TAVISTOCK manager Stuart Henderson said he was delighted with a second successive 1-0 win in the Southern League Division One South and warned there was more to come from his impressive young side.
After opening the campaign with a 1-0 win at Larkhall Athletic on Saturday, the Lambs’ first-ever Southern League match on home turf ended with the same scoreline courtesy of a sublime goal by star striker Liam Prynn.
Goalkeeper Josh Oak made two brilliant saves in the second half of a match that produced few opportunities, but it was one moment of brilliance form Prynn that settled the score.
“I am delighted with the win, obviously, but I think there is more to come,” Henderson said. “That’s six points and we haven’t conceded a goal.
“I thought our two centre halves, Taylor (Scarff) and Warren (Daw) were outstanding tonight; (Josh) Oaky made two top drawer saves in the second half but, apart from that, I thought we limited them to very few chances.
“They are a good side and had lots of the ball, but our shape was good and when the chance came along, it came to Prynny and we know how lethal he is.”
The first half was an even affair with few opportunities and Paulton certainly made life difficult for Tavi with their strong, direct and robust style.
But when the goal came, it was well worth the wait as Prynn ran the inside left channel and collected a long pass from Ben Cross. The striker was still some 50 yards from goal, but took a fantastic first touch to get in front of a defender and he opened his body up beautifully before placing the ball into the far corner of the goal.
“We back him all day long to hit the target more than anything and it was a great finish,” Henderson added. “We didn’t have many chances and nor did they. There wasn’t a lot between the two sides.
“We spoke at half-time about our lads being a little braver on the ball because I just felt the lads were too safe at times and there were too many longa nd straight balls. But the character and spirit is great and I know it’s early days, but that’s two wins from two.”
Prynn’s goals were a huge part in Tavi’s Western League success last season and he was delighted to get off the mark in his first league outing of the campaign.
“I was a little bit starved throughout the game, but when you get your chances, you have to take them,” the former Aston Villa youngster said. “I don’t remember too mucha bout it to be honest, it was all a bit of a blur.
“I remember Crossy played the ball over the top and I think the first touch set it up, straight across the defender, and if he brought me down, he was going off, if not, then I am through one-on-one and then it was a case of picking spots and hitting them. I just opened it up and hit it in the far corner.
“It reminded me very much of Thierry Henry back in the day! He loved to open up and whip it in the far corner.”
The Lambs now have a ten-day break before they return to Langsford Park for their next Division One South clash against Melksham Rovers.