Wednesday August 15th 2018
Town travelled to one of the favourites to lift the SWPL Premier Division crown, Tavistock, on a night when the mist and drizzle came in off the moor.
Town kept the same side that started the match at Elburton Villa with Jimmy Hinds on the substitute’s bench to eventually make his first competitive appearance in a Town shirt.
Town made a confident start taking the game to their hosts and after eight minutes Nathan Cooper saw his shot turned away for a corner from which Karl Rickard headed over. Cooper then had another run and shot and as Town continued to dominate proceedings Mark Lever saw his header hit the inside of the post with the rebound hitting a defender before going agonisingly the wrong side of the post.
The second half started with Tavistock having more of the play without ever threatening and both sides giving the ball away far too cheaply. From one such error by the home team Cooper raced clear on seventy two minutes to be brought down inside the box. Town had already had one penalty shout turned away but this time there was no dispute. Unfortunately Cooper saw the ‘keeper guess right as he dived full length to his left to turn away the well struck shot for a corner.
This was undoubtedly the turning point of the game as Tavistock took control of proceedings to dominate the remainder of the game. Robbie Powell made a string of excellent saves, desperate blocks and hacked clearances look to have secured Town a point until with ninety four minutes on the clock and after a three minute hold up to an injury to Kieran Willdigs Tavistock scrambled the ball home at the far post to send the home supporters into raptures. Town were left to rue their misses but plenty of positives after controlling the game for long periods against one of the sides that will be in the mix to lift the title at the end of the season.
Team: Powell, Avery, Willdigs (Gillard), Shipton (Hinds), Ibbeson, Dirrane, Lever, Denny, High, Cooper, Rickard.