Tavistock AFC 2 Cinderford Town 0
The Lambs followed up their emphatic victory away to the visitors, just eleven days ago, with another fine performance to seal the double writes Eric Pinch.
There were four changes to the starting line up from the previous game, Mike Searle replaced Josh Oak in goal, Tallan Burns, Alex Battle and Brandon Pursall would also start at the expense of Dan Evans, Adam McPherson and Joe O’Connor.
It was a great start for the Lambs as they took the game to the visitors creating a number of chances during the first half. As early as the 8th minute Ed Harrison worked himself to the by-line to send in a low cross for Liam Prynn to strike low and hard but straight at the keeper; Josh Grant would see his effort deflect for a corner; and on 20 minutes, Battle got behind the defence only for his lob over the keeper to go agonisingly wide of the target.
Then minutes later, Prynn would see his stab past the keeper just get a touch to go wide. The first real threat from the Foresters came around the half hour mark when from a Felix Miles corner Brandon Liggett headed just over, followed by Grant getting another shot on target and then he set up Prynn only for his effort
to also go wide.
The first half pressure finally told on 40 minutes when Grant’s sharp turn in the area saw him fouled, for the referee to point to the spot and up stepped Prynn to coolly slot home for a deserved lead for the Lambs, which allowed Tavi to go in at half time with the slender lead.
The second half was just five minutes old when the Lambs doubled their lead with what is known in football as a worldy. From a Lambs corner, the ball was only partly cleared to find Ben Cross 30 yards out, who sent in a half volley that hit the top corner of the net leaving keeper Ellis Parker motionless, with everyone looking totally amazed!
Liggett’s effort would go over the bar for the visitors as did Prynn’s, but on the hour, the game was changed for the Lambs when Taylor Scarff was given a straight red card for an off the ball retaliation and Prynn would then make way for Evans to shore up the defence. The last half hour or so then became backs-to-the-wall for the Lambs, as the visitors tried to take advantage of their extra man, but it was the turn of stand in keeper Searle to shine in the final third of the game. Twice he denied the visitors’ attack on 70 and 75 minutes, by first saving point blank from Harry Emmett and then flying to his left to save a certain goal from Miles.
The Lambs remained resolute in defence including six minutes of added on time, to record a very good win with another three points that put them back in the play-off positions again.
Sovereign Wines Man of the Match: Ben Cross.
Jack Chams Player of the Month for January: Joe O’Connor
Thurs 23rd The Development side are in action at Langsford Park when they take on Gunnislake with a 7-30pm KO
Sat 25th Tavistock away to Bristol Manor Farm KO 3pm. A Coach is arranged for Players and spectators, leaving Roborough Park & Ride at 10am and Langsford Park at 10-30am, names to Eric please – 07970052668