Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Axmouth United 2, University 0
United stay top of Fresha Division Four after a fine victory over the side sitting immediately below them in the table at the start of the day, in the section’s match-of-the-day
The students pitched up with a perfect played five and won five record and started brightly, but it was United who scored first when Daniel Reynolds tucked the ball home after a Matt Ellis shot was blocked on the line. Reynolds could have doubled the lead soon after when an Asa Sandman header glanced the bar and flashed to him at the far post, but he just failed to get a clean touch as the ball flew wide.
The previously free scoring visitors were finding chances hard to come by as Axmouth defended stoutly and solidly talking the single goal lead into the break.
From the restart it was the student team that again looked brighter, but their impressive play was soon being nullified by the collective desire of the home side.
When one of a number of well-flighted David Goodhew deliveries into the box was only partially cleared, it fell to Reece Hales who thundered a volley into the back of the net.
With the home side matching the visitors for pace and fitness, home keeper Bradley Cross was rarely threatened, but pulled off a fine save when a stray pass left the Uni striker with a chance to pull one back.
It proved their last real opportunity to get back in the game though as Axmouth stifled much of their threats and gained another home and important three points.
United boss Laurie Forino said: “That’s our best of the season to date. The lads all worked their socks off against a side we knew would be fit and fast, but we matched them all over the pitch. Defensively we were fantastic, not just the back four, but all over the park. With their (University) goal scoring record we knew we had to be strong and to keep a clean sheet shows how well we worked. It’s another good win and keeps us up there in contention with many more tough games expected. All the players were great, but special mention for Joe Berry who was outstanding as the Man of the Match.”
Next up for United is Saturday’s home meeting with sixth placed Thorverton Reserves (2.15pm).
Fresha League Division Four (top 6)
P W D L F A Pts
Axmouth United 8 7 1 0 23 12 22
Lord’s XI 7 5 1 1 24 14 16
University 5ths 6 5 0 1 25 12 15
Exmouth Town 2nds 7 4 3 0 17 10 15
Cheriton Fitzpaine 7 4 0 3 19 10 12
Thorverton 2nds 7 3 1 3 24 13 10