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Tavistock AFC


Bemerton Heath Harlequins

Southern League Div One South August 12, 2023 @ 3:00 pm Langsford Park

The Lambs welcomed the newly promoted visitors from The Wessex League for this first match of
the season on their very first visit to Langsford Park.
Just seven remained in the starting line up from last season with Dan Kiota on the subs bench
returning from Willand Rovers. Newcomers Aaron Dearing, Charlie Elkington, Scott Piper and Owen
Pritchard were included with Jacob Bowker and Will Elliot on the subs bench. Liam Prynn, George
Newton, Josh Oak Adam McPherson, Noah Maund and Sam Rutter were unavailable for a number of
It was an even opening 15 minutes with both sides forcing a series of corners and from one of them
Taylor Scarff would see his goal bound effort blocked and then had another chance as Harlequins
keeper Amadeusz Skrzyniarz (Adam) came out wide to clear with the ball falling to Scarff, a split
second chance to score went as he chose to pass but even then Tallon Burns still got his shot away
only to see his chance go wide with Adam still out of position.
On 25 minutes a good interchange of passes in mid field allowed Ben Fowles the chance to get a 20
yarder go just wide but it was the visitors that opened the scoring on the half hour for the their first
goal in the league. Brendon Holmes picked up a stray pass and was allowed to go forward
unchallenged to shoot low past Dearing.
A fairly even first half as it ends, the visitors with a slender league.
The second half started brightly for the Lambs as Captain Ed Harrison got clear in the visitors penalty
area to get his shot away to go just wide and was fouled in the process with nothing given apart
from a booking for Burns. Harrison was then on the end of a strong challenge that pole axed him
that left him having to have lengthy treatment. Battle then lobs Adam but again it goes agonisingly
close as the lambs applied the pressure seeking an equaliser.
Speechly Price then saw his effort tipped around a post by Dearing for a corner and from it Young
ballooned his effort over the bar from close range with the Lambs lucky to remain at just 0-1.
Kiota on for Piper with Muhammed Jatta replacing Speechly Price on 65 minutes to make what was a
colourful Cameo appearance. With almost his first touch he was allowed to stride forward in
midfield and from 25 yards strike low past Dearing to double the visitor’s advantage.
The Lambs had put in a below par performance but it all changed on the 80 th minute, a long ball out
of defence was not dealt with by Bemerton’s defence with the ball falling to Pritchard and from fully
35 yards lobbed the ball goal wards to leave Adam completely stranded in no man’s land as the ball
settled in the net. Jatta had already been cautioned for kicking the ball away and then unnecessarily
tripped Scarff to receive his second yellow and a red card on 82 minutes.
It then became a defensive last 15 for the away side as the Lambs seeked to get on level terms.
3 good chances fell the Lambs way, Bowker’s deep cross saw Scarf floating behind the defence only
to see his volley go straight at the keeper, Adam then did well to keep out a Battle effort and finally

Scarff’s high cross saw Adam completely miss the ball for it to fell to Pritchard but could only steer it
the wrong side of the upright.
A tough defeat to take at home on the first day, however they will have had the chance to put it
right as they will have played Willand Rovers last night away at Silver Street.

Tavistock AFC 1 - 2 Bemerton Heath Harlequins

  • Saturday 12 August 2023 @ 3:00 pm
  • Southern League Div One South 
  • Langsford Park
  • Attendance: 181

Previous meetings

12 Aug 23 3:00 pm Southern League Div One South Tavistock AFC v Bemerton Heath Harlequins 1 - 2
23 Dec 23 3:00 pm Southern League Div One South Bemerton Heath Harlequins v Tavistock AFC 2 - 1