Lambs give Shepton Mallet a small hammering in FA Cup

By Contributor in Football

THE FA Cup final at Wembley is a mere 13/14 games away; the first round proper is five games away with the likelihood of Tavistock progressing to these far off rounds very remote, but one game at a time there is the incentive for the club of picking up some useful cash - even in these early rounds.

The Lambs drafted in former custodian Jack Ord in place of regular keeper Josh Oak, who was not available.

It was a slow start for the visitors as the hosts took the game to Tavistock and it was not until the 17th minute before the Lambs had their first shot on target through Dan Sullivan.

It was no surprise that they went 1-0 after 27 minutes albeit under unfortunate circum-stances, striker Tom Hill got himself into a good position inside the Lambs’ penalty area; his shot flew past Ord, hit the bottom of the near post, rebounded into play, struck Ord on the back and into the net.

The Lambs had a great chance near to the close of the first half when dave Hallett put Jack Crago in behind the defence only for his shot to go straight at keeper Easterbrook.

The second half started with the Lambs in the attack from the first minute with Crago and Josh Grant both going close before they were back on level terms. On 55 minutes Sullivan put Crago through down the left wing, he worked himself to the by-line before crossing low and there was Jake Miller rushing in to sweep the ball into the net, 1-1.

The home side forced two corners immediately, but from the second the Lambs broke with a jinking run from Luke Brown to set up Sullivan to rifle home in the 57th minute. The Lambs were now in control, Dan Evans put Brown in on goal, but he was fouled in the area for the referee to point to the spot. Up stepped Grant to smash the ball high into the net to make it 3-1.

The home side denied the Lambs; with just five minutes remaining, Easter-brook saved twice and there was a goal line clearance. However, the fourth goal came when Cargo rose high at the far post to send a Grant cross past the keeper to round off an excellent second half performance, which sends them into the next round on Saturday August 19.

Tavistock AFC?will play Either Exmouth or Shaftsbury.

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