The Larks’ winning streak continued with a gritty 2-1 victory against Willand Rovers.
After a bright start from the home side there were a succession of missed chances to go ahead. Harvey Pritchard supplied Dawid Regula who fired wide, then after a corner Eben Mortimer-Taylor also missed the target. The best chance came to Dawid who outpaced the Willand defence and only had Willand keeper George Burton to beat but hesitated, giving Burton the chance to regroup. Finally, on 35 minutes the pressure paid off when midfielder Matt Bowman put a lovely left-footed finish into the far corner of Burton’s net (see photo).
Max Williams then got in on the act with a low drive but the impressive Burton got down to save. Full back Callum Laird then cleared off the line to deny Pritchard only moments before half time.
The visitors must have had some hairdryer treatment during the break and made a strong start to the second period. They soon got their equaliser, a looping ball over the Larks defence from Charlie Wright.
For a while it looked like we might not even get a point but after a spell of dominance from Willand, Harvey collected a fine pass from Jack Goodall and showed great strength to beat the away defence and then Burton one on one with a composed strike.
Willand were getting back into the game after our second goal and won two free kicks in dangerous positions, but with less than 10 minutes to go their captain Owen Howe saw red and the Larks exploited their numerical advantage to hold on for the win.
Larks team: Nasta; Goodall; Bradley; Boulton; Graham; Bowman; Williams; Pritchard; Regula; Mortimer-Taylor; Camm. Subs: Lambert; Cannings; Smolka.
Photo gallery by Liz Bugg