Millbrook 2 – 4 Tavistock

Aug 18, 2021

This proved a fixture too far for Millbrook after a hectic week as impressive Tavistock ran out comfortable Western Prem winners at Jenkins Park.

Josh Grant’s 33rd minute goal ended the home side’s resistance and although they enjoyed a period of pressure in the early part of the second half, they were made to pay for failing to find an equaliser.

Tavistock stepped up a gear and scored three goals in seven minutes to put the game well out of reach.

Liam Prynn doubled their lead in the 74th minute and then Ryan Richards, dual registered with Torpoint, came to life in the box with goals in the 76th and 81st minutes.

To their credit, Millbrook hit back with two goals in the last five minutes but there was never a chance of them repeating their remarkable comeback at Saltash last week when they won 6-4 after being 3-0 down.

Tom Payne’s volley from close range in the 88th minute was only a consolation and Rikki Shepherd’s goal in the third minute of time added on owed everything to a catastrophic mix-up between Tavistock keeper Josh Oak and centre back Callum Davenport.

Shepherd may argue you have to be there to force the mistake and capitalise with a finish.

The main difference between the sides was the quality of the finishing by quality players. In Grant, Prynn and Richards, Stuart Henderson’s team carry a significant threat.

Both sides had several regular players out but the most significant absentee was probably Millbrook goalkeeper Sam Borthwick, who picked up a knock in Saturday’s win over Bridport.

Reserve goalkeeper Scott Shirley did nothing wrong but the defence in front of him was not as assured as usual.

Millbrook expect to have Borthwick back in the side for Saturday’s big FA Cup tie at Willand Rovers.