SWPL 17th January 2015
Spurs undone by late goal
Match report by Newton Abbot Spurs
A late Tavistock goal earned the visitors their first win in four league games and condemned Spurs to their second consecutive defeat in which they have conceded a late goal. Spurs welcomed back Chris Metters and Gary Fisher from last weekend’s defeat against Appledore, with Jamie Mills and the unavailable Chris Darke making way and player-manager Adam Dyson sticking with the same formation that has seen an upturn in Spurs’ fortunes.
The game was only two minutes old when the Lambs almost took the lead. Lewis Daw found space on the edge of the box but he saw his powerful effort tipped over by Spurs No.1 Niall Herbert. The visitors continued to maintain long spells of possession but failed to make their dominance pay, with Spurs thankful to Herbert for keeping them in the game. Herbert’s next contribution was to thwart Jarryd Kelly following good work from Jack Thomas. Spurs’ Joe Long was on hand to clear the danger after Herbert had pushed Kelly’s shot more up than away. Spurs’ best and only real effort came on 28 minutes through Dyson but he could only hit the post after being released by Fisher, pressure from Daw forcing the striker to take his shot early. Tavvy’s top scorer Kelvin Fyneboy was next to be denied by Herbert who saved low down to his right after the pacey striker had cut inside Spurs skipper Kevin Dadd.
The deadlock would be broken just six minutes into the second half and it was the visitors who grabbed that goal. Spurs’ inability to defend set pieces has been something of an ongoing issue for Dyson and, once again, Spurs would be undone by one. Dave Hallett’s left-wing free kick was met by Fyneboy who stooped low to head home despite the best efforts of home defender Metters to deny the striker his opportunity. The hosts weren’t behind for long and hit back just ten minutes later; Joe Andrews’ corner kick was just out of the reach of Metters but Tom Sercombe was on hand to head home. Credit must go to Tavistock’s linesman Chris Hurford who flagged that the ball had crossed the line despite the efforts of Josh Robins. With both defences on top, and chances at a premium, it seemed that both sides would have to settle for a point from this hard fought encounter. But with just two minutes left of normal time, Spurs were dealt a sucker punch as Tavvy grabbed all three points. Carlton Farnham found himself to the left of Spurs area with one man to beat; a quick turn of pace from the diminutive striker gave him a yard of space to pull the ball back behind the retreating Spurs defenders and Jack Thomas was on hand to sweep the ball home from eight yards out. Despite moving Fisher up front with Sercombe and Dyson, Spurs were unable to test Martin Piper in the away goal as the promotion chasing visitors held on for a valuable three points.
A disappointing end to the game for Spurs, who felt they deserved a point from this tough encounter. A trip to Plymstock awaits Dyson’s men as they look to bounce back following two narrow defeats against two of the league’s top sides.
FT: Newton Abbot Spurs 1 – 2 Tavistock
With cups taking centre stage, and no South Devon interest in them, there were just three Premier league games with Plymouth Parkway climbing into the top six with a 5-1 win away at Stoke Gabriel.
Division One East:
With only the University of Exeter v Galmpton United fixture falling to the weather, 16 of the 18 sides played a league fixture today. Leaders Teignmouth moved six points clear at the top of the table with a 3-0 home win over Crediton United and there was a win too for Liverton United, who beat South Devon neighbours Totnes & Dartington 2-1 at home. One game ended in a draw with Alphington and Brixham AFC sharing the spoils from a 2-2 stalemate at the Chronicles.