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Reserves

Saltash United AFC

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Tavistock AFC Reserves

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ECPL Saturday 13 August @ 2:30 pm Kimberley Stadium

After a disjointed preseason which saw several games called off and others put on at the last minute, the Tavistock Reserve side kicked off the season for real with a trip to Saltash United.
After an even start to the game Tavistock’s Sam Hicks forced a good save from ‘The Ashes’ keeper with a crisp low drive, but it was the home side that opened the scoring after 22 mins, a long ball into the corner saw a cross finding Scotty Coombes who converted from close range.
Tavistock’s Ash Seward then found himself away from the last man and one on one with ‘The Ashes’ keeper who made a fine save when a goal looked the likeliest outcome. The same player was again denied by the Saltash keeper after a good strike was turned round the post. A 30 yard ball from Tavistock’s Phelps was met on the volley by Billy McGowan inside the box and a fantastic save denied him. Saltash went into the break 1-0 up.
The home side doubled their advantage 10 minutes into the 2nd half from a corner when sloppy marking saw Coombes again on the mark with his second. Matty Davidson, on as a replacement for Hicks broke into ‘The Ashes’ box but the keeper was having a blinding game and again made a good save to deny the lambs troubling the scoreboard. Tavistock were now forced to gamble players forward in an attempt to break through a hard working Saltash side, always vulnerable to the counter attack it was Tavy’s keeper Castle who was forced to make a good save on 75 minutes. Coombes latched on to another long ball and sealed his opening day hat trick with a good finish. Tavy still pressed on through Harry Henderson and a Phelps cross from the right was met by Billy McGowan who made no mistake at the far post. A grandstand finale in the closing ten minutes saw Saltash resolutely defending to deny Tavistock any more success and a breakaway goal sealed a 4-1 win for ‘The Ashes’ in the 93rd minute.
Tavistock boss Tim May was bitterly disappointed with his sides showing on the opening day, conceding that ‘we squandered good opportunities in front of goal, although the Saltash keeper was in great form, gave up possession too cheaply, and never really had the game in our control’
The Reserves move on to their next match against Plymstock UTD on 17th August at Langsford Park, KO 7.30pm.

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Previous meetings

10 May 17 7:30 pm ECPL Tavistock AFC Reserves v Saltash United AFC 0 - 1
25 Feb 17 3:00 pm SWPL Tavistock AFC Firsts v Saltash United AFC 3 - 1
01 Oct 16 3:00 pm SWPL Saltash United AFC v Tavistock AFC Firsts 1 - 1
13 Aug 16 2:30 pm ECPL Saltash United AFC v Tavistock AFC Reserves 4 - 1
03 Nov 15 7:30 pm SWPL Tavistock AFC Firsts v Saltash United AFC 3 - 1
26 Sep 15 3:00 pm SWPL Saltash United AFC v Tavistock AFC Firsts 1 - 0