Free scoring Lambs blast aside Helston

By John Hutchins in Football

Carlsberg South West Peninsula premier

Tavistock AFC 10

Helston Athletic 1

TAVISTOCK AFC continued their push for the title on Saturday, when they demolished a spirited hard working Helston side in the second half of this encounter. Although they dominated the first half they only went into the interval with a slender one goal advantage.

The home team missed several opportunities to score when both Glynn Hobbs and Jack Crago were thwarted by Wyatt in the visitors’ goal; then Crago, after fine work by Luke Brown, missed a sitter with his head.

On the half hour another a fine pass found Hobbs, who made no mistake as he slotted the ball home from 12 yards. The Lambs continued to create chances with shots from Josh Grant and Hobbs well saved by Wyatt.

The second half was a different affair as the Lambs found their shooting boots. Three minutes in, a great pass from Dave Hallett found Hobbs who beat two defenders, before taking the ball around the keeper and calmly slotted the ball home from five yards.

In the 54th minute a superb pass by Warren Daw found Grant who made no mistake finding the bottom corner of the net from 15 yards. Three minutes later it was game over; with a great run by Robins, his fine pass found Hobbs, who thundered the ball home in the top corner of the net from 22 yards.

On the hour the Lambs made it five when another penetrating pass put Hobbs in on goal, he calmly rounded the keeper and slot the ball home to complete his hat-trick. Nine minutes later following good work by Grant, a fine pass found Luke Brown with his back to goal - he pivoted to make room for a shot, which he dispatched into the corner of the net.

In the 74th minute Grant saw his fine effort produce a terrific save by Wyatt but Crago was on hand to tap home the rebound.

The Lambs made it eight six minutes later when a fine ball by Steve Rogers found Jack Crago who lobbed the advancing keeper into the net.

The plucky Helston side kept trying and never gave up and they were rewarded for their effort when a free kick taken by Cattran took a wicked deflection off the home team’s defensive wall, wrong footing poor Josh Oak in the home goal.

Tavistock were not finished yet as Hobbs added to his goal tally in the 87th minute. Then in the dying minutes a Steve Rogers corner kick was headed home by Crago to make it ten.

This was another good team performance although the team finishing in the first half was well below what the team normally produced. In the second half however they were back to their best, and produced some clinical finishing, improving their conversion ratio of goals scored against chances made.

Every player can be proud of their performance as they dominated the game throughout the 90 minutes.

Tavistock AFC are at home to Godolphin on Saturday, April 22.

Tavistock AFC 5

Launceston 1

THE Lambs put their title challenge back on track on April 5 with this fine victory over a very competitive Launceston team.

The game got off to a bright start with both sides playing some good football. Tavistock came closest to opening the scoring in the tenth minute, when Josh Grant played a great through ball to Jack Crago but his shot flew inches wide of the target.

The home team made two other opportunities to score, but it was Launceston who opened the scoring in the 18th minute. A good break down the right saw the Lambs short of numbers at the back and the cross into the penalty area  was flashed home by Blatchford.

It took the home side just five minutes to level the scores, when following a fine move involving five players, a fine effort by Shane Krac deflected for a corner kick.  Dave Hallett’s kick saw Warren Daw rise majestically to power home an unstoppable bullet header into the top corner of the net.

The Lambs now started to get their fluent passing game going and started to dominate possession. They took a deserved lead in the 37th minute when a great move saw Luke Brown find Grant; his fine pass found Josh Robins down the left flank, his perfect cross to Krac saw him fire home from 12 yards.

Things got worse for the visitors after a defensive mistake when a pass back to the goalkeeper lacked the necessary pace, Glynn Hobbs was onto it in a flash and rounded Tweskberry before slotting the ball into an empty net for the home team to go into the interval with a two goal advantage.

Ten minutes into the second half Tavistock made the game safe when another great passing move, saw Daw find Krac just outside the penalty area from which he fired an unstoppable shot low into the far corner of the net.

Josh Oak in the home goal was called upon to make a really smart save from Martindale trying to reduce the arrears.

In the 75th minute the Lambs increased their lead when Krac played a delightful pass to Crago; his first time cross into the penalty area was perfect for the on rushing Grant who netted with aplomb.

Launceston never gave up and tried their hardest to score but the home defence were in fine form and were in no mood to concede, and keeper Oak’s handling was superb, dealing with any crosses into the danger zone.

The Lambs saw the remainder of the out and could have increased their lead further but for some good goal keeping and last ditch defending by the visitors.

This was another fine performance which got the title challenge back on track.

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