew it would be tough but everybody was on their game, my man of the match goes to Josh Robins.