PARKWAY HEAD TO FAMILIAR TERRITORY
By Rob Kershaw
Parkway have one more game to negotiate ahead in pre-season before the madness all kicks off again, and it happens to be very close to home.
The Yellows are set to travel 20 minutes north to Langsford Park to face a Tavistock side full of confidence heading into the new season.
Tavistock won the Western League Premier Division last season by winning the league, two points ahead of Exmouth.
They won 24 of their 36 games all told in the league in the last campaign, 14 of them coming at home, while they only lost five over the course of the season, two of them coming at home.
One of the more spectacular highlights of their season was a 9-0 whitewash of Bridport and, after such stern competition being thrown at them by Exmouth, they were worthy champions.
They join Parkway as members of the Southern League this campaign having been promoted to the Division One South ahead of this season – a league Parkway have fond memories of.
Tavistock have taken wins against the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City’s development sides during pre-season, taking their only loss at home to Mousehole.
Parkway have tasted defeat on the road to Buckland and Saltash recently after beating Mousehole in Cornwall.
Prior to that, we drew with Argyle at Bolitho, before heading across the Tamar and collecting a 1-1 draw with Torpoint.
This summer has seen some excellent preparatory work done by Lee Hobbs’ men ahead of what will be another tough season, and the lads have one final push before the gaffer is given the headache of finalising his plans for 22/23.
On the whole, he will have quite a nice conundrum on his hands, with a number of players impressing in a multitude of positions.
A short trip up the A386 awaits to get to Langsford Park, but car/bus travel is really the only way to go. There used to be two train stations in Tavistock, both of which have long been closed.
It should be another warm one on Saturday with temperatures of around 20 Degrees Celsius forecasted for kick-off, but there will be some cloud cover and a breeze to make things a little more comfortable.
Please note, KO is at the earlier time of 1pm this Saturday