There was great cup action at Edenvale Park on Tuesday night as Rangers proved to be just too good for a high riding Tavistock side who had put 7 goals past Bodmin in their last game.
Rangers were missing Langabeer, Letori, Greening, Riggs and Hill from their line up. In came Lewis Wight, Ash Donahue and Rhys Parsons for their first starts of the season and they all played their part in a superb victory.
Unlike a few games of late we have been slow out of the blocks but that was not the case last night and after only ten minutes we were in front. Jordan Harris broke down the right and crossed for Rhys Parsons to score from six yards. On the half hour Jordan appeared to be brought down in the box but the referee waived aside the appeals. Worse was to follow as the ball was immediately swept upfield and fell to the feet of ex Ranger Tallon Burns who equalised with a great shot from the edge of the box.
People were still taking their seats for the second half when we went in front again, Rhys flicked on a through ball from Beechy and Jordan raced clear to put us 2-1 up. Rangers enjoyed their best spell now and had a couple of good opportunities to extend their lead. The “Lambs” task was not helped when, on the hour, they lost their left back for kicking out at Jordan. That made a change playing against ten men instead of with ten. This seemed to gulvanize the visitors and they began to play their best football of the game and deservedly equalised on 80 minutes when a Burns free kick was headed home from close range. But back bounced Rangers as Brendon Parsons who had come on as replacement for his brother hit a great through ball into the path of Jordan and Rangers were in front again. Just when we thought the game was over Tavy were back on level terms when a Burns corner was headed home at the near post. But there was still more drama to come, Ash was fouled on the edge of the box, Bailo slid the free kick to Jordan but his shot was blocked on the line, fortunately Ash was first to react and he forced the ball home from six yards to seal a famous victory and a home tie against Barnstaple in the quarter finals.
Hopefully this performance will give the players confidence as they return to League action with a trip to Callington on Saturday.
Team : Seedhouse-Evans, Orchard, Beech, Ansell, Reed, Down, Baily, Wight, Parsons R(Parsons B 75 mins), Donahue, Harris.