TAVISTOCK maintained third place in the league with this home victory over a well organised Kingsbridge and Salcombe side.
In what could be described as a game of two halves it was the visitors who made the brighter start to this third versus fourth encounter with the K&S frontline looking dangerous in attack.
The visitors took advantage of a slightly nervous start from the Reds to score the opening goal of the game and then continued to dominate possession of the ball. The home side did draw level when Mount Kelly student Meg Benton swept the ball in having been left unmarked at the back post. Having got back into the game it was important for the Reds to go in at half time level but K&S again hit them on the break with a fast flowing move and again took the lead.
Tavistock came out in the second half determined to play their usual composed, quick attacking hockey and drew level within five minutes of the restart when in-form striker Sarah Law converted from close range following more good work from player of the match Becky Lamb down the right hand side.
The goal gave Tavistock the confidence they had been lacking and the home side began to maintain possession of the ball and started to create a number of chances to take the lead.
The game was stopped following an injury to one of the K&S defenders. Although both sides did well to pick up where they left off it was the home side who maintained the greater level of intensity in attack.
The winning goal was scored by Reds' captain Laura Armstrong who swept the ball high into the net to claim her sixth goal of the season.
With 15 minutes remaining both teams had chances to score. Robynne Fenwick was denied by the crossbar after a shot from the top of the D and then in the final two minutes K&S were denied a penalty corner goal thanks to a goal line clearance from Hannah Colston.
With one league game remaining before Christmas, Tavistock wil be looking for another three points away at PMHC next Saturday and go into the winter break in the top three.