Carlsberg South West Peninsula premier

Ivybridge Town 1

Tavistock AFC 2

TAVISTOCK move up to third in the league, with a game in hand on the top three, after this hard earned victory at Ivybridge.

The Lambs were quick out of the blocks and dominated the opening period.

In the fifth minute they should have taken the lead when Adam Carter was put through on goal, only to be denied by a great save by Dave Painter in the host's goal.

Painter then made another outstanding stop, when a right wing cross from Ben Davies found Glyn Hobbs in the area, his fierce shot from 12 yards was palmed to safety by the keeper.

The Lambs continued to put pressure on the Ivybridge defence and in the 28th minute missed another golden opportunity to take the lead when Carter was released by a great pass from Dave Hallett; Carter rounded the advancing keeper, and with the goal at his mercy, somehow managed to hit the crossbar.

However the Lambs were rewarded for their attacking prowess in the 40th minute, when a fine pass from Hallett found Glyn Hobbs who got between two defenders, and riffled the ball home from 18yards, giving Painter no chance.

The second half saw Ivybridge come more into the game with Ryan McClements firing just wide. Minutes later Brett Walton had a great chance to equalise when he somehow lifted the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy. In the 70th minute the hosts equalised when after some good work on the wing by McClements, saw his fine cross headed home by Gavin Cockman at the far post. This stirred the Lambs into action and with eight minutes to go they regained the lead when Mark Conday's first effort was blocked, but he followed up to blast home the loose ball from 12 yards.

Ivybridge pushed for an equaliser but the Lambs defence held firm to gain all three points.

Once again this was a game that the Lambs should have won more convincingly. The football they play at times is a pleasure to watch, but it is very frustrating to see them miss many scoring opportunities, as this puts added pressure on the defence not to concede a goal.

The Lambs are now in a really good position as we go into the second half of the season. They are also still in the Throgmorton League Cup and the Devon Bowl.