Evesham United 0 Tavistock AFC 1
The Lambs followed up their midweek display against AFC Totton with another superb performance against their fellow play-off contenders, despite having a total of six of their squad being absent through injury and unavailability. Into the starting line-up came Joe O’Connor and Sean Thomson replacing Dan Evans
and Josh Parry.
Early pressure from the home side saw Josh Oak claim the ball from a corner and an Ed Harrison interception sent Thomson away, with his effort being deflected for a corner.
The first big chance fell for the Robins on 17 minutes as William Owens found space down the left to send in a low cross, but Oak gathered at the second attempt. O’Connor would see his effort blocked on 22 minutes, with an appeal for a penalty for the Lambs on 25 minutes for a foul on Tallan Burns, but their appeals were waived away.
Owens long range free kick found Ricky Johnson, but his header went over the bar, before Alex Battle’s effort went straight to the keeper. The woodwork would then come to the rescue for the Lambs again this week as Chris Knowles effort bounced back off an upright and from the rebound, Owens blasted over
The home side would rue these missed chances as the Lambs showed them the way on 40 minutes. Some neat passing between O’Connor and Thomson on the edge of the area set up Harrison to send in a low shot, that had keeper Josh Nicol rooted to the spot, as the ball flew past him low into the net, which silenced the home crowd and sent the dozen or so Lambs’ followers into sheer delight.
The Robins had edged the first half, but it was the Lambs who went into half time a goal to the good.
Early on in the second half, Oscar Massey’s effort was blocked by Nicol, who also did well on the hour as Burns cut in from the right to send in a shot which took a deflection to loop up high, but the keeper got a hand to it to deflect it onto the bar to settle on the top of the net.
The last 20 minutes of the game saw the Lambs with their backs to the wall. The home side thought they had equalised on 70 minutes as Owens’ cross was headed home by Johnson, but a flag went up for offside. Substitute Dan Griffiths shot over from close range on 88 minutes and then followed two off-the-goal line clearances right on the stroke of full time.
In added time Oak got down low to his right to palm a fierce low drive, from another sub. Ethan Moran, up and over the crossbar. There were still more added minutes, but the Lambs held on for a vital three points to achieve revenge for the corresponding loss at Langsford Park.
This result leaves them seven points ahead of Evesham who have two games in hand and five ahead of Bashley who have one game in hand. It looks like it is going to go right to the wire to the end of the season.
Evesham named Ed Harrison as Man of the Match, but everyone put in a shift to get the result.
Tomorrow (10th) Tavistock will entertain Willand – KO 3pm
This Saturday (15th) sees the Lambs on their travels with a trip to Southampton to take on title and play-off contenders Sholing F C – KO 3pm The coach will be leaving Roborough Park & Ride @ 8.15 and Langsford Park 8.45, with further pick-ups at Sourton and Exeter Services. For a seat ring Eric 07970052668