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Tavistock AFC

Tavistock AFC


Barnstaple Town FC

FA Cup August 19, 2023 @ 3:00 pm Langsford Park

This would be the fifth time that both clubs would face each other in the Cup spanning back seventy
years, three rounds in the late forties and early fifties followed by another in 2010. The visitors had
recorded wins in all previous four meetings, writes Eric Pinch.
George Newton would start in place of Scott Piper with Adam McPherson retaining his place at the
expense of the injured Iestyn Harris.
The Lambs got off to the perfect start, from a free kick in their own half McPherson struck the ball
forward and after a defensive slip Alex Battle pounced to stride forward and slot home low past
keeper Liam Kingston. The home side had a further chance on seven minutes to increase their lead
as Captain Ed Harrison was put through only to see his effort slice wide of the target.
Lambs keeper Aaron Dearing was on his toes on twelve minutes as he clawed away an overhead kick
from Charlie Prentice. Charlie Elkington then cleared the danger for the Lambs before they doubled
their lead on twenty five minutes, another defensive slip allowed Battle to latch onto the ball to go
past defenders to slot home and put the Lambs in a controlled position. But as the first period drew
to a close the visitors got back into the game, Tommy Rogers shot looked like going wide but a
wicked deflection off Elkington diverted the ball goal wards to leave Dearing floundering as the ball
crept into the near post.
Owen Pritchard then shot over before the visitors got back on level terms on the stroke of half time.
Merson Ham was allowed to cut in from the left and get his shot away low to the near post.
The Lambs created a great chance at the beginning of the second half but one pass too many and
the chance was gone. The Barum got themselves ahead on 55 minutes when from a corner the ball
was only cleared to the edge of the penalty area for Stuart Bowker to drill back low through a crowd
of players in the goal area and settle into the net.
63 minutes and the away side was gifted a goal, Dearing off his line and defenders close there was a
mix up for the ball to fall kindly for Bowker to have the simplest of tasks to roll the ball into an empty
net. 2-4 and looking out of it the Lambs had other ideas, minutes later a free kick for a foul on
Harrison just outside the area saw Battle step up to strike the ball past Kingston. The advantage then
swayed the Lambs way even further as the visitors were reduced to 10 men on 70 minutes with an
off the ball offence for Harvey Dennis to receive his marching orders.
It was 2 minutes into added on time when from a deep cross defender Taylor Scarff saw his point
blank effort blocked by Kingston, it was a costly miss as the visitors attacked from it and sub Harry
Foster sealed the victory for the away side. A lot of injuries, substitutions and time wasting all added
up to a total of 13 minutes extended play. But it was not enough to claw back 2 goals.
On the day a gallant display from the Lambs playing a team lower in the pyramid but more
experienced and physically stronger, 3 good goals for the Lambs, a couple of quality ones for the
visitors and the others having shades of luck.

Sovereign Wines Man of the Match Alex Battle (hat trick)

Tavistock AFC 3 - 5 Barnstaple Town FC

  • Saturday 19 August 2023 @ 3:00 pm
  • FA Cup 2nd Prelim Qualifying Round
  • Langsford Park

Previous meetings

19 Aug 23 3:00 pm FA Cup Tavistock AFC v Barnstaple Town FC 3 - 5