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.

4:46pm

FALMOUTH TOWN 2 TAVISTOCK 0

4:46pm

A shot - the first?- from Tavistock flies miles over the bar and Town are seconds away from another three points.

4:42pm

Three minutes of stoppage time.

4:42pm

Town win a corner in the dying moments. Tavvy look dead on their feet.

Falmouth 2 Tavistock 0

4:41pm

Rain. Rain. Rain.

4:40pm

Falmouth Packet:

4:38pm

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.

4:33pm

TAVISTOCK: Harry Southcott replaced by Simon Cooke. (81)

4:29pm

TAVISTOCK: Nathan Ewing replaces Ian Rooke (78)

4:28pm

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.

4:27pm

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.

 

 

4:16pm

CLOSE FALMOUTH!

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!

4:11pm

An hour gone at Bickland Park, and Town still lead 2-0.

4:10pm

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.

 

4:05pm

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.

4:03pm

Tavistock: Anthony Davey replaced by Josh Brewster (51)

4:01pm

Falmouth Town 2 Tavistock 0 (Wearne 49)

4:00pm

Rob Wearne nods in at the back post from Ed Timmons's corner. He was totally unmarked.

Falmouth lead 2-0!

3:59pm

3:58pm

CLOSE FALMOUTH! 

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.

3:54pm

Teams making their way out for the second half at Bickland Park.

Rain's back...

3:51pm

Jordan Parkes has done the damage for Hemel with a first half hat-trick. Long way back for Steve  Massey's side.

3:50pm

Not looking good if you're a Truro City fan. They trail Hemel Hempstead 4-0 at a windswept and sopping wet Treyew Road.

3:49pm

Falmouth Packet:

3:48pm

3:48pm

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.

3:42pm

3:37pm

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.

3:29pm

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.

3:24pm

Shouts for handball in the box as a cross looks to bounce into a Falmouth hand.

Nothing doing says referee Lee Mitchell.

3:23pm

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.

3:18pm

CLOSE FALMOUTH! 

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.

3:17pm

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.

3:14pm

Some soft defending on the right from Tavi gifts Town another corner. Manager John Dent looking for a better delivery from Timmons.

3:12pm

We've had almost 15 minutes here at Bickland Park, and Falmouth lead 1-0 thanks to Dan Richardson's goal on two minutes.

3:11pm

Comes to nothing and Tavistock clear.

3:10pm

Harry Evans wins Falmouth a corner on the right. Rain still battering down.

3:09pm

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.

 

3:07pm

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.

3:03pm

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.

 

3:01pm

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.

 

3:00pm

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.

2:58pm

Dan Richardson opens the scoring for Town inside two minutes!

2:57pm

It really is belting down here in Falmouth. 

2:56pm

And we're off!

2:53pm

Not sure how keen some of the Tavistock players are, and who can blame them. It's awful out there.

Falmouth Packet:

2:52pm

Falmouth Packet:

2:47pm

Sure enough, down comes the rain...

2:47pm

The verdict from one of the linesmen on the state of the pitch? 

"Like pudding."

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...

2:45pm

'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.

2:40pm

Coincidentally, Tavistock last played on December 14, which is also the last time Town lost.

2:36pm

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.

2:34pm

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.

2:30pm

Who'd be a linesman today...

2:30pm

Falmouth Packet:

2:27pm

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.

2:25pm

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.

2:23pm

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.

2:18pm

The playing surface is wet in places, but mainly along the touch lines where the linesmen will be running.

 

2:09pm

Tell you what, it's a touchy blowy at Bickland Park...

1:31pm

...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.

1:30pm

Penryn Athletic, Helston Athletic and Porthleven haven't been so lucky. They've seen their fixtures cancelled due to the wild weather. 

1:27pm

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.

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