Tavistock AFC 0 Hamworthy United 2
This match was the start of a trilogy of games with teams in the play-off positions, including the league leaders Sholing. With just ten games to go it is a make or break situation and could well define the Lambs end of season position writes Eric Pinch.
The Lambs kept the same starting line up from the previous week, apart from Adam McPherson who picked up a mid-week injury and was replaced by new signing from Millbrook Sean Thomson on the subs bench.
The home side were good value for the first 20 minutes as they took the game to the visitors, with a free kick from Alex Battle going just over the bar in the opening minutes and Liam Prynn and Warren Daw combining to allow Josh Grant to get his shot away which also went close.
Then Cameron Mann shot wide after keeper Josh Oak’s punched clearance fell for him, before they took the lead on 23 minutes. A ball over the defence saw Dan Evans get a head on it only for it to fall for Will Fletcher, who is on loan from Poole, to slot home on the edge of the area.
Grant then saw another effort go wide and Prynn headed off the line from a Hamworthy corner.
The last third of the first half would see the visitors keep the pressure on with a succession of corners and Prynn would again clear off the line with Fletcher heading over from the set pieces.
The visitors just edged the first half going in a goal to the good.
There was a good chance for the Lambs to level early in the second half, as keeper Tommy Scott’s poor clearance only found Ed Harrison, but his shot lacked direction and the chance was gone.
Just prior to the hour the visitors doubled their score to make life even more difficult for the Lambs, when Mann’s fierce shot from distance saw Oak get hands to the ball only to send it high up and over him, with Fletcher in attendance, for the ball to drop into the net.
There was a double substitution for the Lambs on the hour, with Joe O’Connor and Thomson coming on for Tallan Burns and Battle, followed by Ben Fowles replacing Warren Daw ten minutes later. A period of sustained pressure from the Lambs around the eighty minute mark saw Grant hit the target only for Scott to get a touch and the ball rebound back into his arms and right at the death Oak would deny Fletcher adding to his and Hamworthy’s total.
With results going against them in mid-week and this loss, the Lambs dropped two places out of the play off positions, but with just a point separation.
Another difficult match follows as the Lambs take on League leaders Sholing (Southampton) at Langsford Park this Saturday 11th March 3pm kick off.