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16 July 2018 Venue Langsford Park Attendance

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Tavistock AFC
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Cardiff City

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Substitutes

Manager

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    Stuart Henderson

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    Etheridge
    GK
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    Peltier
    DF
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    Cunningham
    DF
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    Morrison
    DF
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    Ecuele Manga
    DF
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    Paterson
    MF
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    J. Murphy
    MF
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    Ralls
    MF
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    Madine
    FW
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    Reid
    FW
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    Hoilett
    MF

Substitutes

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    Smithies
    SUB
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    B. Murphy
    SUB
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    Richards
    SUB
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    Connolly
    SUB
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    Bennett
    SUB
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    K. Harris
    SUB
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    Mendez-Laing
    SUB
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    Ward
    SUB

Manager

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    Neil Warnock

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Tavistock AFC vs Cardiff City

16 July 2018

Following Friday’s curtain raiser at the home of Taff’s Well, the Bluebirds head to the South West for a week-long tour, taking in three first team fixtures.

Neil Warnock’s men begin the week with a visit to Langsford Park, to face Tavistock AFC on Monday, 16th July. Tickets are available for purchase at the gate for those who have made the journey to Devon, with adult tickets priced at £10, concessions at £7 and under-16’s at £2. Gates open at 5pm.

Know Your Opponent

The Lambs currently compete in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, which is the tenth tier of the English football pyramid. Last season, Tavistock finished second in the division, behind Plymouth Parkway. The club play at Langsford Park, which has a capacity of around 2,000.

The club’s top scorer last season was Josh Grant, who netted thirty-nine goals in forty-eight appearances. Midfielder Dave Hallett picked up both the Supporters’ Player and Players’ Player of the Year Awards last term, whilst Lewis Daw scooped the Manager’s Player Award.

Tavistock are managed by Stuart Henderson, who told the local press, “I am absolutely delighted that Cardiff City are coming to Langsford Park. This will be a massive test for the players to try and compete with top quality Premier League opposition.”

Summer So Far

The Lambs have already played two pre-season matches this summer, with a 2-1 defeat to Tiverton Town on July 10th and a 5-1 loss to Plymouth Argyle on July 14th. Tavistock took the lead against the Pilgrims through striker Lewis Coombes, only to be pegged back by their local League One opposition.

After tonight’s match, our hosts will face four friendly fixtures against Plymouth Parkway, Bere Alston United, Taunton Town FC and Bideford FC. The competitive season kicks off for Tavistock on Tuesday, 7th August, with an away trip Godolphin Atlantic AFC. After last season’s second place finish, the Lambs will be looking to go one better this term, and clinch promotion to the Western League Premier Division.

Last Time Out

The Bluebirds visited Langsford Park a year ago to the day, opening last season’s tour with a 7-2 victory against the Lambs. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing opened the scoring after only two minutes with a deflected strike, before goals from Idriss Saadi and Kenneth Zohore extended City’s lead.

Adam Carter got one back for the hosts midway through the first half, only for our goalscoring trio of Mendez-Laing, Zohore and Saadi to double their personal tallies, taking the score to 6-1 at the break.

Carter earned himself a penalty in the second half and netted the spot kick to secure a brace of his own for Tavistock, before Joe Ralls calmly slotted into the bottom corner to seal the victory, ensuring an excellent start to the pre-season tour for City.

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Match Reports

Pre-Season Report: Tavistock AFC 0-6 Cardiff City

Bluebirds kick-off pre-season with resounding win in Devon...

16 July 2018

The Bluebirds opened their 2018-19 pre-season campaign with a comfortable 6-0 victory over South West Peninsula League Premier Division club, Tavistock AFC.

A full-strength side took to the field on Monday evening, with Sol Bamba and Aron Gunnarsson the only senior professionals rested. Kenneth Zohore had been given a leave of absence following the birth of his child over the weekend.

The fixture began in a similar fashion to the meeting between the two sides 12 months prior, with City registering in the opening exchanges. Good work down the left, that involved debutant Greg Cunningham, ended with ‘keeper Oak palming the ball into the path of Junior Hoillett who was able to tap home left-footed with ease inside 60 seconds.

Tavistock looked to open up and take the game to their opponents, though their endeavours were snuffed out, in the main, at source. In the ninth minute, City were two to the good; a move begun by Joe Ralls was finished by the midfielder, who was quick to follow up his initial header after it had been well saved by Oak. Hoilett, this time, would be credited for a fine cross in the build-up.



There was to be no let-up and, in the 23rd minute, Gary Madine registered his first goal in Cardiff City colours. Hoilett, Ralls and Callum Paterson had all come close in the minutes prior, before the big striker found space and time on the edge of the area to fire home from 20 yards out into the bottom of the Tavistock net.

It was 4-0 two minutes later and, this time, it came as the result of some fine link-up play between two new signings. Cunningham linked nicely with Hoilett on the left-hand touchline, before powering forward towards the corner quadrant. The left-back put in an excellent left footed cross that wasn’t dealt with by a floundering home defence, allowing Bobby Reid to control the ball before firing home on the half volley.



No sooner was it four it became five, Madine rising at the near-post to direct a looping header home past Oak for his second of the evening. The flow was stemmed somewhat from the half hour mark into the interval, though with the score at 5-0 come the sound of the Referee’s whistle, a suggestion of any sort of Tavistock revival was effectively quashed.



Unsurprisingly, the tempo of the game dropped in the second half: City were still comfortable in the possession that they dominated but lacked the merciless precision and penetration that they had dished out in the first.

On the hour mark, Neil Warnock made seven personnel changes with Peltier, Morrison, Cunningham, Hoilett, Murphy, Reid and Madine being replaced by Richards, Connolly, Bennett, Damour, Harris, Mendez-Laing and Ward.

Indeed, it was Danny Ward who got the scoring back underway in the 69th minute of the game. The striker, making his first appearance for 2018 following a season-ending injury that came against Norwich City back in December, was able to volley home-side footed inside the area following a pin-point cross from fellow substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

There were further chances in the game for Harris, Damour and Bennett, although goalkeeper Oak was applauded by those in attendance at Langsford Park for making some start stops in the face of adversity.

Ultimately, though, it was the travelling supporters who left with the biggest smiles on their faces, with a trip to Bodmin, on Wednesday, next on the agenda for the first-team party stationed in the South-West of England.

Highlights and reaction to follow on Cardiff City TV…

Tavistock AFC: Oak; Davies, Evans, Daw, Robins, Caffio, Hallett, Shanley, T. Burns, Elliott, Coombes. Subs: Prynn, C. Burns, Afet, Toujans, Craigo, Clifton, Gosling, Williams.

Cardiff City FC: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison ©, Ecuele Manga, Cunningham; Paterson, Ralls; Reid; Hoilett, J. Murphy; Madine. Subs: Smithies, B. Murphy; Richards, Bennett, Connolly; Damour, Harris, Mendez-Laing; Ward.

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