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REPORT: Tavistock 2-1 Frome Town

The Lambs took The Robins to the slaughter as Town fall foul of an FA Cup upset, despite a goal from Will Hailston.

Frome manager Danny Greaves named an unchanged side, from Wednesday’s 3-0 convincing Southern League win over Bideford, for their trip to Tavistock.

In the opening minutes, both sides seemed to have the measure of the other, with the Devonian Western League side going toe-to-toe with their Somerset Southern League counterparts.

The hosts took the lead as The Robins conceded a penalty, which was duly dispatched past ‘keeper Rob Brown, giving The Lambs a smell, albeit faint, of an upset.

Their hopes of an upset wouldn’t last long as Will Hailston nodded the ball home from close range, his third in as many games for The Robins.

A quick turnaround was nearly complete within a matter of minutes but Dan Cottle’s effort from metres out was palmed away by the Tavistock ‘keeper.

The Robins had another chance to take the lead just before half-time through Joe O’Loughlin, who is a Tavistock native, made his way into the box with a lung bursting run but his shot was straight at the Tavistock keeper.

Greaves used all three substitutions in a bid to energise his Robins squad into action to prevent a replay, bringing on Matt Smith, Rob Hobbs and Ryan Bath, who was the clubs top scorer last season.

The subs wouldn’t make enough of a difference as Luke Brown evaded The Robins defence and gave them back the lead and sent The Lambs into pandemonium and the First Qualifying Round.

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