TAVISTOCK manager Stuart Henderson was far from happy with the display of his team despite a 2-1 win at Clevedon Town in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
The Lambs should have been out of sight after a dominant first half in which they found themselves 2-0 up but, as has often been the case this season, they took their foot off the gas and allowed Clevedon a route back into the game.
Warren Daw’s error allowed Clevedon to get in along the touchline and a low cross was turned in and through the legs of goalkeeper Josh Oak, who had pulled off a wonder save in the first half.
Tavi saw the rest of the game out despite some late pressure from the home side and with Shepton Mallet next up at Langsford Park in the Western League, Henderson says his team must perform better if they are to take the points.
Shepton are unbeaten so far this season, but were knocked out of the FA Vase by Mousehole on Saturday and after seeing his side beat Clevedon, Henderson said: “It was a game of two halves and that was all our own doing really.
“I thought, in the first half, we were 2-0 up and dominant but I said to the lads I felt we played in spells but we dropped off and allowed them back into it and then had another good spell just before half-time when we scored the two goals.
“I spoke about the importance of not conceding the next go and we did, but Warren held his hand up and I think Oaky will be disappointed as well, but we take responsibility as a team.
“What could have been a lot more comfortable ends up being a close finish and credit to Clevedon, they chucked balls in the box and were quite physical and the last ten minutes became quite frantic.
“At the end of the day, it’s about winning games of football. It’s another three points and keeps us up at the top where we want to be.”
After Liam Prynn and Josh Grant had sent early headers flashing just wide of goal, Josh Oak came to the Lambs’ rescue with a brilliant stop to keep out a long range shot that looked destined for the top corner.
Moments later, Daw headed down a free kick and Teigan Rosenquest saw a shot blocked before he reacted quickest to fire through a crowded penalty box and into the net to give Tavi the lead.
Ten minutes later, it was 2-0 as Prynn bulldozed his way through the Clevedon defence and smashed an unstoppable shot past the goalkeeper for his tenth goal of the season.
The second half saw a debut for new striker Daniel Koita, who showed plenty of promise, although the Lambs were less threatening after the break with Clevedon seeing plenty of the ball but without creating clear-cut chances.