ASSISTANT manager Ken Ord hailed the character of the Lambs as they made it five games unbeaten in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division with a superb 3-1 win at home to Wellington.
Tallan Burns got the team off to the perfect start, drilling home the opening goal on 15 minutes, but parity was restored when Josh Baker was put through on goal and he fired past Tavi shot-stopper Josh Oak.
Josh Grant headed in Burns’ superb free kick to restore the Lambs lead and Liam Prynn added a third late on to put the game beyond the Somerset side.
It was another gutsy win for Tavi, who were again without their three central midfielders Callum Watson, Dave Hallett and Warren Daw and called in Jake Miller to cover the absence of their midfield trio.
“It was a good win for us, especially as we were missing all three central midfield players,” Ord said. “Again, it led to a changed side, but we know we have quality in this team and I think the boys just roiled up their sleeves and got on with it.
“We knew it was going to be tough because Wellington had started well and hadn’t lost any of their last three games, but the early goal helped settle us down.
“It is always nice to get an early goal to settle the nerves and allows us to play. They had to come onto us and they did look dangerous at times with their number ten causing us problems.
“We got to half-time 1-0 up and could have had a couple more, which would have settled it. One-nil is never a great scoreline and it came back to haunt us, as they equalised.”
Tavi were forced into a half-time changes when Calum Davenport went off and was replaced by Luke Brown, who slotted into midfield and Ben Cross dropped back to centre back. Brown enjoyed his best game of the season so far in what was an unfamiliar role for him.
However, it was Tavi’s potent front two of Grant and Prynn that sealed victory for the Lambs with Grant heading in the second and Prynn tapping in a third moving both players into eight goals for the season so far.
“You always hope that strikers will come through for you and tale the chances they get,” Ord added. “The second goal was down to the fantastic delivery from Tallan and Granty got another one with his head, so that’s two in two with his head!
“I was pleased for him and then Prynny’s was just a predatory goal where he got to the ball first and that put the game beyond doubt.”
Despite the three goals, it was captain Lewis Daw that was named the Sovereign Wines man of the match for another wholehearted display in defence. “That’s what you always get from Lewis,” Ord added.
“Lewis, as we know, has been recovering from that awful injury he picked up 18 months ago and what you get from Lewis is what you see, he always plays 100 per-cent.
“We needed him at times and when there was a tackle to be made, he made it and when leadership was required, he didn’t go missing, so I was pleased for him as it was a good performance.”