Match Preview: Tavistock v Yate Town

Tavistock AFC v Yate Town

Saturday 27th April 2024 – kick-off 3.00pm

Yate Town travel to Tavistock in West Devon for their final game of the season next now knowing that the chance of a play-off place is no longer possible after the 3-3 draw against Cribbs last Saturday and the way other results went. However. Yate Town Manager, Darren Mullings, plus his players will be looking for to finish as high as possible in the final table. Yate sit in 8th position in the Southern league Division One South table with four more points than Tavistock.

Our opponents:

Like Yate Town, Tavistock, were near the foot of the table in September but both teams have seen their results improve considerably throughout the season.

This will be the third meeting between the clubs this season having the clubs having already met twice earlier in the campaign, both at the South West Interiors Stadium. The first game back on September 9th was an FA Trophy game, and John Rendell’s last in charge, with the visitors winning 2-0 with late goals from Owen Pritchard and Jacob Bowker. Tavistock’s second visit was on Tuesday 30th January when the Bluebells turned in a stunning performance to win 5-1 with their goals being scored by Oli Jenkins, Nick McCootie 2, James Taylor and Calum English-Bown, with a late consolation goal by Alex Battle for the visitors.

Nick McCootie scoring against Tavistock back in January.

This is the Devon club’s second season at this level, having won promotion from the Westen League at the end of season 2021/22 and their first season at this level (2022/23) saw them just missing out on a play-off spot.

One player that Yate Town fans will recognise is Joe O’Loughlin who was involved in 6 games for the Bluebells earlier in the season, scoring two goals. He then went travelling for a short period following his graduation from university but on his return had to relocate to near Plymouth and subsequently signed for Tavistock, where he has been in excellent form recently and amongst the goals.

Joe O’Loughlin in action for Yate Town back in September against Westbury United.

Recent form guide

Tavistock are currently in 11th position in the League after a more than hectic schedule over the past month before Saturday’s final fixture of the season.

After drawing 2-2 at Cribbs and winning 3-2 at Bideford on Easter Monday on April 1st this was followed by a 1-2 defeat at Malvern and a 1-3 at home loss to Evesham. An evening game on Wednesday 16th April at Mousehole which they lost 2-3 was to be followed with four games in eight games with a 0-0 draw at Bashley followed by 3 further games at home to Wimborne on Tuesday 24th April, who they beat 3-2 with a stoppage time winner but on Thursday evening Tavistock lost 0-2 against Bristol Manor Farm with their final game of the season at home to Yate Town, less than 48 hours after their previous game, in what has been a gruelling end of the season for the Devon club due to a fixture pile up caused by all the bad weather.

How to get there

Tavistock play at Langsford Park which is situated in the heart of Tavistock, on the A386. There is free parking, including disabled bays, and wheel chair access into the ground. The postcode for your Sat Nav is PL19 8JR. Take the signs for Tavistock College and Sports Centre, go past the College and the ground entrance is a further 100 meters on your left-hand side. The 130-mile journey from Yate should take about two and a half hours.

Tavistock AFC’s ground Langsford Park.

Make a day out of it! Tavistock is a thriving, situated on the River Tavy, from which it derives its name. It is a beautifully friendly market town that is worthy of any visitor. An ancient stannary town and home of the cream tea, Tavistock is the only town in Devon to hold world heritage status. The vibrancy and uniqueness of Tavistock is undeniable with a range of beautiful local independent shops which are a

far cry from today’s typical high street. Not to be overlooked is the famous pannier market or the award-winning farmers’ market. It is truly a shoppers’ paradise