Carlsberg South West peninsula premier
Tavistock AFC 5
TAVISTOCK recorded another fine win to put them eight points clear at the top of the league table. Saltash’s home game was postponed as they retain second spot with two games in hand. Another great result for the Lambs was the 2-2 draw between title challengers Bodmin and St Austell.
The Lambs took control from the start and home keeper Prentice was forced to make a fine save to deny Lewis Daw from opening the scoring in the second minute. Five minutes later a great move saw Glynn Hobbs in on goal but he was adjudged to be off side.
The visitors continued to dominate the game Shane Krac set up Glynn Hobbs but his fierce shot went inches wide of the target. Tavistock opened the scoring in the 20th minute when a fine move saw Shane Krac provide the perfect cross for captain Lewis Daw head home from eight yards to record the clubs 100th goal of this season.
Two minutes later Prentice in the home goal made a great save to deny Ricki Shepherd from increasing the lead; he then made another good save to deny Glyn Hobbs. Another really good passing move resulted in Jack Crago firing inches wide of the target. The home team tried their utmost to get a foot hold in the game but the Lambs’ defence were in total control dealing with any of their attempts to get forward.
The Lambs doubled their lead in the 35th minute when a terrific shot from Dave Hallett could only be parried by Prentice, the ball fell to Glynn Hobbs, who slotted the ball home from eight yards.
The Lambs increased their lead three minutes into the second half, terrific work by Ricki Shepherd saw his perfect pass put Josh Grant in on goal who made no mistake as he fired low into the corner of the net from 18 yards.
The visitors continued to dominate the game and it came as no surprise when they made it four in the 56th minute. Crago made a penetrating run down the left before passing to Hobbs, who finished with aplomb from 18 yards. The Lambs scored their fifth goal in the 80th minute when another great passing move sliced through the home defence saw Hobbs set up Josh Grant who fired home from 12 yards.
Newquay’s best attempt on goal in the dying minutes was when Josh Oak had to produce a fine save to turn a shot from Rapsey over the bar. Tavistock were denied a sixth when Prentice pulled off a really good save to deny Hobbs getting his hat trick.
This was another really good performance by the team, everyone played their part in securing another win, in a game that could have been a potential ‘banana skin’. The team must maintain this level of performance for the remaining eight games to have any hopes of winning the title.
Tavistock were pleased to see Lewis Coombes back in the squad, and playing the last 20 minutes, having recovered from his broken leg sustained in a pre-season friendly.
The team will have to be at their best again this week when they visit Launceston, who have recently been having a great run of results.