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Matchday Live: Falmouth Town 2 Tavistock 0 FT
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- Tavistock have not played a game since December 14.
- Falmouth Town could move six points clear of Tavsitock with a win, but the Devon club have a massive four games in hand.
- Falmouth midfielder Dan Richardson could make a return to action after three weeks out with a pulled hamstring.
- Coverage begins from 2.30pm.
FALMOUTH TOWN 2 TAVISTOCK 0
A shot - the first?- from Tavistock flies miles over the bar and Town are seconds away from another three points.
Three minutes of stoppage time.
Town win a corner in the dying moments. Tavvy look dead on their feet.
Falmouth 2 Tavistock 0
Rain. Rain. Rain.
We've had 86 minutes gone and there are some tired, tired legs out there. The pace of the game, such as it was, has dropped off as a result.
Gary Bell tees up Dan Richardson, who tests Smith with a low shot. The Tavistock keeper gets down well.
TAVISTOCK: Harry Southcott replaced by Simon Cooke. (81)
TAVISTOCK: Nathan Ewing replaces Ian Rooke (78)
Town centre back Joe Cooper and Tavistock forward Ian Rooke have 'words' with each other. Referee Mitchell steps in with some words of his own.
The rain's stopped but the wind's still howling, and in the last ten minutes it seems to have picked up with long balls going astray from both sides.
its not pretty, but Town are out-scrapping Tavistock the the moment.
Just under 15 minutes to go and they still lead 2-0.
Harry Evans does everything right save find the back of the net.
Tavvy are carved apart and Andy Westgarth plays the youngster in. He twists and turns inside the box, dumps two defenders and the keeper on their backsides, but his poked effort is held up in the mud just long enough to allow Tavvy keeper Dean Smith to get back and clear it off the line!
An hour gone at Bickland Park, and Town still lead 2-0.
Dominic Batchelor goes into the book for a sloppy tackle on Tavistock forward Jack Crag. The visitors have a free kick in a good position deep in the Town half.
Town cause more problems in the Tavistock box from a set piece. Evans with the ball in, and Robins does well to clear under pressure from Ed Timmons.
Tavistock: Anthony Davey replaced by Josh Brewster (51)
Falmouth Town 2 Tavistock 0 (Wearne 49)
Rob Wearne nods in at the back post from Ed Timmons's corner. He was totally unmarked.
Falmouth lead 2-0!
What a chance for Andy Westgarth. He dummies his marker in the box, let's the ball roll across his body but hammers his shot miles over the bar.
Teams making their way out for the second half at Bickland Park.
Jordan Parkes has done the damage for Hemel with a first half hat-trick. Long way back for Steve Massey's side.
Not looking good if you're a Truro City fan. They trail Hemel Hempstead 4-0 at a windswept and sopping wet Treyew Road.
Harry Hook puts Dobwalls 2-0 up against cup holders Sticker #cornishfootball— @GarethRowett 08 February 2014
Teams making their way in at a windy, wet and frankly Baltic Bickland Park.
Its been predictably scrappy, the pitch has cut up something terrible, and shots on goal have been at a premium, but Town lead thanks to Dan Richardson's goal in the second minute.
Tavistock keeper Dean Smith will be kicking himself - if his team mates don't do it for him. Richardson's shot from the edge of the box was tame, but Smith went down early and saw the ball bobble over his head and into the far corner.
Tavistock have huffed and puffed, but for the most part they've been toothless. Gary Bell and Harry Evans both had chances to extend Town's lead, but spurned their chances.
Still everything to play for, but so far so good for John Dent's side.
Approaching half time with Town well worth their 1-0 lead. Tavistock have failed to muster a single shot on goal, while at the other end both Gary Bell and Harry Evans have had chances to double Falmouth's tally.
in other news, it's stopped raining. Happy days.
Gary Bell sees the ball drop to him unmarked 12 yards out, but it's not on his favoured right foot and he elects to pass it instead. Easy for the defenders.
Still Falmouth 1 Tavistock 0 after half an hour.
Shouts for handball in the box as a cross looks to bounce into a Falmouth hand.
Nothing doing says referee Lee Mitchell.
Good spell for Tavistock, but Town win the ball back deep in their own half and break quickly. Wearne's long ball over the top for Richardson is the right idea, but it hasn't got the legs and Tavistock scramble it clear.
Evans bursts into the six yard box, but he slides his shot across the face of the goal with Rob Wearne waiting in the wings.
Evans holds his head in his hands. The square ball for Wearne was a better option.
But it's easily cleared. All Town at the moment, but as you might expect, the game's scrappy with not much in the way of quality football on display.
Some soft defending on the right from Tavi gifts Town another corner. Manager John Dent looking for a better delivery from Timmons.
We've had almost 15 minutes here at Bickland Park, and Falmouth lead 1-0 thanks to Dan Richardson's goal on two minutes.
Comes to nothing and Tavistock clear.
Harry Evans wins Falmouth a corner on the right. Rain still battering down.
Tavistock captain Dave Hallett goes into the book for a late challenge. Hard not to feel some sympathy for him. Tough to stay on your feet out there.
Genuinely unsure how long the game can go on if the rain and wind keep up like this.
Town coping the better of the two sides at the Monet. Evans and Richardson looking dangerous.
Tom Whipp makes a sliding tackle on Jamie Phelpe inside the Falmouth box after Joe Cooper's mistakes gives the men in pink - yes, pink - a two on two situation.
Andy Westgarth has the ball in the back of the net for Town, but referee Lee Mitchell blows for a foul on a Tavistock defender and it doesn't count.
A howler by Tavistock keeper Dean Smith as Dan Richardson's tame shot from the edge of the box bobbles over him and into the far corner.
Perfect start for Town.
Dan Richardson opens the scoring for Town inside two minutes!
It really is belting down here in Falmouth.
And we're off!
Not sure how keen some of the Tavistock players are, and who can blame them. It's awful out there.
Sure enough, down comes the rain...
The verdict from one of the linesmen on the state of the pitch?
So there you go. It was in a much worse state for the Liskeard game early in January, but as the sky begins to bruise and the clouds gather we may be in for another downpour...
'Unbeaten in 2014!' is the rallying cry at Bickland Park at the moment - and why not? It's true. A win today would really help ease Town's relegation fears and lift them six points clear of Tavistock.
True, the Devon club have four games in hand, but any manager worth his salt will tell you it's always better to have the points in the bag.
Coincidentally, Tavistock last played on December 14, which is also the last time Town lost.
Rain falling at Bickland Park, but the pitch has stood up well to the weather. That's partly due to the sterling work of groundsman Mark Jones.
But Town also invested heavily in a new surface during the summer. Seems they're reaping the rewards.
This is, of course, Andy Bowker's first game in charge of Tavistock after leaving Truro City.
Many were tipping Bowker to get the vacant second team job at Treyew Road, and there were undeniable murmurs of discontent from some quarters when he didn't.
A win today would be the perfect start for the former City man.
Who'd be a linesman today...
Tavistock : D Smith, R Moorehead, H Southcott, D Hallett (c), J Ahearn, J Robins, J Phelpe, J Kelly, J Crag, I Rooke, A Davey. Subs: J Brewstey, N Ewing, J Cooke, S Cooke.
So as expected its a return to action for Dan Richardson - if nothing else the break in action has given him time to recover from his hamstring injury.
Town expecting to line up in the same 4-2-3-1 formation they employed last time out.
Falmouth Town: D Burrows, E Timmons, D Batchelor, T Whipp (c), J Cooper, R Pope, D Richardson, G Bell, R Wearne, A Westgarth, H Evans. Subs: L Dent, S Kellow, B Bassett.
The playing surface is wet in places, but mainly along the touch lines where the linesmen will be running.
Tell you what, it's a touchy blowy at Bickland Park...
...as have Falmouth Eagles in the rugby. Their home match in Tribute Cornwall and Devon league was postponed at 9.30am following a pitch inspection, which makes it doubly impressive that Town have managed to get their game on.
Penryn Athletic, Helston Athletic and Porthleven haven't been so lucky. They've seen their fixtures cancelled due to the wild weather.
Astonishingly, Falmouth appears to have escaped the worst of the rain, and thanks to the positively Herculean efforts of the Bickland Park ground staff Tavistock look set to play their first game in the South West Peninsula League premier division since December 14.