Rangers put up a brave fight at high riding Tavistock and can feel unfortunate that we did not come away with a share of the spoils.
Despite being without the services of Beechy, Bailo and Ash Mitchell we enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for the first twenty minutes and it was against the run of play when the “The Lambs” took the lead when ex Ranger Tallon Burns played a neat 1-2 on the edge of the box to set up Jack Crago to score from close range. The home team were now in the ascendency but the Rangers back line remained solid and we almost snatched an equaliser but the home keeper managed to keep out a Ash Donahue special so it was 1-0 at the break.
The second half was an even affair with Tavvy having the better chances although Adam only had one real save of note to make as his defenders continued to show their fine form of late. Then came the contentious moment in the game when Brandon Parsons, on one of his darting runs, appeared to be brought down in the penalty area and when the referee blew his whistle we all thought it must be for a spot kick but to everyone’s amazement he cautioned Brandon for diving.
We still found time to create another couple of half chances but just could not find that elusive equaliser and the game finished with the probable league champions wasting time at the corner flag to see the game out.
Liam was naturally disappointed with the result but pleased with the performance although he would have liked us to have shown more of a threat in front of goal. “We really competed well all over the pitch and when you consider that as well as missing three key players we als had a couple of lads on the pitch who were carrying injuries I think we did great. The penalty decision was obviously key, we all heard a clash of boots and thought it must be a pen but it was not to be. The referee obviously gave what he saw and we must respect him for that. A special mention for Joel Letori. He was home for Christmas and stepped in at right back. He had not played a match since Callington on 29th September but you would never have thought it as he hardly put a foot wrong. It is nice to hear some of their lads saying that we were the best team to have played at their place but it is scant concillation when you have just lost.”
We now look forward to our cup game with Sidmouth on 2nd December at Edenvale Park.
Team: Seedhouse-Evans, Letori, Hill, Ansell, Reed, Langabeer(R.Parsons 7omins), B. Parsons, Greening, White(Stone 85 mins), Donahue, Beddow.